Morestone 'Esso' Petrol Pump Series
No.19 Rover 105
The Rover 105R 'Rovermatic' car was launched in October 1956 with the first British-built automatic transmission. Morestone added their model as No.19 in the Esso Petrol Pump Series a year later. It had a long life being in production until 1970.
Manufactured for Morestone by Modern Products Ltd, the Rover was a well made but slightly dull model. It had a conventional body & base construction and standard unpainted metal wheels on flat-head & crimped axles.
Coloured green, the model was given silver trim on the grille, headlights and front & rear bumpers. The gloss black base had 'Rover 105 Rovermatic' and 'Made in England' on it with 'No.19' cast directly onto the flat base. Later re-issues had an altered base; details are on the Budgie Miniatures No.19 Rover 105 page.
Issued after the Garage Offer ended, No.19 Rover 105 had an Esso box with a large number in a circle on the base flap with a Tanker Coupon included inside.
Being well made and having a long life, the Rover is among the most common models in the Esso Series and mint models are not hard to find.
No.19 Rover 105 - Summary
Issued in Esso Series : 1957-59
Re-issued by Budgie : 1960-70
Length : 65mm
Value (MINT model in MINT Esso box) : c.£15-25
Esso (large font), Number in circle on base flap, Tanker Coupon
GREEN body silver trim gloss BLACK base UMW
Details of later versions, boxes and packs on Budgie Miniatures pages