Budgie Miniatures

No.5 Mobile Police Car

Budgie Miniatures No.5 Police Car

No.5 Police Car started life in 1956 as one of the early models in the Esso Petrol Pump Series (See Esso Series No.5 Police Car). Based on the Wolseley 6/80 Saloon widely used by the Police in the 1950's, it was made for Morris & Stone by Modern Products Ltd. whose foundry was next door in Stoke Newington, London.

 

The model was coloured black with a silver painted base and unpainted metal wheels and large silver-painted loudspeakers on the roof. On this first type base 'Police Car Wolsley Six-Eighty' ('Wolsley' mis-spelt),  'No.5', and 'Made in England' were cast.

 

In 1959 the Esso Series ended but the Police Car was re-issued unchanged under the Budgie Toys label in yellow blister-packs and a year later was included in the first Budgie Miniatures Gift Sets.

 

The metal wheels continued but grey plastic wheels were added in 1962. The blister-packs were switched to blue and No.5 Police Car started being sold in boxes under 'Mobile' and later 'Modern' Vehicle Series labels.

 

The base had an upgrade in 1964 with the appearance of a green model with black plastic wheels and no silver trim on the rear bumper. The silver-painted second type base had 'No'5' in a raised circle and the lettering changed to 'Budgie Models Police Car Made in England'. The green Police Car appeared in blue blister-packs and in the US in World Toy House packs.

 

The final black version of the Police Car was also fitted with the second type base and black plastic wheels and like the green version had no silver trim at the rear.

 

No.5 Police Car continued in production after 1966 when Giuterman (Budgie's owners) ceased trading. Modern Products Ltd. retained the dies and later acquired the 'Budgie Models' name. They re-issued it in blue blister-packs with 'Budgie Models Ltd' as manufacturer.

 

In 1970 the Wolseley Police Car was finally withdrawn after 14 years. 

Morestone Esso Petrol Pump Series No.5 Police Car

First issue black with umw

Esso Petrol Pump box with Garage Coupon

Budgie Miniatures No.5 Police Car - Mobile Vehicle Series
Budgie Miniatures No.5 Police Car - Mobile Vehicle Series

Variation 1 : black with unpainted metal wheels

MOBILE Vehicle Series box

No.5 Mobile Police Car

Model Variations

 

  • (1)  BLACK,    silver trim,      SILVER type 1 base ('Wolsley'),       unpainted metal wheels

 

  • (2)  BLACK,    silver trim,      SILVER type 1 base ('Wolsley'),        grey plastic wheels

 

  • (3)  GREEN,   no rear trim,   SILVER type 2 base ('Police Car'),   black plastic wheels

 

  • (4)  BLACK,    no rear trim,   SILVER type 2 base ('Police Car'),   black plastic wheels

Budgie Miniatures No.5 Police Car - gpw, Modern type 1 box
Budgie No.5 Police Car - gpw, Modern type 1 box

Variation 2 : black with grey plastic wheels

MODERN Vehicle Series (type 1) box

No.5 Mobile Police Car

Boxes & Packs 

 

1956-59      Esso Petrol Pump Series boxes 

 

1960-62      Yellow 'Budgie Toys' blister-packs (Guiterman)

 

1961-64      Budgie Gift Sets Nos.8 & 12

 

1962-63      MOBILE Vehicle Series boxes

 

1962-66      Blue 'Budgie' blister-packs (Guiterman)

 

1964-70      World Toy House blister-packs (US)

 

1964-66      MODERN Vehicle Series (type 1) boxes

 

1966-70      Blue 'Budgie' blister-packs (Budgie Models)

 

1967-70      Budgie No.96b 'Service Set' triple blister-packs

Budgie No.5 Police Car - green
Budgie No.5 Police Car - green

Variation 3 : green, no rear trim, bpw

Budgie No.5 Police Car colours
Budgie No.5 Police Car - bases

Bases, wheels & colours

type 1 base, gpw (rear); type 2 base, bpw (front)

No.5 Police Car Blister-packs

Budgie Miniatures No.5 Police Car - yellow blister-pack
Budgie Miniatures No.5 Police Car - yellow blister-pack reverse

Yellow Guiterman pack, black model with gpw

Budgie Miniatures No.5 Police Car - blue blister-pack

Blue Guiterman pack, green model

Budgie Miniatures No.5 Police Car - blue blister-pack
Budgie Miniatures No.5 Police Car - Toy House blister-pack

World Toy House pack, green model

Budgie Miniatures No.5 Police Car - blue blister-pack (reverse)

Blue Budgie Models pack,  black model with bpw

 The real Wolseley 6/80 Police Car

Nicholas Martin Diecast

Morestone, Budgie, Benbros Vintage Toys

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Abbreviations used on Nicholas Martin Diecast

   

  • bpw  - black plastic wheels

  • pmw - painted metal wheels

  • pw    - plastic wheels

  • spw  - silver plastic wheels

  • um    - unpainted metal

  • umw - unpainted metal wheels

  • id.     - maker's identification

 

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