Budgie Miniatures

No.7 Mercedes-Benz Racing Car

Budgie Miniatures No.7 Mercedes-Benz Racing Car

No.7 Mercedes-Benz Racing Car was modelled on the successful 1954 Formula 1 car, the W196R, and first appeared as Esso Series No.7 Mercedes-Benz in 1956. Like the real car, it was always painted metallic silver and so did not need any trim. The base and driver were cast together and were coloured red.


In 1958 Morestone included the Mercedes-Benz as one of the four cars in 'Noddy's Garage Set'.


After the Esso Series ended in 1959, it was re-issued by Budgie for five more years. It possibly appeared in yellow blister-packs but was mostly sold in 'Mobile' or 'Modern' Vehicle Series boxes. 


Both the Budgie Gift Sets of miniatures Nos 8 and 12 included the Mercedes-Benz Racing Car.


There was little change to No.7 but around 1964 the long-running metal wheels were replaced by black plastic and the colour of the driver & base became a slightly darker red.


It was withdrawn in 1965.

Morestone Esso Series No.7 Mercedes-Benz Racing car

First issue metallic silver with umw

Esso Petrol Pump Series box with Garage Coupon

Budgie No.7 Mercedes-Benz Racing Car - Mobile box
Budgie No.7 Mercedes-Benz - Mobile box

Variation 1 : metallic silver with unpainted metal wheels

MOBILE Vehicle Series box

No.7 Mercedes-Benz Racing Car

Model Variations


  • (1)  METALLIC  SILVER,    RED base,    unpainted metal wheels


  • (2)  METALLIC SILVER,     RED base,     black plastic wheels

Budgie No.7 Mercedes-Benz Racing Car - bpw, Modern (type 1) box
Budgie No.7 Mercedes-Benz Racing Car - bpw, Modern (type 1) box

Variation 2 : metallic silver with black plastic wheels

MODERN Vehicle Series (type 1) box

No.7 Mercedes-Benz Racing Car

Boxes & Packs


1956-59      Esso Petrol Pump Series boxes


1957-58      Noddy's Garage Set


1961-64     Budgie Gift Sets Nos.8 and 12


1962-63      MOBILE Vehicle Series boxes


1964-65      MODERN Vehicle Series (type 1) boxes

The real Mercedes-Benz W196R Racing Car

Nicholas Martin Diecast

Morestone, Budgie, Benbros Vintage Toys

Britains Lilliput Vehicles     Kemlows Sentry Box

Abbreviations used on Nicholas Martin Diecast


  • umw - unpainted metal wheels

  • pmw - painted metal wheels

  • pw    - plastic wheels

  • gpw  - grey plastic wheels

  • spw  - silver plastic wheels

  • bpw  - black plastic wheels

  • um    - unpainted metal

  • id.     - maker's identification


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