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Budgie Miniatures

No.16 Austin-Healey

Budgie Miniatures No.16 Austin-Healey

No.16 in the Budgie Miniatures collection was a model of a famous 1950's sports car, the Austin-Healey 100. Morris & Stone first issued the Austin-Healey in 1957 as Esso Series No.16 Austin-Healey and it continued in the Budgie range until 1963/4.


The Austin-Healey was a straightforward body & base model held together by a central rivet. The driver was part of the base. The windscreen was represented by two side struts.


The model was always painted red with an off-white or cream base & driver. Silver trim was hand-applied for most of the model's life to the grille, headlights and front & rear bumpers but later when spray trim was used the rear bumper was omitted.


The wheels of No.16 were unpainted metal for much of its life but they were switched to black plastic and the model painted in a darker red for the last few years of production.


No.16 had a shorter life in the Budgie Miniatures range but is not hard to find. After the Esso Series it was issued in 'Morris & Stone' yellow blister packs and later in similar 'Guiterman' ones. It was also sold in both 'Mobile' and 'Modern' (type 1) Vehicle Series boxes, it was one of the cars in Noddy's Garage Set and it was included in Budgie Gift Set No.12.


Late examples of the Austin-Healey can show deterioration in the casting, and both variations are liable to metal fatigue, especially on the base section.

No.16 was withdrawn in 1964.

Morestone Esso Petrol Pump Series No.16 Austin-Healey

Variation 1 with Esso Petrol Pump box and Tanker Coupon

No.16 Austin-Healey

Model Variations


  • (1)  RED, OFF-WHITE base & driver, hand-applied trim, unpainted metal wheels


  • (2)  RED, OFF-WHITE base & driver, spray-applied trim, black plastic wheels

Budgie Miniatures No.16 Austin-Healey - bpw, Modern (type 1) box
Budgie Miniatures No.16 Austin-Healey - bpw, Modern (type 1) box

Variation 2 with 'Modern' type 1 box

No.16 Austin-Healey

Boxes and Packs


1957-59   Esso Petrol Pump Series boxes

1957-58   Noddy's Garage Set

1960-62  Yellow 'Budgie Toys' blister packs (Morris & Stone)


1961-64  Budgie Gift Set No.12


1962-64  MOBILE Vehicle Series boxes


1962-64  MODERN Vehicle Series (type 1) boxes

1962-64  Yellow 'Budgie Toys' blister packs (Guiterman)

Budgie No.16 Austin Healey
Budgie No.16 Austin Healey

Variation 1 in yellow Guiterman blister pack

Variation 2 in Yellow Guiterman blister pack

(No.13 card with No.16 label)

Budgie Miniatures No.16 Austin-Healey - rear trim variations

Rear trim variants and central rivet posts

Budgie Miniatures No.16 Austin-Healey - base and wheels

Wheel variations : Metal and Black Plastic

The real Austin-Healey 100/4

Nicholas Martin Diecast
Benbros, Morestone & Budgie Vintage Toys
Britains Lilliput Vehicles     Kemlows Sentry Box

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