Morestone AA Road Service Land Rover

Issued 1957    Length 79mm

 

Morestone replaced the large AA Road Service Land Rover with a smaller model with no accessories and simpler construction. It was also the first of three Land Rover models which used similar castings, the others being the Military Police Land Rover and the Breakdown Service Land Rover.

 

The AA Road Service Land Rover had two differently cast versions of the body but shared the same type of base.

 

The first had windows at the back and 'AA Road Service' cast on each side-panel picked out in black trim. It also carried the number plate 'TLN 867' on the front. The body was a one piece casting including the roof into which the plain base slotted at the front and was rivetted at the rear. The base included the driver figure inside. There was no id. on the base, which was quite flat and plain, nor elsewhere on the vehicle.

 

This first variation was painted a bright yellow with a black roof extending over the edges to the side panels. Black trim was added to the waist and roof lines, the side castings and the front number plate. Silver trim was added to the headlights and the single spot light.

 

The painted metal wheels were fitted before painting and the axles ran through raised supports on the base. On the first variation black treaded tyres were fitted with a spare on the bonnet. 

 

The second AA Land Rover was a new casting and painted a much deeper yellow colour. There were several changes. First, there were no windows at the back, second the front number plate became 'CLI 1812', and third the model had id. added with 'Made in England' at the bottom of the left side door. There was also more detail in the casting with additions like door handles and hinges, although the back of the model was completely plain.

 

The side panels on this second casting were flat and had 'AA Road Service' decals applied. The base and painted metal wheels were as before but the wheels now had knobbly tyres. The black roof was painted in a different way with the paint not extending over the edges.

 

The AA Road Service Land Rover had a box similar in appearance to the one used for the larger AA Land Rover but a smaller size. The 'AA' logo and 'Morestone Series' were printed on all four sides as well as on the end-flaps. This box was used for both first and second variations.

 

Both of the AA Land Rover variations are scarce and mint boxed examples of the second one are especially hard to find.

Morestone AA Road Service Land Rover
Morestone AA Road Service Land Rover

Variation 1: Yellow, rear windows, cast name on sides,'TLN 867'

Morestone AA Road Service Land Rover

Variations

 

Both variations had Morestone Series illustrated 'AA' boxes

 

1)  YELLOW, 'TLN 867', windows at rear, 'AA Road Service' cast on sides, no id. on vehicle, treaded tyres

 

2)  DARK YELLOW, 'CLI 1812', no rear windows, 'AA' decals, 'Made in England' on left door, knobbly tyres

Morestone AA Road Service Land Rover
Morestone AA Road Service Land Rover

Variation 2: Dark-yellow, no rear windows, side decals, 'CLI 1812"

Morestone AA Road Service Land Rover variations
Morestone AA Road Service Land Rover variations

 Two variations: 1 (left), 2 (right)

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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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