Morestone Despatch Rider Motorcycle
Issued 1956-1957 Length 82mm
Morestone produced four solo motorcycles using the same bike casting as the AA and RAC Patrol models which were issued at much the same time. They had steering, unpainted metal wheels with rubber tyres, 'Made in England' cast on the right side near the seat, and plain number-plates. Each one was painted a different colour, had an individual metal rider and a distinctive box.
The Morestone Despatch Rider was painted in army green and was one of only two military models in the Morestone Series. The olive-green motorcycle had silver trim on the number-plates, headlight and fuel tank and in some cases the handlebars and parts of the engine as well. The metal rider was the same casting as the other solo riders, this time painted olive-green like the bike with matching helmet and black gloves and boots.
The four solo motorcycles had similar style boxes with each model having a different colour and an action illustration on the picture faces. The printed end-flaps of all the boxes had 'Manufactured by Morris & Stone (London) Ltd' with the Stoke Newington Church Street address. There were no numbers on the boxes.
The Despatch Rider box was green with an action illustration in black. 'Morestone Series' was printed on each side.
The Morestone Despatch Rider is rather a scarce model especially in its original box. In 1959 when Morestone evolved into Budgie Toys, the Despatch Rider was re-issued in a chrome finish as Budgie Toys No.456/DR.
Morestone Despatch Rider
OLIVE-GREEN motorcycle with silver trim, 'Made in England' on right side
UNPAINTED wheels with black tyres
OLIVE-GREEN metal rider (matching helmet) with black gloves & boots
Morestone Series Box ('Morris & Stone' without number on end flaps)