Morestone Racing Car

Issued 1946    Length 135mm

 

The Racing Cars were the first model cars sold by Morris & Stone. They were made by Modern Products Ltd at their foundry just down the road from Sam Morris's office at 109 Church Street, Stoke Newington, London, UK.

 

Molded in a single casting, the Racing Cars were a simple design. They were hollow with no base and the large metal wheels were fitted with a clip-on system onto axles attached to the body at each corner.

 

The Morestone Racing Cars were spray painted in three main colours: red, dark-green, and blue (which varied from mid-blue to quite dark blue). Paint was applied only to the top and wheels and because of the quick application, bare patches frequently occurred. Underneath they remained unpainted.

 

To finish them off, black paint trim was applied - also by spraying - to the front and rear of the models, to the steering wheel and driver, and sometimes to the wheels.  It was very roughly done so some cars had a lot and others almost none!

 

Morestone Racing Cars were not packed in individual boxes being instead delivered to toy shops in plain trade packs to be sold unboxed.

 

Although the Racing Cars were a simple, stylised design, they were well made. Several other post-World War 2 toy makers produced their own racing car models but the Morestone Racing Cars were superior.  They are now rare but when they do turn up at auctions, they are usually in decent condition.

Morestone Racing Car
Morestone Racing Car

Morestone Racing Car

Variations

 

1)  RED body & wheels,  BLACK spray trim

 

2)  DARK-GREEN body & wheels, BLACK spray trim

 

3)  MID- or DARK-BLUE body & wheels, BLACK spray trim

Morestone Racing Car
Morestone Racing Car
Morestone Racing Car
Morestone Racing Car

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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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