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In the 1940’s, MORRIS and STONE were a small Stoke Newington, London based wholesale toy company. They distributed toys for many small toy manufacturers. Later the company name was changed into MORESTONE and in the mid 1950’s they introduced a range called the “Esso Petrol Pump” series to compete with Lesney 1-75 range. In 1961 MORESTONE was taken over by S. Guiterman & Co and the name was changed again into BUDGIE TOYS. They went bankrupt in 1966 and MODERN PRODUCTS bought the BUDGIE trademark and continued production. The MORESTONE Series was to compete with the popular Matchbox Toy series during the mid-1950s. The BUDGIE and MORESTONE VWs are often mistaken and called a "MATCHBOX" VW toy.

Diecast metal body with cut out windows and good details of a VW Single Cab Pickup Bus. Very nice details of the door seams, side bed indentations, headlights, VW front emblem and bumpers. The rubber tires were mounted on diecast rims on metal axles. The chassis is also diecast metal and is attached to the body with two body crimps. Chassis is marked VOLKSWAGEN PICK-UP, AIR COLLED ENGINE, MADE IN ENGLAND. There is a real cloth canopy with wire loops attached to the bed with red EXPRESS DELIVERY lettering.

Another version of the VW Pickup Bus has a large cylinder in the bed to transport fuel for the ESSO Oil Company. Details of the door seams, side bed indentations, headlights, VW front emblem and bumpers. The wheels were grey metal on crimped axles to begin with, but later plastic wheels on axles with rounded ends were fitted. The Bus is painted red with ESSO decals. Chassis made of metal and marked Made in England. This ESSO VW Bus was No. 204 in the series. The MORESTONE series consisted of different diecast miniature toy vehicles, including a VW Sedans and Busses.

The MORESTONE - BUDGIE VW PICKUP Bus V2 was reissued in the 1980s with various colors and themes. The chassis on the reissued Bus is identified with the BUDGIE TOYS lettering which the original does not have.

Additional Info

  • Manufacturer: MORESTONE
  • Scale: 1/46
  • Length: 91mm
  • Production Era: 1960s
  • Country: England
  • Materials: Diecast Metal
  • Color: Blue, Red
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