Fun Ho! #06 Mercedes Benz Racer

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This model is of the Fun Ho! #6 Mercedes Benz Racer in Chrome. This model appears to be based on the Mercedes Benz W196 raced by Juan Manuel Fangio during the 1950s.

There are no opening parts on this model. All features are cast into the metal of the model. The model appears to be based on a Mercedes Benz W196 (Monza) as raced by Fangio in the 1950s, like the photo on the right.

At the front of the Fun Ho! Mercedes there is a cast representation of the grille. On the bonnet above is the outline of the bonnet and the Mercedes logo. Further back is a cast representation of the cockpit, steering wheel, and driver's seat. The top body lines include the cowlings. Both sides carry cast body lines and representations of the front and rear wheel arches.

There is no real interior or glazing, beyond the cast representations mentioned above.

All wheels appear to be one piece, black plastic, typical of the Fun Ho! miniatures of the time, mounted on steel domed axles.

The base plate appears to be lightly plated. It is held in place by two machined rivets, one to the front and one to the rear. The base is marked "MERCEDES-BENZ" to the centre top, and has a representation of the lower engine, gear box, drive shaft, and rear differential.

1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 (33400321454)
Prayitno / Thank you for (12 millions +) view from Los Angeles, USA [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This is likely to have been an early issue, issued after 1964, due to the lack of either Streamlux or Fun Ho! markings. During its original lifetime (1964-72), 38,800 models were manufactured, originally in a chrome finish, and later with a paint finish.

The scale is unknown but thought to be around 1:80. My reasoning is that the Mercedes Benz W196 R came in 3 wheelbase lengths and two body styles. The lengths were 2150mm, 2210mm, and 2350mm and the model has a wheelbase of 28mm (2150/28 = 1:76.79, 2210/28 = 1:78.93, and 2350/28 = 1:83.9).

Item: 3994