Fun Ho! #12 Vauxhall Velox PB Saloon

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This model is of the Fun Ho! #12 Vauxhall Velox Saloon in Chrome. This model is based on the Vauxhall Velox PB released between May 1961 and July 1962.

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 Vauxhall Velox PB Saloon (1962 to 1974) like these photographed in Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand respectively. The grille shape changed in 1965 and this model has the earlier grille shape. Vauxhalls were built in New Zealand at the GM plant in Petone between 1948 and 1965.

At the front of the Fun Ho! Vauxhall there is a cast representation of the headlights and grille. Both sides carry cast body lines and representations of the front and rear doors. The rear is cast to show the rear lights and the boot. Both front and rear bumpers are part of the base casting.

There is no interior or glazing.

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 "Fun Ho!, N.Z." on two lines to the centre top, "VELOX" to the centre bottom, and has a representation of the lower engine, gear box, drive shaft, and exhaust system.

1963 Vauxhall Velox (16382058017)
GPS 56 from New Zealand [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

1963 Vauxhall Velox (PB) (22799031727)
Riley from Christchurch, New Zealand [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This is likely to have been an early issue, issued after 1965. During its original lifetime (1965-72), 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 1:87. My reasoning is that the normal length for the Vauxhall Velox PB was 181.75 inches (4.616 metres) and the model has a length of almost 2 inches (53mm) (4616/53 = 1:87.09).

Item: 3991