Fun Ho! #13 Morris 1100

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This model is of the Fun Ho! #13 Morris 1100 in Copper. This model appears to be based on the Morris 1100 Mk 1 released between 1962 and 1967.

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 Morris 1100 (1963 to 1967) like the one photographed at right. Morris 1100s were built in New Zealand between 1963 and 1967, indeed I owned a red one in 1971 (a 1964 NZ built vehicle) but have no photos of it.

At the front of the Fun Ho! Morris there is a cast representation of the headlights and grille. The only way to tell the difference between the Fun Ho! Morris 1100 and its counterpart, the Fun Ho! Austin 1100, is by the grille - the Morris has a horizontally striped grille without badge, and the Austin has a hatched grille with badge (both reflecting the correct grille as seen on the real vehicle). Both sides carry cast body lines and representations of the front and rear doors. The rear is cast to show the rear lights, number plate, and the boot lid. Both front and rear bumpers are part of the chromed 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 left middle and one to the right middle. The base is marked "Fun Ho!, N.Z." on a single line to the middle centre top, "1100" to the middle centre bottom, and has a representation of the lower engine and exhaust system.

1964 Morris 1100 (15109896944)
GPS 56 from New Zealand [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This is likely to have been an early issue, issued in 1965, due to the copper plating. During its original lifetime (1965-72), 38,500 models were manufactured, originally in a plated finish, and later with a paint finish. This model comes complete with its original Fun Ho! Mobil Midgets packaging (printed to represent a Mobil petrol pump) as part of a promotion with the Mobil Oil Company.

The scale is unknown but thought to be around 1:85. My reasoning is that the normal length for the Morris 1100 was 146.65 inches (3.725 metres) and the model has a length of almost 1.75 inches (44mm) (3725/44 = 1:84.66).


Left Photo: Comparison of the grilles on the Fun Ho! #13 Morris 1100 (left) and #32 Austin 1100 (right).
Right Photo: enlargement of the #13 Morris 1100 grille.

Item: 3998

 


This model is of the Fun Ho! #13 Morris 1100 in Copper. This model appears to be based on the Morris 1100 Mk 1 released between 1962 and 1967.

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 Morris 1100 (1963 to 1967) like the one shown above. Morris 1100s were built in New Zealand between 1963 and 1967.

At the front of the Fun Ho! Morris there is a cast representation of the headlights and grille. The only way to tell the difference between the Fun Ho! Morris 1100 and its counterpart, the Fun Ho! Austin 1100, is by the grille - the Morris has a horizontally striped grille without badge, and the Austin has a hatched grille with badge (both reflecting the correct grille as seen on the real vehicle). Both sides carry cast body lines and representations of the front and rear doors. The rear is cast to show the rear lights, number plate, and the boot lid. Both front and rear bumpers are part of the chromed 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 left middle and one to the right middle. The base is marked "Fun Ho!, N.Z." on a single line to the middle centre top, "1100" to the middle centre bottom, and has a representation of the lower engine and exhaust system.

This is likely to have been an early issue, issued in 1965, due to the copper plating. During its original lifetime (1965-72), 38,500 models were manufactured, originally in a plated finish, and later with a paint finish.

The scale is unknown but thought to be around 1:85. My reasoning is that the normal length for the Morris 1100 was 146.65 inches (3.725 metres) and the model has a length of almost 1.75 inches (44mm) (3725/44 = 1:84.66).

Item: 3993