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very cool, I imagine pretty rare as well
Thanks. Well, they don't seem to be all that rare here but on a worldwide scale they probably are. This is a link to the local New Zealand auctioning page where I got these from so you can see for yourself. I'm not sure about the prices sometimes, they seem to be way high...

http://www.trademe.co.nz/toys-models/die-casts/fun-ho

Even the most trashed...well, played with...items fetch prices around 30-40 New Zealand dollars... (xe.com for currency conversion). I wouldn't pay this every day.
 

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Very interesting stuff Mr. Kiwi. :thumbsup:
That's a mighty lonnnnggg muffler on the Merryweather! I wonder if it's close to accurate at all.
I would venture a guess that that brand was never ever imported to the U.S.
 

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Very interesting stuff Mr. Kiwi. :thumbsup:
That's a mighty lonnnnggg muffler on the Merryweather! I wonder if it's close to accurate at all.
I would venture a guess that that brand was never ever imported to the U.S.
Hello Mr Almost 10,000 posts! :thumbsup: yes, I suppose it would have cost too much to compete with the MBX regular wheels. There are a few distinct south pacific models though, like the Holdens, so I will look for those. What do you think about the solution they chose to mount the axles? I hope it's interesting for some collectors who want to look beyond the Hot Wheels horizon.
 

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10,000...I know, rediculous, huh?!

I think the axle mounting method is interesting. Probably the lowest cost method ever created by the Diecast Gods!

If you ever poke your head inside a post-redline era Hot Wheels car, the axles are crimped on the same exact way.

They really kinda stooped to the lowest form of mounting considering how great the Redline's torsion bar type springs were.
 

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10,000...I know, rediculous, huh?!

I think the axle mounting method is interesting. Probably the lowest cost method ever created by the Diecast Gods!

If you ever poke your head inside a post-redline era Hot Wheels car, the axles are crimped on the same exact way.

They really kinda stooped to the lowest form of mounting considering how great the Redline's torsion bar type springs were.
Well, these cars were produced until 1982 so something might have changed. I'm not quite sure yet how to determine the exact age because half the time it only says "produced 1957-1982" which is not very conclusive. Knowing my Matchbox and what they look like (especially without interior and a bit crude sometimes), I would roughly date these around 1960-65.

I just closed another auction in my favour, same seller, similar age and condition. What do you reckon?
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=485478686
 

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"Some paint damage". Umm, yuh, I'd say just a bit! :D

Really kinda cool though, but pricey for sure. Oh well, if you like'em, who cares.

Not noing a dang thang about these, but for some reason I'd put the age more like '63 to '68 on the Holden and '65 to '73 on the Zodiac.

Seems like this brand was sorta stuck in time, so it might be real hard to guess these given the fact that hey might have been later than most other brands at adding interiors, glass, etc.
Do you know if they had a newer style of wheels that they used?

Interesting to learn about this brand from the other side of the Universe! :thumbsup:
 

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"Some paint damage". Umm, yuh, I'd say just a bit! :D

Really kinda cool though, but pricey for sure. Oh well, if you like'em, who cares.

Not noing a dang thang about these, but for some reason I'd put the age more like '63 to '68 on the Holden and '65 to '73 on the Zodiac.

Seems like this brand was sorta stuck in time, so it might be real hard to guess these given the fact that hey might have been later than most other brands at adding interiors, glass, etc.
Do you know if they had a newer style of wheels that they used?

Interesting to learn about this brand from the other side of the Universe! :thumbsup:
Funny you should say this. I have to study up.http://history.funho.com/wheels.htm looks like the ones on mine fall under "introduced in 51/52" but that's not to say they haven't been in use all the way til 82...
 

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Anyone have any of their Chromies? Will have to search for mine... Thanks for the post.

1998 article - http://whitemetal.com/ppro/ttjul98.htm

The boxes, if you have them, help date the Midgets - http://history.funho.com/midgetpack.htm

Also, some were reissued with windows, so that helps date them as well.
I was looking at this one but the proportions are just a bit off for my liking. And of course the price...

http://www.trademe.co.nz/toys-models/die-casts/fun-ho/auction-486998341.htm
 

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I met with a mate today and asked him about Fun Ho in his childhood. He confirmed that they stuck to the "no interior, no windows" policy all the way through the 70's. So putting a date on the cars is indeed very very hard...
 
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