Fun Ho! History

Star Toys

c.1930s.
Known to produce a Tip truck and a Shell Tanker truck, as well as a Saloon car, which were all run by a small wind-up motor. Also purveyors of Cycles.

One of the least known products of this Christchurch firm, is the saloon car, which has a rather unusual steering feature. The front axle could be turned and allowed to drop into one of two grooves, which kept the axle at an angle, making the car , when wound up, travel in a complete circle.

This model appears to have been made with commercial quality (CQ) sheet steel, which was not really suitable for 'deep drawing.' When it was pressed between the dies to make the contours of the saloon body, the steel tended to wrinkle at the points of greatest stress. Deep drawing sheets (DD quality) would have stretched better and avoided this characteristic, but this is a classic example of it.







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