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Zoe H - Bernard Buys a Car

He peers in through the window, 'Ah yes, there it is, a tad pricy but just the thing for the family...' he thinks.

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He peers in through the window, 'Ah yes, there it is, a tad pricy but just the thing for the family...' he thinks.
'...and what luck, Martin doesn't look too busy either.'
Posted by Zoe H on August 26, 2015 Full Size|

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12 Comments

Zoe H
7:40 AM on August 28, 2015 
Thank you, Julie, I knew you would be able to clear that one up for us! A much more complicated evolution than I imagined.

Mr H just told me this 1:18 scale model is made by Kyosho.
Brooksey
5:07 AM on August 28, 2015 
Zoe H says...
I think you're right about the Mini, Freda but I think it's a 'Countryman'. It's smaller than the Morris Traveller but it still doesn't fit into Ophelia's Triang 61 garage, the little BMW Isetta she owns was the only one he Mr H could find that would fit in there.


When they were first introduced (1959), Minis were sold under both the Austin AND Morris brands - the two companies had been incorporated into BMC (British Motor Corporation), later known as British Leyland. The Austin Mini was first sold as the "Austin Seven"; the Morris Mini as the Morris Mini-Minor (emphasis on "Mini"). This was a marketing strategy to associate it with the long-established and very popular Morris Minor. The Austin version of the estate model was the "Countryman", the "Traveller" was from Morris - its ponderous full title is the Morris Mini-Minor Traveller.

The "Clubman" range, with its more square front wasn't introduced until 1969, the year that these wood-trimmed estates had been discontinued. (The Clubman was available as both a saloon and an estate. We had a bright yellow Clubman saloon in 1972!).
Freda Knight
9:18 AM on August 27, 2015 
Zoe H says...
I think you're right about the Mini, Freda but I think it's a 'Countryman'. It's smaller than the Morris Traveller but it still doesn't fit into Ophelia's Triang 61 garage, the little BMW Isetta she owns was the only one he Mr H could find that would fit in there.


Yes, Mini Countryman rings a bell. I wouldn't mind giving it a spin myself. It looks perfect.
Rosemary
6:17 AM on August 27, 2015 
Really super little car and I love Martin, the car salesman's pose. All really excellent scene.
Zoe H
4:58 AM on August 27, 2015 
Freda Knight says...
Hey - this is lovely - is it a Mini Clubman? At first, I thought it was a Morris Minor because of the wood detail, but think it is a mini. Poor Edith Dolltea would love this....

I think you're right about the Mini, Freda but I think it's a 'Countryman'. It's smaller than the Morris Traveller but it still doesn't fit into Ophelia's Triang 61 garage, the little BMW Isetta she owns was the only one he Mr H could find that would fit in there.
Janetc
4:44 AM on August 27, 2015 
Seems to be much easier to get cars in 1/18 than it is in 1/12.
Freda Knight
4:19 AM on August 27, 2015 
Hey - this is lovely - is it a Mini Clubman? At first, I thought it was a Morris Minor because of the wood detail, but think it is a mini. Poor Edith Dolltea would love this....
Patty W
4:44 PM on August 26, 2015 
A super car, Zoe!
chris g
3:46 PM on August 26, 2015 
Ha ha I like Martins feet on the desk pose.
Jan
3:30 PM on August 26, 2015 
Nice, I remember these.
Zoe H
2:23 PM on August 26, 2015 
No, not this one, Valerie. I can't remember the make but it was a brand new 1:18 die cast model that Mr H bought for me when I got the Princess 2 - he seems to see it as his job to acquire appropriate cars for each of my garages, which is fine by me!
lallyp
1:02 PM on August 26, 2015 
Is this a Sylvanian car?

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