The Morris 1100 - everybody seemed to have one of these. They came as
Austins, Rileys, Wolseleys, MGs, Van Den Plas and even a souped up
version in orange called a GT and they were both 1100s and 1300s - oh
and there was an estate version that you had to look at really hard to
work out what was different.
It was a technologically advanced car with a transverse engine
and front-wheel drive and on some of them a form of fluid-based
suspension. This and its Ford rivals - the Cortina Mk 1 and later the
Escort were a good metaphor for Sixties Britain. The Ford was old
technology but looked flashy and US influenced, this was British,
technologically advanced - but stodgy and a bit unreliable.
This model is a bit of a split personality too. The modelling is
very good and truly represents the car, it is let down very slightly
though by the engineering. Look closely at the pictures. The wheels are
too small, the track is wrong, there is a heaviness here and there that
should not be and actually it is not a very good casting - there's a lot
of flash - excess metal squeezed out of the casting which remains on the
surface of the model.
Actually I don't mind that too much because it is such an
Dinky made the car from 1963 to 1969 always in light blue, there are
export versions for South Africa in caramel and sky blue