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Triang, Spot-On, Meadows Frisky Sport

by Peter
Categories: Cars, Diecast models, Meadows, Spot-On, Triang
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Tri-ang did their own range of diecast models and called them ‘Spot-On’ produced from 1959 through about 1967. They were manufactured in 1:43 scale in Belfast, Northern Ireland and are now harder to get hold of at a sensible price in very good condition the little car below is a restoration I have done to a poor example.

Tri-ang’s Spot-On range were 1:42 scale the the car below is no exception, Dinky and Corgi were both a little loose with their scale – typically around 1:48 for cars, but Spot-On decided always to be exactly “spot-on” in 1:43, this is the Meadows Frisky Sport, Tri-ang Number 119 (note the number plate I made).

This model would of been issued between 1959 and 1967, this one is an earlier versions, going by the wheels, they later changed to a realistic looking wheel and squarer treaded tyre, seen on my restored Spot-On Fiat Multipla.

The earlier one generally had a black painted roof and different coloured bodies and even the interior was moulded different colours, later wheel types have been seen with white, cream and light grey roofs and paler colours such as this blue.

The real car

Meadows Frisky 4

Photographed at the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley

The Frisky car project was conceived by Captain Raymond Flower, racing driver and Managing Director of the Cairo Motor Co Ltd., Nuffield distributors in Egypt. Flower operated the company with his two brothers, Derek and Neville, all of whom were part of the brewing dynasty of Flower & Sons of Stratford on Avon.

As the potential for manufacture within Egypt dissipated, Raymond Flower took his idea of a small, mass produced, economical lightweight car for every-man to manufacturers in the UK, eventually reaching agreement with Henry Meadows Ltd to proceed with the project.

The production versions of the Friskysport and Frisky Coupe were very similar and used identical chassis, but there are differences to the bodywork. Early versions of the Friskysport are fitted with a separate chrome Reliant Sabre windscreen frame, they have a detachable tail section and dummy air intake scoops just behind the doors whilst later cars have the same lower body as the Coupe. The Friskysport has overriders, whilst the Coupe has plain bumpers. The Coupe initially used the Friskysport body with an integral, glassed-on roof and steel framed front windscreen, until the Family Three one-piece body became available in 1959, which was then used for both cars.

The Frisky Family Three was basically a three-wheeled version of the coupe fitted with a smaller Villiers 9E engine and MacPherson strut front suspension. Having three wheels instead of four meant the car qualified for lower vehicle excise duty and also meant that it could be driven with a motorcycle licence. It entered production in about February 1959.

Information from Wikipedia, for the whole story Click Here