From Boomeroo to Barbie, for some people, the joy of childhood toys never fades. Model Behaviour showcases the collections of three South Australians with a passion for toy or model cars. If you remember Corgi models ('the ones with the windows') or you've ever wanted a pedal car, Model Behaviour is sure to delight.
Before the automobile age, children explored the world from the back of a rocking-horse. It was a natural progression to a model car, as cars replaced horses as the way to get around. As with real cars, early pedal cars had a price tag that only the wealthy could afford. They were custom made, and often accurate replicas of motor cars, featuring opening boots and bonnets, inflatable tyres and leaf-spring suspension.
André Citroën was the first European car manufacturer to introduce cars to the nursery. Only three years after he opened his car factory in Paris, toy cars that were scale replicas of production cars were introduced. He is reported to have said that a child’s first words should be ‘Mama’, ‘Papa’ and ‘Citroën’. He felt that in creating a range of pedal cars for children, he could create loyal Citroën customers for life. The Citroënette pedal and electric cars were the most famous of the range, which also included toy garages and service depots.
The exhibition features a number of pedal cars which came to life in the workshop of Adelaide grandfather Bob Phillips, and an impressive collection of Corgi model cars, the life-long passion of Eric Hauschild.
And there's a Barbie Campervan there, too...