Development of the 'tall boy' designed car (a car that can comfortably sit 4 adults in compact space) i.e. Honda City began much earlier and by the time it was introduced during the winter of 1981, this 3-door hatchback car caught the imagination of the Japanese public. Though it came in other variants such as sedan and van, what caught the Japanese people's eyes was the FA version (introduced in 1982) that was a little wider but came with an add-on, a foldable scooter. This variant was called the Honda City Turbo II. Seeing its popularity grow in November 1983, Honda introduced another variant called the 'Bulldog' that came with side skirts, flared fenders giving it a Bulldog like appearance.
Honda’s Motocompo is a 50 cc folding scooter and also made in 1981. Developed as a ‘boot’ bike (something that can sit inside the boot of a small car), sales of the Motocompo along with the car did well, initially. But with passage of time the scooter sales dropped drastically prompting Honda to stop its production in 1983 and as a companion to the Bulldog.
The Honda City went on to become a super-hit model for Honda across the world and the brand still continues with its 6th generation model. Today these are made in Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey. It is also a very popular car in the Middle East (GCC countries) for low level company executives.
Both the car and the scooter can be viewed at the Honda Collection Hall located in Motegi, Japan at the Twin Ring Motegi Race Track.
This metal scale model with both the car and the scooter in 1:18 is an extremely rare find.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Moving wheels|
|- Opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|- Separate HONDA Motocompo scooter|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||13 x 7 x 6|