Linea Zero Bobblehead Formula 1 Doll Table Lamp
Materials: Plastic (PVC) doll and helmet lampshade. Some plastic fabric clothes. Bakelite E14 socket.
Height: 29 cm / 11.41”
Width: ∅ 13 cm / 5.11”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 25 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s, 1980s.
Designer: Enea Ferrari.
Manufacturer: NUZ srl, Nuova Linea Zero, Via Torino, 24, 37024 Negrar, Verona, Italy.
Other versions: The Linea Zero bobblehead Formula 1 doll table lamp exists in some varieties. You can find this little fellow with different clothing and publicity stickers. Several “night light” table lamps were produced; other clothes, other figures, other dolls, as you can see below.
This doll has the text Esso Racing Team F.1 on the front and Pirelli Rally And Racing on the back. Below a slight different Formula 1 doll.
Several Linea Zero lamps were also sold by Massive, Belgium.
Nuova Linea Zero
The Linea Zero company was founded in Verona, Italy in 1973 by Enea Ferrari. It is the successor of OTF, Old Timer Ferrari, famous for the Toucan lamp and Olaf The Viking lamp. OTF was founded in 1964. Initially destined to the children’s market and subsequently extended to design.
The most famous lamps by Linea Zero are the bobblehead lamps designed in the 70s and a series of Pink Panther lamps in 1984 and Snoopy table lamps. The British red phone box was designed in 1990 and the Biplane in 1993. The company still exists. Today it is named Linea Zero S.a.s..
Also Stilfer from Milan produced bobblehead lamps. The most well known are the plastic robot and insect lamps they produced.
All the electric parts were made by VLM Components from Buccinasco near Milan in Italy in the late 1970s, early 1980s.
VLM Components was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. The company became famous because of the switches they produce that were designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1968.
VLM Components is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM and Segno.