Everyone’s heard of Corgi. The brand is associated with miniature diecast cars, buses as well as most other modes of transport. We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to own one of these highly collectible models.
Corgi's famous model vehicles captured the imagination of millions of baby boomers and, what were once simply toys for boys, are highly sought-after in the expanding collectables market.
The majority of Corgi cars, trucks and buses are produced as once-only Limited Editions and are often sold out within weeks of release. Diecast scale model collecting is an easy hobby to start and many vehicles, both old and new, can be acquired easily.
The Corgi brand was created by the Mettoy Company of Northampton which first started to produce colourful, pressed metal toys in the 1930s. The name Corgi (after the Welsh dog) was chosen for three reasons: first, because it was short and catchy; secondly because the models were to be produced in Swansea and thirdly because of its strong association with the Royal Family.
The first Corgi models appeared in 1956 and covered British-built saloon cars of the period. Names redolent with nostalgia including the Ford Consul, Austin Cambridge, Morris Cowley, Riley Pathfinder, Vauxhall Velox, Rover 90 and Hillman Husky were among the first to be produced. Each model sold for 3/- (15p).
Always at the forefront and to ensure a point of difference from other die-cast vehicles, Corgis were sold as “the ones with windows”. Other later innovations included Glidamatic spring suspension, opening bonnets and boots and diamond jewelled headlights.
Without doubt, Corgi's best known model is James Bond's gold painted Aston Martin DB5. First produced in 1965 and featuring ejector seat and front-mounted machine guns, it was an instant success earning the UK Toy of the Year Award. Priced at around 10/- (50p), by 1968 more than 3.9 million had been sold. At a recent auction, a rare gold-plated version given only to visiting VIPs to the Corgi factory made £1300.
One of the top selling models of all time, reaching five million units, is the 1966 Batmobile. Other best sellers include the John Player Special Lotus Formula 1 racing car and the Ghia L 6.4 (which had a moulded Corgi dog lying on the rear parcel shelf).
In 40 year's, Corgi has produced models of virtually every type of car, bus and truck. Some of the most sought-after model cars include the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally Mini Cooper S (£300 to £400), 1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E's 'Thrushbuster' Oldsmobile (£250-£300), 1959-61 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop, pale green body (£175-£200). And if you have got the right Noddy's car, produced in 1969, lurking in the attic it could be worth an amazing £700 or even more!www.corgi.co.uk