The modern era of toy cars started in 1933, when the British company Dinky Toys first began manufacturing diecast miniature cars and trucks. Dinky Toys sat atop the British toy market for years, until Mettoy Playcraft Ltd. began producing its own in 1956.

Mettoy called its diecast miniatures Corgi Toys. Produced in Wales (and named after a Welsh breed of dog), Corgi Toys sought to compete with Dinky Toys by introducing more realistic models—the very first cars, for example, were advertised as “the ones with windows,” a phrase which became famous as the company ascended to market dominance.

Mattel purchased Corgi Toys in 1989, but Corgi Classics regained its independence in 1995 and continues to produce model cars today. In the meantime, Corgi Toys and their endless variety—from police cars to race cars to Batmobiles and everything in between—have become coveted items for collectors.


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The cars that Bond drove
Motoring, August 28th

Mettoy in 1965 released a superbly-detailed Bond DB5 into its range of Corgi Toys, winning 'Toy of the Year' and selling more than six million of the gold-painted 007 Aston. During subsequent years, updated versions in correct silver were produced and...Read more

Toy and train fair continues to draw in the crowds
Oxford Mail, August 23rd

Also on offer were train sets, die-cast toys, Corgi Toys and a range of lead items including soldiers and tractors. Tim Knights was selling Hornby O Gauge locomotives and tracks. Organiser Richard Atkins, from Oxford, said he was thrilled to see the...Read more

Gallery: Kindred Spirits - Shelves stacked with memories of old Ipswich stores
Ipswich Star, August 19th

I used Nightingale's shop. I was married with two little boys by then and we joined the 'Toy Club” with six pence per week. So handy at Christmas as .... Although Cowell's stocked Corgi, Matchbox and other lesser brands, Dinky had the real magical...Read more

Lavenham artist's stress relief goes under hammer in Bury
Suffolk Free Press, August 13th

The auction lots also include Corgi, Dinky and Matchbox diecast models, Britains figures, model trains, steam models and tinplate toys. Viewing is today from noon to 7pm and tomorrow from 8.45am, with the sale starting at 10am in the Risbygate Street ...Read more

Hornby Plc Moves to AIM Market
DirectorsTalk Interviews, August 12th

The Company offers model railway and slot car brands, including Scalextric, Airfix models, Humbrol paints and Corgi die cast models. The Company's geographical segments include the United Kingdom, the United States, Spain, Italy and the rest of Europe...Read more

Russia is arming commandos with combat snowmobiles — to take over the North Pole?
The Week Magazine, August 7th

During World War II, British airborne troops sped around Arnhem on air-dropped Welbikes. German Fallshirmjaegers moved heavy weapons around Crete on glider-carried Kettenkrad motorcycle half-tracks. Not to be left out, the U.S. Army developed the Model...Read more

Why the Corgi is a model dog
Telegraph.co.uk, February 7th

The Queen loves Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and it is easy to see why. They are agreeable little things: small, friendly and fun to walk. But, for the first time in its history, the breed has been listed as “vulnerable”. The reason is thought to be that...Read more

Ejector seats at the ready: Corgi 50th anniversary Aston Martin DB5 revealed
Pocket-lint.com, January 20th

Corgi has relaunched the Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5 50 years after it first went on sale in the UK. The new re-release will be an exact carbon copy of the original model and come with the same ejector seat, rear bullet shield and rotating license plate...Read more