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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Laughter puts Tony Abbott's leadership on the line
Sydney Morning Herald, January 28th

Under Tony Abbott, Australia rides on the corgi's back. Les Shearman Darlington. When Tony Abbott ... He is a role model for representatives of all parliamentary parties; the current lot should study Uren's approach and follow it. David Davies Baulkham...Read more

These Are the Toys Kids Will Be Screaming for in 2015
TIME, January 21st

As anyone who has ever handed over a credit card at Hamleys or FAO Schwarz already knows, toys aren't just fun and games — they're big business. Which is why the 260 exhibitors at the London Toy Fair, which runs from Jan. 20 to Jan. 22, are keen to ...Read more

Boost for campaign to Save A Sea King
Aberdeen Press and Journal, January 21st

Campaigners fighting to retain a world-renowned Sea King search and rescue (SAR) helicopter in Moray have received a welcome boost from a model aircraft collector. Dallas enthusiast Rob Matthews has donated a rare Corgi Sea King model to be ...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

James Bond Spectre Scalextric set confirmed: Aston Martin DB10 to be included
Pocket-lint.com, January 20th

Also due out later this year the car, which is a replica of the Corgi model will come complete with an ejector seat that pops open when it touches a trackside bollard, and manually triggered rear shield. Bond 24 is expected to be in cinemas in November...Read more

James May picks the car that changed the world...
Practical Motoring, January 13th

Indeed, the BBC TopGear TV presenter chose the Corgi DB5 1:46 scale model car from 1964 as his most influential car of all time. “The thing about the Corgi DB5 is that it was a great toy at the time. If you've got an iPod now you'll probably think it's...Read more

Hunstanton shop steps up security after third raid
Lynn News, January 10th

The items stolen in the raid were a Bachmann Highlander digital control model train set and a 1:50-scale Corgi model DYCE truck, along with 30 mini quadcopters. “The train set and Corgi model were very much stolen to order, and the quadcopters were...Read more

James May names Hornby's Corgi Aston Martin DB5 as his 'car that changed the ...
Toy News, January 9th

Top Gear star James May has named the top 13 cars which he believes changed the world - a list topped by the Hornby model of the Corgi James Bond Aston Martin DB5. In the wake of the classic Goldfinger movie - starring Sean Connery as the British agent ...Read more