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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Vogue.com, February 24th

Yes, it was Her Majesty the Queen's own shapely cream sweater displayed in a showcase at the Serpentine Gallery. A discreet whisper had it that the knitwear, first given to The Queen in the Fifties, had once been part of a sweater set. The cardigan had ...Read more

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Telegraph.co.uk, February 13th

In 2014 the Pembroke Welsh Corgi numbered just 274 registrations with the Kennel Club, a 16 percent drop since 2013. .... The model of the moment cemented her new role as guest editor of Love magazine with an interview with cover star Kim Kardashian...Read more

Hornby gets fresh steam from Christmas sales of model railways and Scalextric
Telegraph.co.uk, February 10th

Last month, Hornby showcased its newest products at the London Toy Fair including Corgi's James Bond Aston Martin DB5, 50 years after it won the toy of the year award following the release of the Bond film, "Goldfinger", starring Sean Connery...Read more

Photo gallery and video: Corgi toys from classic TV shows and movies go under ...
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press, February 9th

The first Corgi models appeared in 1956 and covered British-built saloon cars of the period, such as the Ford Consul and Austin Cambridge. Each model sold for three shillings. Unlike some other toy cars, Corgis had windows, and other innovations...Read more

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

Perhaps the Corgi is best branded as a patriotic breed, representing our island spirit. They don't stand for fuss; require little grooming; and can be trained to get larger animals to do their bidding. They are an idyllic accompaniment to the...Read more

Toy fair in Spalding
Spalding Guardian, February 4th

There will be an endless variety, possibly including Corgi, Lledo, Efe Matchbox, Hornby, Bachmann, model railways, Sci-fi, Star Wars, film and TV-related items, as well as military vehicles, lead and plastic figures, Scalextric, Action Man, Dinky toys...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 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