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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Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition
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Irish Times, November 26th

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A Pair of Architects Create a Home for their Grand Collection
Curbed SF, November 23rd

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Plane trips connect shelter animals with new homes
Bowling Green Daily News, November 16th

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Hornby expecting £2m loss after second profit warning in two months
The Guardian, November 10th

Hornby expects to suffer a £2m loss this year after problems at the model train set maker's European business hit sales, prompting its second profit warning in two months. The company, which also produces Airfix kits and Corgi cars, has been...Read more

There's no war on Christmas in the dog house
MarketWatch, November 9th

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Nelson rolls out the red carpet
Sunday Star Times, November 6th

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Savannah Book Festival unveils 2016 lineup
Savannah Morning News, November 5th

McLain's Circling the Sun brings to life Beryl Markham, a model of fearlessness and independence throughout her life. The novel ... Rita Mae Brown teases readers with an all-new Mrs. Murphy mystery featuring crime-solving cats and Tee Tucker, the Corgi...Read more