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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Hornby Plc Can't Burn Your Short Portfolio. Has Another Weak Session
Franklin Independent, April 29th

The Firm offers model railway and slot car brands, including Scalextric, Airfix models, Humbrol paints and Corgi die cast models. It currently has negative earnings. The Company's geographical divisions include the United Kingdom, the United States...Read more

My First Car - Christian O'Connell: 'I'd know I'd have made it in life if I ...
Telegraph.co.uk, April 29th

At what age did you start getting interested in cars? Oh, really young. It all started with my Corgi model cars. I remember my favourite was a Starsky and Hutch Ford Torino. But I had a very destructive urge; I loved ramming them into each other, and...Read more

Queen Elizabeth II marks 90th birthday on Thursday
USA TODAY, April 20th

You would think that upon reaching the age of 90 on Thursday, Queen Elizabeth II would sit back and put her feet up in her castle with a cuppa and a corgi. But not this nonagenarian sovereign. The queen, accompanied by her husband Prince Philip, who...Read more

Cookies on the BBC website
BBC News, April 18th

Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret launching a model seaplane at the Bekonscot model village in Beaconsfield, Image copyright PA Image caption The ..... Queen Elizabeth II, and Berry the corgi, with the England rugby squad, at Image copyright PA Image ...Read more

Hailey Baldwin's Adorable New Corgi Puppy Will Totally Melt Your Heart
Elite Daily (blog), April 4th

The 19-year-old model just adopted a 2-month-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and it's probably the cutest dog I've ever seen. Kendall Jenner went with Hailey to the pet store last week to check out the lil' pupper, and Hailey's first meeting was captured on ...Read more

EXCLUSIVE: Hailey Baldwin Buys a Super Cute Corgi -- See The Adorable Pics!
Entertainment Tonight, April 3rd

Hailey Baldwin welcomed home a brand new puppy on Sunday, and only ET has an inside look at her adorable new best friend! The 19-year-old fashion model and her father, actor Stephen Baldwin, visited Citipups pet store in New York City on Sunday, ...Read more

Win a Corgi Aston Martin DB10 model and Naomi Harris signed Spectre DVD
HeyUGuys, February 26th

As featured in the latest Bond movie SPECTRE, released TODAY on DVD, the Corgi James Bond Aston Martin DB10 is the latest 007 offering to appeal to collectors and fans alike. Corgi DB10 Driven by the success in 2015 of the Anniversary edition of the ...Read more

A little bit of history: Model car makers Corgi celebrate their 60th anniversary
Express.co.uk, February 19th

If you do, then you might remember the very first Corgi model cars, that set you back three shillings (15p) and appeared in 1956, celebrating their 60th anniversary this year. Corgi's models were known as the ones with windows and were innovators with...Read more