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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Sad loss of top specialist shop
Isle of Wight County Press, April 11th

AS I am a former resident of the Island, living at Reynolds Close, Cowes, I would like to express my sheer sadness on hearing about the closure of Pit Stop (formerly Vectis Models) in Cowes High Street. I have been a customer to that popular shop ever...Read more

Brogue trader: the car salesman who sold his sole to the shoe industry - and ...
WalesOnline, April 10th

“The brands here, including the gentleman's accessories, are all British – Ince umbrellas, Dents leatherwear, Corgi socks from Ammanford, and, of course, the shoes are all great brands, with a great heritage.” Locating these brands, he admits, was easy...Read more

Wednesday Papers: IMF gives Osborne a growth boost
Citywire.co.uk, April 8th

Financial Times: Hornby, the maker of model trains, Corgi toys and Scalextric sets, has issued its third profit warning in less than two years after being hit by £1.2 million in losses. Financial Times: Universal Music Group has acquired Eagle Rock...Read more

Hornby issues third profit warning
Financial Times, April 8th

Hornby, the maker of model trains, Corgi toys and Scalextric sets, has issued its third profit warning in less than two years after being hit by £1.2m in losses. The small-cap toymaker on Tuesday said it had lost an additional £200,000 in the past...Read more

Scalextric toy maker expects 'gradual improvement'
The Northern Echo, April 8th

The group, whose brands include Airfix, Scalextric and Corgi, says the deficit will be £200,000 more than expected due to foreign exchange losses. Its troubles stem from supply chain woes involving a major model railway maker in China. However, bosses ...Read more

Model cars stolen from Mansfield shop
Mansfield Chad, April 2nd

Some of the more unusual items include a collection of Corgi circus vehicles, three Lipton Tea Vans with the Royal Crest and a replica of the Mercedes A Class 'Moosetest' which displays the wreckage of the Mercedes after it was crashed into a moose for...Read more

Classic kids toys return to Heritage Motor Centre
Exhibition News, March 31st

The event, at the Heritage Motor Centre in Warwickshire on Sunday 27 April, will feature some big brand names from the past and present such as Corgi, Dinky, Matchbox, Spot-On Diecast, Scalextric, Model Railways in OO and N gauges, O gauge by Hornby, ...Read more

£20000 for an auction Jaguar
Beverley Guardian, March 29th

There was strong demand for the diecast models with TV and film related doing particularly well. A Corgi Gift Set of Batmobile and Batboat sold for £250 and a Batcopter £80. A Dinky Lady Penelope's Fab 1 car made £150 and a collection of eleven Corgi ...Read more