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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Huffington Post, July 28th

Our visor headband soaks up sweat, washes, and can fold up! She illustrates how you can climb mountains wearing the visor and eventually you'll feel like Pocahontas. It is not without some measure of pride that I take in how she chose active wear and a...Read more

New festival fit for a King
Dunfermline Press, July 28th

“We'll have everything from the rabbit club to the horticultural society, baking, a cycle class, model railway enthusiasts and Corgi car collectors. There will be stalls and a way of them giving out membership forms and highlighting what they do...Read more

David Knott the major shareholder of Rand Logistics, Inc. (NASDAQ:RLOG) Sold ...
OctaFinance.com, July 27th

David Knott who is presently the major shareholder of Rand Logistics, Inc. (NASDAQ:RLOG) 2.88 -0.08 -2.70% a few days ago unloaded 7,300 shares of the -listed Rand Logistics Inc. The insider trade has $22,452 U.S Dollars total value, at an average...Read more

Hornby crowns Junior Engineering Challenge winners
Toy News, July 23rd

Held at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford last week, Hornby marketing and communications manager Hannah O'Toole and Red Arrows senior engineer, squadron leader Peter Searle presented Corgi Vulcan models to overall winners ...Read more

Worcester collector moving house, so the model railway has to go. But it could ...
Worcester News, July 22nd

In the diecast section, there's a large collection of Corgi Classic trucks featuring liveries of most of the well-known UK haulage companies. Mr Orr believes the trucks, most of which have never been out of their original boxes, could make up to £2,000...Read more

Teachers' New Homework: a 'Watchman' Plan
Wall Street Journal, July 14th

Many teachers said they are excited that this twist adds a thought-provoking dimension to the classic and will lead to valuable classroom discussions of flawed heroes, bigotry and the fact that Ms. Lee's father, the model for Atticus, abandoned his...Read more

I'm too old for any more corgis decides the Queen
The Australian (blog), July 14th

Mr Somerville, who served as her milliner for 25 years, sent her a china model of one for Christmas 2008. The Queen responded with a note, saying: “Thank you so much for the charming Corgi you gave me for Christmas. I am so pleased to have it and it is...Read more

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

The Queen loves Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and it is easy to see why. They are agreeable little things: small, friendly and fun to walk. But, for the first time in its history, the breed has been listed as “vulnerable”. The reason is thought to be that...Read more