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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When your hobby takes over your house
Anglo Celt, December 20th

He shows us from what he calls 'The White Room' which stores his toys, to 'The Blue Room' which houses his models. The difference is you play with toys, and you collect and display models. A lot of the Corgi cars show the dents and scratches of having ...Read more

Five generations of writing to Santa
Sidney Daily News (subscription), December 19th

Had Clifford lived in the 21st century, he might have asked for a particular brand of horn or a certain Hot Wheels model. If the girls had written their letters in 1911, the lists might have read “doll clothes” and “toy furniture.” But all children...Read more

Walk in the park yields winning photo
The Seattle Times, December 17th

I don't have to get them to sign a model release.” Seattle's Matthews Beach Park is her ... The couple walks along the shore every weekend, her husband watching their corgi while she shoots with her Canon 5D Mark III. Nagler, who won a $250 gift card...Read more

Antiques Column: 'Spot-on' cars are very popular with collectors
The Star, December 13th

The name 'Spot-on' came about after a decision to make their models to a fixed 1:42 scale, something neither Corgi nor Dinky did. The toys were made in Belfast and later models actually had 'Made in Northern Ireland' on their bases whereas early...Read more

Grand Valley Snapshots: Week of Dec. 12, 2014
Glenwood Springs Post Independent, December 11th

The Grand Valley Model Railroad Club will hosts its 26th annual Christmas Train Show each weekend until Jan. 3-4. The show is set for Cross Orchards Historic ... Little Miss is an 8-month-old Corgi/Jack Russell mix. This cute little girl was born...Read more

Hot Wheels loses Ferrari diecast contract to Chinese company
Autoblog (blog), December 11th

Whether Bburago will use any of its old tooling to resume production of Ferrari scale models or start from scratch with all-new equipment remains to be seen, as does the matter of whether either it or Maisto will be able to produce the same quality of...Read more

Hornby wins James Bond license
Insider Media, December 8th

The model railway maker, which also makes Scalextric toy race car sets, Airfix models and Corgi die-cast models, said the new product range is already under development and will be on display at the London Toy Fair in January 2015. Shipments will ...Read more

Hornby handed worldwide licence for Corgi and Scalextric-branded James Bond ...
This is Money, December 5th

The next Bond film, starring Craig in his fourth outing as the special agent, will feature a special Aston Martin DB10 sportscar. Hornby (up 3.25p at 80.25p) has evolved to include big-name hobby products such as Airfix model kits and Humbrol paints...Read more