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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300 stalls expected at toy and train fair
Wells Journal, April 17th

Visitors will also find Dinky, Corgi, comics, Minichamps, Hornby, Bassett Lowke, Meccano, Spot-On, sci-fi, Marklin, Matchbox, Scalextric, EFE, Lledo, Actionman, dolls, teddies and much, much, more can all be found in the Showering Pavilion and Balcony...Read more

GUY HENDERSON: Smoking tyres, smoking drivers
Torquay Herald Express, April 16th

I had the Corgi model of the car in the correct colours. You could take its wheels off and put them back on again if that's what floated your boat. I coveted the expensive shiny nylon race jacket, and no-one ever thought it odd small boys like me were...Read more

Medium Size Dogs
American Kennel Club (blog), April 9th

Although all evidence seems to point to the fact that the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a much younger dog than the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, it is still true that the Corgi from Pembrokeshire is a breed of considerable antiquity. No breed that traces its origin...Read more

Ian Clayton column - faith, hope and charity shops
Pontefract and Castleford Express, April 5th

On Christmas morning I opened my present to find that she had bought me a Corgi model of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car. She could see the disappointment on my face and said: “I asked the woman in a book shop in Leeds about that book and she told me ...Read more

The model of passion in a mini world
Evening Standard, April 2nd

The “pocket-money” models — faithfully reproduced, usually at 1:43 scale — include Corgi diecasts such as the VW Golf MK 1, Ford Fiesta XR2 or that Capri, yours for just less than £20 each and perfect for reminding Mum or Dad of the car they once owned...Read more

Auction of militaria attracts global bids
Beverley Guardian, March 31st

Diecast models were very much in line with estimates with early boxed Corgi and Dinky models continuing to do well. A Lesney large scale model of a Massey-Harris tractor made a four times estimate £300. As is traditional the model railway items...Read more

Model rail firm enters digital age
Business Reporter, March 26th

The Kent-based company, whose brands include Airfix, Scalextric and Corgi, set up an eight-strong team who will keep the firm's customer base informed about its latest promotions via Twitter, blogs, Facebook and other social media. The new unit, set up...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