Corgi the Best Toys for Boys

Corgi's famous model cars have captured the imagination of millions of baby boomers, and, who were once boys' toys, find their way into large-scale gathering markets.

Some models, in mint condition and complete with boxes, which were initially sold in some shelling, are now fetching hundreds of pounds. Today, the majority of cargo cars, trucks, and buses are manufactured as a limited edition only and are sold within weeks of release.

Although high prices make headlines, it's easy to start collecting digest scale models, and many vehicles, both old and new, can be bought for a few pounds.

The Corgi brand was created by Northampton's Meta Company, which first started producing colorful, pressed metal toys in the 1930s. The name Corgi (after the Welsh dog) was chosen for three reasons: first, because it was short and attractive. Secondly, the models were manufactured in Swansea and third, because of their strong association with the royal family.

The first Corgi model appeared in 1956 and covered British-made saloon cars of that era. Names associated with nostalgia include Ford Consul, Austin Cambridge, Morris Cowley, Riley Pathfinder, Vauxhall Velox, Rover 90, and Hillman Husky. Each model sold for 3 / - (15p).

Always to be sure of the difference between the front and the other die-cast vehicles, the Corgis were sold as a window car.

Other innovations included gladiatorial spring suspensions, opening bonnets and shoes, and diamond-related headlights.

Without a doubt, Corgi's most famous model is James Bond's Austin Martin DB5. First produced in 1965 and featuring electric sets and front-mounted machine guns, it was an instant success in winning the UK Toy of the Year award. At the cost of about 68 10 / - (50p), by 1968, more than 3.9 million were sold. At the auction, the incoming VIPs to the Corgi factory made a rare, gold-plated version worth £ 1,300.