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Corgi Toys

Corgi Toys originally set out to compete in the die-cast toy vehicle market that was dominated by Dinky Toys, Meccano, and a host of other companies around the world. Production began in 1956 and continues today under different ownership. The company saw huge success through television-series model cars including the Batmobile, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and most of all, the Aston Martin DB5 driven by James Bond.

The design team at Corgi created cars with steerable front wheels, opening hoods and doors, and decorative jeweled tail and headlights. Several rare examples of Corgi cars were produced with rear-view mirrors and folding seats. One even had a corgi dog sitting in the rear window.

Mettoy, the controlling entity of Corgi, produced small-scale toys marketed under the Husky Toys name. The line was introduced in 1964 and was meant to compete directly with Matchbox. Corgi stayed competitive and produced stunning automotive miniatures far into the ‘80s. The company has changed hands several times and was wholly owned by Mattel at one time. Today, the brand is known as Corgi Classics and is owned by Hornby, a British model railroad brand.


Quick Facts

  • The Corgi Toys name was chosen by Philip Ullman, inspired by the Welsh corgi breed of dog. The iconic corgi dog logo differentiated Corgi Toys from other toy companies on the market
  • Corgi is best known by collectors today for producing the best-selling toy car in history: the Aston Martin DB5 driven by James Bond in the movie “Goldfinger”
  • Collection of Corgi toys has flourished online, allowing collectors to find rare examples from the company’s nearly 85-year history

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(5) Die Cast Cars, Road Champs, Corgi, Motorworks
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
(5) Die Cast Cars, Road Champs, Corgi, Motorworks
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
Lot of 20 Vintage Diecast Vehicles
Mar 28, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 20 Vintage Diecast Vehicles
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Lot of Vintage Corgi and Dinky Cars
Mar 28, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of Vintage Corgi and Dinky Cars
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$101 Bid
James Bond 007 "Quantom Of Solace" Aston Martin DBS-Battle Damaged Edition
Mar 24, 7:00 PM GMT
James Bond 007 "Quantom Of Solace" Aston Martin DBS-Battle Damaged Edition
by James Auctioneers London
Est: £60- £80
£601 Bid
Corgi Gold Plated James Bond - Aston Martin DB5 & V12 Vanquish
Mar 24, 7:00 PM GMT
Corgi Gold Plated James Bond - Aston Martin DB5 & V12 Vanquish
by James Auctioneers London
Est: £125- £150
£1201 Bid
James Bond Casino Royale Aston Martin DB5 & DBS Ltd Edition
Mar 24, 7:00 PM GMT
James Bond Casino Royale Aston Martin DB5 & DBS Ltd Edition
by James Auctioneers London
Est: £100- £125
£1001 Bid
CORGI:
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
CORGI:
by Gateway Gallery Auction
Est: $0- $0
$200 Bids
3- CORGI MAJORS TRUCKS MIB
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
3- CORGI MAJORS TRUCKS MIB
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Corgi Toys 316 NSU Sport Prinz, metallic cerise body with lemon yellow interior, spun hubs, boxed
Mar 05, 10:00 AM GMT
Corgi Toys 316 NSU Sport Prinz, metallic cerise body with lemon yellow interior, spun hubs, boxed
by Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd
Est: £50- £70
£500 Bids
Corgi Toys 319 Lotus Elan coupé, blue and white body, cream interior, cast hubs, boxed
Mar 05, 10:00 AM GMT
Corgi Toys 319 Lotus Elan coupé, blue and white body, cream interior, cast hubs, boxed
by Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd
Est: £40- £60
£400 Bids
Corgi Toys 211 Studebaker "Golden Hawk" with windows, white body with gold flashes, flat spun plated hubs, boxed
Mar 05, 10:00 AM GMT
Corgi Toys 211 Studebaker "Golden Hawk" with windows, white body with gold flashes, flat spun plated hubs, boxed
by Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd
Est: £50- £80
£500 Bids
Lot of 10 Vintage Diecast Vehicles
Mar 28, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 10 Vintage Diecast Vehicles
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
Corgi 439 Chevrolet Fire Chief, with tatty box.
Mar 09, 10:00 AM GMT
Corgi 439 Chevrolet Fire Chief, with tatty box.
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £25- £50
£120 Bids
VINTAGE 1985 CORGI C1231 VOLVO GLOBETROTTER SEMI TRUCK
Mar 08, 4:00 PM EST
VINTAGE 1985 CORGI C1231 VOLVO GLOBETROTTER SEMI TRUCK
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
VINTAGE DIE CAST CORGI SCOTTS EMPIRE BREAD THORNYCROFT VAN WITH ROOFRACK
Mar 08, 4:00 PM EST
VINTAGE DIE CAST CORGI SCOTTS EMPIRE BREAD THORNYCROFT VAN WITH ROOFRACK
by Diefenderfer Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Corgi CC04602 James Bond Gyrocopter
Mar 04, 6:00 PM AEDT
Corgi CC04602 James Bond Gyrocopter
by Trains, Planes and Automobiles
Est: AUD40- AUD80
AUD250 Bids

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James Auctioneers London

James Auctioneers London

Bodnar's Auction Sales

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