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page last updated: 22 February 2017


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This is such a well designed, well modelled and well made little van. I had the Spot-On version of the Mini Van which came nowhere close. The Spot-On one had nice Post Office Telephones decals - but it didn't have the opening doors- besides which this was the right colour, they all seemed to be this funny drab green when you saw them on the road every day. One question remains, if all the small businesses, in their tens of thousands, used Mini vans in the sixties & seventies what do they use now?

The Corgi Mini-Van was introduced in December 1964 and produced for two years. The core range van was always olive green with a red interior. The real item had a painted grille of slotted pressed steel, the came colour as the bodywork and this is usually what you find on the Corgi. On some of them it is painted silver and occasionally it has the wavy grille from the Countryman surfer (485).

CORGI TOYS

OPENING REAR DOORS

HEADLAMP REFLECTORS

SPRING SUSPENSION

SEATS

STEERING WHEEL

There is also a Dutch code 2 issue in metallic green with decals reading 'FDR1.2009/17'. Unsurprisingly these get a significant premium on the value. The rest are all similar in value, but above average for a Corgi of the period.


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Austin Mini Van - 450 Austin Mini Van - 450 Austin Mini Van - 450  
Austin Mini Van - 450 Austin Mini Van - 450 Austin Mini Van - 450  
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