The Great Book of Corgi

PAGE LAST UPDATED:25 September 2016

Lot Number 1293

I've arranged this site chronologically, using Marcel van Cleemput's Pocket Book companion to the wonderful & essential Great Book of Corgi as a guide. Each year gets its own page and on each of those pages I list all the new models released that year. If there's one in my collection there's a link to pictures of it, where I don't have one yet I'm open to offers if you have one for sale. Please browse and enjoy. You may make copies of anything on the site; all I ask in return is an acknowledgement and a link back to this website.

Remember - wherever you are on the website - all the little pictures are clickable links either to more information or to bigger pictures


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1956 + The brand is launched with a fine range of British cars centre-stage supported by no less than 6 versions of the Bedford CA van.
1957 * Firsts in 1957: First Major, first foreign car, first racing car, first Land Rover, first Karrier shops, first Gift Set
1958 * The year of the missiles - two competing systems, very realistic and the beginning of the military models.
1959 + Farm machinery arrives and the beginning of 'Glidamatic' suspension and detailed interiors, Chevy Impala debuts
1960 + Bluebird, the first Chipperfields and the first opening bonnet, S upgrade models arrive and the Mini bursts on to the scene
1961 + Seats and spring suspension are the norm, the Bentley Continental, Ecurie Ecosse transporter, Fordson Major, Golden Guinea
1962 + Detail, detail - opening everything, more Chipperfields, the Jag Mk 10, some very sexy Americans and new versions of old friends
1963 + Many more features, trans-o-lites, luggage in the boot, building kits & rally cars. The Ghia sets new standards in detail
1964 + The 'Classics', the London Bus and the first Monte Carlo Mini-Cooper, fine engineering with working wipers and the Simon Snorkel
1965 + One of the biggest years; James Bond, The Saint, musical Ice Cream vans, loads of military, VW Safari Rally, long long list, all good
1966 + Batmobile, the Avengers, Man from UNCLE, Rally cars, Cortina Estate - all classic mainline Corgis at their peak
1967 + Holmes Wrecker, Daktari, Green Hornet, Bertie Wooster, James Bond's Toyota, MGB, one of the best years ever
1968 + Chitty chitty bang bang, the Monkees, take-off wheels and the Mini 'Magnifique' less newness, but every model is brilliant
1969 + London to Sydney Hillman and a few other great new models - the beginning of Whizzwheeels
1970 Whizzwheels take over, working features begin to disappear. There are still some great new products but the rot has begun.
1971 Dragsters & Beach Buggies, appearance of the 'Corgi Technocrats'. Mazak models begin a new era of poor modelling
1972 Products sourced from Hong Kong, Whizzwheels models, no clever engineering, nothing worth much at all.
1973 More dumbed-down models and fewer recognisably 'Corgi' products, Nothing new, just rehashes of mediocre stuff.
1974 As last year, nothing new worth a mention.
1975 Another fallow year with little fresh to see
1976 A few Majors showing newness, but nothing to get worked up about at all
1977 A few rehashes of old models are worth looking at - just
1978

No models released in this year made my collection, there are some pictures here of models from Chris Davidson's collection however

1979 The year of character merchandise - almost half the new releases are TV, comic & movie themed and most of the rest are rehashed old models.
1980 I'm beginning to add some 1:36 scale models here, some from the collection of Chris Davidson
1981 More of Chris' pictures and increasingly more of my own
1982 The Corgi brand is struggling to survive by diversifying into electronics
1983 The spectacular crash

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