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Corgi History

1957 1:32

348 VEGA$
801 / 810 Classics
39901 ELVIS
39902  Monroe

1957 1:63

VEGA$
96-2 Junior
90520 Junior
Freeway
Hot Wheels

1959 1:42

214 Hardtop
215 Open
430 Taxi
Husky

1961 1:72

8-a1 Convertible
8-b1 Hardtop

Corgi Toys a brief History

"The First with Windows"

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  • 1936 - Mettoy (Metal Toys) founded.

  • 1949 - Following successful expansion from producing War Munitions a New Factory opened in Swansea, Wales producing Mettoy "Castoys" in 1:35 scale with Clockwork motors.
    1951 - "Miniature Numbers" series introduced 1:43

  • 1956 - Corgi Toys series launched, most models available in 2 versions, one with Mechanical Friction flywheel drive as shown by "M" suffix

  • 1960 - "M" models discontinued and "S" models introduced, S models had "Glidamatic" Suspension

  • 1963 - Mettoy becomes a Public Company

  • 1969 - Swansea warehouse destroyed by fire

  • 1983 - Mettoy put into receivership (similar to Chapter 11) and Corgi Toys Limited created after purchase of Business by Management Team

  • 1989 - Mattel purchases Corgi Toys Limited , and rebranded to Corgi Classics

  • 1990 - Production facilities moved to China

  • 1991 - Swansea operation closed, head office moved to Mattel's office in Leicester

  • 1995 - Corgi Classics Limited bought from Mattel by Management team

  • 1996 - Corgi Classics Limited acquires Basset Lowke

  • 1999 - Zindart acquires by Corgi Classics Limited

  • 2000 - Corgi Classics Limited acquires Lledo

    

18 August, 2003