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Cars - Corgi or Dinky...?

edited August 2010 in Not Sports Related
My personal favourite was the yellow Chevrolet Impala New York Taxi...

Must have drove around the block a thousand times with this little beauty..

I also had the Black cop car version but the taxi was the best...

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  • Because of my age, it's obviously the Dinky. The quality was incredible and i'm sure their price today as collectables is higher than
    for the Corgis. Am I right? Since you surf on Ebay you should know.
  • My brother was working in a toy shop in Deptford when the Corgi James Bond Aston Martin DB5 came out. I got one for Christmas.

    Later I went to the factory to approve the production model for the Silver Jubilee Routemaster when I worked for LT.

    Still got one somewhere that had a white waistband rather than the red.
  • I am a sad person as I have about 100 matchbox superfast cars which I collect, so I'd say Matchbox cars. I also have matchbox battlekings and seakings too.
    Mind you, I also collect Vintage Action Men too
  • Yeah the James Bond was quite an event! I remember it well, the little machine guns, the ejector seat, and so forth.
    Corgi seemed the more 'dynamic' of the companies, Dinky seemed very diecast, remember repainting them with paint when they got badly scrattched and damaged.

    My favourite was the tank transporter. Used to love matchbox series as well!......

    Never a collector, just played with them.....
  • I had Matchbox cars as a kid. They were more for racing and smashing than admiring the quality of them. Then after school I did a short stint working in the Matchbox factory where I had to assemble 10,000 toy petrol tankers a day - that put me off of them for good.
  • Matchbox as the factory was down in abbey Wood. Loved Airfix in Charlton, got loads of kits that were imperfect from a relative who worked there.
  • edited August 2010
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VINTAGE-CORGI-261-JAMES-BOND-ASTON-MARTIN-DB5-1965-/330460085216?pt=UK_ToysGames_DiecastVehicles_DiecastVehicles_JN#ht_500wt_1154
    circa 65 My younger brother had this model..... The box lasted almost a month as he would use it as the garage!

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VINTAGE-66-CORGI-BOXED-JAMES-BOND-007-ASTON-MARTIN-270-/360287444219?pt=UK_ToysGames_DiecastVehicles_DiecastVehicles_JN#ht_4330wt_1139
  • edited August 2010
    [cite]Posted By: BDL[/cite]Matchbox as the factory was down in abbey Wood. Loved Airfix in Charlton, got loads of kits that were imperfect from a relative who worked there.

    I guess there must have been loads of them; the one I worked at was Lesney's in Rochford.
  • Had matchbox but wanted Hot Wheels ;-(
  • still got my james bond car but no box. Also my man from uncle car and confederate money.
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  • The Corgi Aston Martin DB5 was and still is the most popular 'toy' car ever produced...

    The question of whether Corgi or Dinky or Matchbox fetch the highest price doesn't really come into it, each brand has it's own dedicated collector and some will pay thousands for a particular model, the main trick is to keep the boxes they came in, they make the model worth a lot, lot more...

    My first Corgi fell out of it's box on Christmas morning around 1963, it was the Cadillac Ambulance with working light, from that moment I was truly hooked and spent a fortune collecting them, usually 5/- a shot (25p in todays money), worth hundreds now...

    I 'specialised' in American cars, particularly the Chevrolet Impala of which there were several models including a police car and a fire chief...
  • I was primarily a Corgi boy. Still got all the cars, but they're well used. I have bought a couple since turning 21, including a boxed Corgi The Saints Volvo, which is in a display case along with a few others.
  • My better half is a registered childminder and to my astonishment one of her little angel's turned up with a Corgi Austin Cambridge A60, the driving school version with the big red wheel on the roof which allowed you to steer the car.
    It was very tempting to arrange for this toy to be 'lost' however my conscience got the better of me.
  • Had both the Austin Cambridge A60 and the Cadillac Ambulance too.

    My late mother gave all my cars away after I moved out.

    There was a Lesney factory in Hackney Wick too.
  • edited August 2010
    [cite]Saga Lout-Earlier said[/cite]
    I was primarily a Corgi boy. Still got all the cars, but they're well used. I have bought a couple since turning 21, including a boxed Corgi The Saints Volvo, which is in a display case along with a few others.
    What colour is the Saint figure on the bonnet...?
  • [cite]Posted By: RedZed333[/cite]
    [cite]Saga Lout-Earlier said[/cite]
    I was primarily a Corgi boy. Still got all the cars, but they're well used. I have bought a couple since turning 21, including a boxed Corgi The Saints Volvo, which is in a display case along with a few others.
    What colour is the Saint figure on the bonnet...?

    Well, well, well - does it affect the value?!


    It's black. Let me know if I can afford to retire.
  • I've got both Dinkys and Corgis passed down to me by my Grandad. Some are boxed, some are not. My personal fav is the Dinky Spitfire and Stuka, still have them in mint condition!
  • [cite]Posted By: Saga Lout[/cite]
    [cite]Posted By: RedZed333[/cite]
    [cite]Saga Lout-Earlier said[/cite]
    I was primarily a Corgi boy. Still got all the cars, but they're well used. I have bought a couple since turning 21, including a boxed Corgi The Saints Volvo, which is in a display case along with a few others.
    What colour is the Saint figure on the bonnet...?

    Well, well, well - does it affect the value?!


    It's black. Let me know if I can afford to retire.
    The black version is worth a few quid more than the red or blue version...

    Not quite enough to retire I'm afraid, good quality could fetch £150...
  • [cite]Posted By: RedZed333[/cite]The black version is worth a few quid more than the red or blue version...

    Not quite enough to retire I'm afraid, good quality could fetch £150...

    Well, it's pretty good, in the original box - I think it cost me 40 quid about 10 years ago.
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