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Corgi 224 Bentley Continental and the short lived Automatic Steering System


In 1961 Corgi released their Bentley Continental model and in keeping with the reputation of the ‘real thing’ they included several new special features and marketed it as ‘the most wonderful model ever produced!’

Along with the usual Corgi features, standard by 1961, plastic windows, glidamatic spring suspension, plastic vac-formed interior and jewelled headlights were added together with a very impressive new feature, the Automatic Steering System which was added to only 3 models produced in the year; 230 Mercedes Benz 220SE & the Ecurie Ecosse Racing Transporter. Corgi found the new steering system difficult and expensive produce and in 1964 they re-issued 230 Mercedes-Benz without automatic steering and discontinued the system.

Jewelled headlights became a near standard on future Corgi cars and together with rear light reflectors which had 4 small ruby coloured stones set in the model certainly lived up to Bentley quality. The Bentley was Corgi’s second only car to be fitted with an opening part (after the Aston Martin DB4) and inside the boot there was an added feature of a spare wheel placed in a recess.

Adding further glamour a silver plated radiator grille and mascot was included together with a rear bumper for the very first time. The Bentley also had new style ‘shaped’ wheels and hub caps, however one unique feature to the Bentley was the grey coloured tyres, which became the only Corgi model ever fitted with this colour tyre.


Black upper body – silver lower sides

White body – lower side’s metallic lime green

Cream upper body – metallic lime green lower sides

Gold plated (available in Golden Guinea GS20)

Although not produced in many variations Corgi’s Bentley is a very important model in the company’s history, by adding these innovations it moved ahead of Dinky Toys in the eyes of young children establishing itself as the UK’s No.1 diecast model maker. In 1965, after sales of nearly one million units, the Bentley was withdrawn.


Corgi 206 & 206M Hillman Husky

Pictured is a Corgi 206M Hillman Husky in grey issued in 1956 within the standard blue artwork box that was used throughout the life of this model/range.

Unmotorised versions (206) were introduced earlier the same year. Early issues have a WOW folded leaflet inside the box making them more valuable.

Known variations are as follows:

206 – brown, grey & metallic blue versions

206M – cream, blue (shade variations exist), turquoise & grey versions

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Corgi 208 208M & 208S Jaguar 2.4 Litre

Pictured is a Corgi 208 Jaguar 2.4L in white issued in 1957 within the standard blue artwork box that was used throughout the life of this model/range.

The model was later introduced with a motorised version (208M) and later still with suspension (208S). Early issues have a WOW folded leaflet making them more valuable.

Known variations are as follows:

208 – white only

208M – metallic blue

208S – yellow (shade variations exist)

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Corgi Gift Set 30 Grand Prix Kit Set

Released in 1973 this very limited set was only available by mail order for a twelve period during which time only 10,000 sets were produced plus 3,000 for the U.S. market so finding a mint boxed example is very difficult. The set comprised 3 individual unassembled kits each with 10-12 body parts, screws and decal sheet within their own unique box. Each part could be screwed together to make a finished model.

Included with the set:

  • Outer card box covered in cellophane with window area displaying a completed Surtees racing car in the unique U.S. Norris Team livery
  • 3 individually boxed racing car kits (including screws & decal sheet); Surtees TSP, Yardley McLaren and JPS.
  • Screwdriver
  • 3 plastic race officials and approximately 20 red/yellow plastic bollards (supplied in a plastic bag).

The supporting image shows the two of the three made up kits with the pre built Norris that go with this set together with correct race officials & bollards.

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