The Green Hornets Black Beauty

 

It's based on a Chrysler Imperial. If you compare the pictures of the Corgi Imperial there are definite similarities, especially around the boot. There are quite a lot of features on this car; missiles fire from behind the grille, spinners launch from the boot, apparently a radar scanner, and a man shoots from the rear window. It was popular in it's time too; Corgi did well to sell 800,000 cars for a TV tie-in where the TV show was not shown in the UK. Good going Corgi.

The car was in the range from 1967 to 1972. Look carefully at the wheels on these. It comes with either spun hubs or cast detailed hubs and this makes a significant difference to value according to the price guides. All of these are expensive if still boxed and with all the leaflets and missiles still there - but a cast hubs car is said to be worth double a spun hubs car, however not in my experience, a good one is worth a lot of money, whatever the wheels, with or without the box too - boxed worth more obviously.

In 2001 Corgi revived the model with a raft of other TV & movie spin-offs, these too fetch a good price and are worth seeking out. The firing features are the same but the Green Hornet figure though has moved from firing from the back window to taking up a stance outside the car.

1967 1967 1965 2001
Corgi Toys 268; The Green Hornets Black Beauty; Spun Hubs Corgi Toys 268; The Green Hornets Black Beauty; Cast Wheels Corgi Toys 246; Chrysler Imperial Corgi CC50902; The Green Hornet Car
Corgi Toys 268; The Green Hornets Black Beauty; Spun Hubs Corgi Toys 268; The Green Hornets Black Beauty; Cast Wheels Corgi Toys 246; Chrysler Imperial Corgi CC50902; The Green Hornet Car

 


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