GP Beach Buggy

 

The General Plastics (GP) Beach Buggy was a kit-built car using a glass fibre body shell and donor parts fro a Volkswagen Beetle. Trendy in the 1970s they have never quite gone away. I don't think General Plastics make the body shell any more but lots of little man-in-shed type businesses still do. These days though it is probably harder to get the loon pants and platform shoes to go with them.

With some of the old Corgis one can refer to them as models and be serious about it. Yes they were primarily toys, but take for example the Simon Snorkel fire engine. That was also a fine piece of scale model engineering, or the old Renault Floride which was an excellent detailed model of an elegant car - they were both also toys. This is just a toy, nothing else.

381 Beach Buggy With Surf Boards

The GP Beach Buggy was available from 1970 to 1976. Colours were: metallic red or blue, gloss red /orange; all with a white plastic roof and surfboards on the roof. They are not hard to find and values are low. You will also see it in purple metallic, that one is from Gift Set GS26 Beach Buggy & Sailing Boat and has nicer wheels, a tow bar, no roof or surfboards and should have a driver figure.

GS26 Beach Buggy & Sailing Boat Set

The Beach Buggy & Sailing Boat set featured the No.381 Beach Buggy in metallic purple with the addition of a driver figure but without the roof or surfboards. They also had rather more detailed and wider wheels and a towbar. The sailing boat has a white hull and sail, a red deck and is on a yellow trailer. It was available from 1971 to 1976 and there are no listed variations although you will find different wheel patterns on the Beach Buggy.

395 Fire Bug

What sort of fevered imagination comes up with a beach buggy fire engine? This is a thorough job though. There are blue beacons, when new it had a ladder on top, it also had an axe cast into the blues & twos unit. What did it tow? Why the tow bar? It is a brightly coloured child's toy when you get down to it. Not what Corgi was about in the early days but this is the way things are going, it's a nice bit of fun.

       
Corgi 381; GP Beach Buggy Corgi Toys 381; GP Beach Buggy; Orange/Red With White Hood & Surfboards Corgi GS26; Beach Buggy and Sailboat Set Corgi Toys 395; Fire Bug; Beach Buggy
Corgi Toys 381; GP Beach Buggy; Metallic Blue Corgi Toys 381; GP Beach Buggy; Orange/Red With White Hood & Surfboards Corgi GS26; Beach Buggy and Sailboat Set Corgi Toys 395; Fire Bug; Beach Buggy Fire Truck

 


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