1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
Last Edit: 04/07/2022
Corgi Toys released this model the first time round under the sub brand of Corgi Classics in 1966. It was in production from 1966 to 1970 in silver metallic with a charcoal grey chassis and, harder to find, maroon bodywork. The casting was revisited in 1985 in the immediate post-Mettoy Corgi Classics era alongside the Model T Ford and the Renault which had also been in the Corgi Toys - Corgi Classics line-up.
I cannot understand why the original releases have no resale value at all. To me this is a really attractive model, well made, well detailed and really pleasing - but you can get a complete belter on eBay for pennies. The 1985 releases are understandably not that sought after but the originals should be!
There is one early release which is quite pricey though, the 'Hardy Boys' Rolls. The Hardy Boys was a short-lived Saturday morning animated children's TV show about a rock band who solved mysteries and only shown in the US in 1969. I guess there was a UK release planned as the Hardy Boys car, based on the 1912 Rolls, was sold in the UK between 1970 and 1971. As nobody had a clue who the Hardy Boys were it is not surprising that sales were modest, consequently prices these days are high. The car was red, blue and yellow with plated wheels and was accompanied by five Hardy Boys figures. I have yet to find one of these.
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