Corgi Toys GS17; Ferrari Racing Gift Set

 

It might have been called the 'Ecurie Corgi Set'. You have to be a complete Corgi Anorak to know what that refers to. GS17 was released in 1963 with the newly updated Land Rover in red towing a low loading racing car trailer with the also new Ferrari 156 aboard. It was though, planned originally in 1961 when the Land Rover would have been a 406 Series 1 109" in green with the tin tilt. The trailer would have been the same casting in red but the racing car was a BRM in green in its 'S' version with suspension. The 1961 release was to have had 'Ecurie Corgi' decals on the sides of the Land Rover tilt, presumably to echo the 'Ecurie Ecosse' logo on the Commer racing car transporter. 'Ecurie' means racing stable.

Some of the 'Code 3' boys have been selling Ecurie Corgi sets on eBay and a fine curiosity it makes. On page 108 of the Great Book of Corgi there is a picture of the box proof for the set that never was and the Code 3 merchants have used that as a basis for their sets. They have even made the boxes. Good luck to them I say. Steve Flowers is selling the decals and as all the models involved were produced in massive quantities and are never going to be rare, well I might have a go myself.

This is not that set. It is the delayed release from two years later. Land Rover Series 2, Ferrari 156 & trailer with no reference to Ecurie anything. Still nice though. The trailer was never sold on its own, but turned up from time to time in various gift sets. GS17 Ferrari Racing Set (to give it its proper name) was in the range from 1963 to 1967 and there are no listed variations. It is a very popular set and values are high. I put this set together from models I owned back in 2011.

 
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