Corgi Toys 154; 1961 Ferrari 156 Formula 1

 

The Ferrari 156 was made to comply with then-new Formula One regulations that reduced engine displacement from 2.5- to 1.5-litres. Phil Hill won the 1961 World Championship of Drivers and Ferrari secured the 1961 constructors championship, with this car.. The move away from large GP cars with front engines to tiny mid engined cars was exemplified by this car, they marked a paradigm shift in racing cars. Ferrari competed in Formula 1 with versions of the 156 from 1961 to 1964 (when it won the constructors championship for Ferrari for the second time)  although the shark nose was superseded in 1963 with a more conventional air intake.

Go back only a couple of years and compare this with the Corgi Vanwall, only the white plastic driver remains the same. Corgi has made some big strides forward in the intervening years - as have Formula One racing cars. Every boy in the playground it seemed had one of these, I guess because they were just about the cheapest Corgi in the range at 4/6d, and 1.25 million pieces were sold in total. Unsurprisingly it is not a hard to find item at all and prices are modest. There are no listed variations other than spun or cast hubs. It was also featured in a number of Gift Sets.

This Corgi Toy was sourced in July 2020 from a private collection

 
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