Corgi Toys 288; Minissima; Cream & Green, Black Stripe.

I didn't realise this one was 1:36 scale until I looked at the base plate. The model is tiny - but then so is the real car. I decided to keep it even though when first I got one I was collecting exclusively 1:43 scale Corgis because I know the real vehicle. It is in the Gaydon Motor Museum near Banbury in Oxfordshire. If you've not been there you should. The collection belonged to Rover until the BMW takeover and contains a sound history of the Marques which became BMC - British Leyland and then Rover Cars. It is packed with Minis, prototype MGs that never made it into production, old Triumphs, Standards & Rovers. In recent years while BMW owned it a couple of old BMs have been added but now it belongs to Ford and they are starting to add a few cars too. For anyone who admires the British cars in my core Corgi collection it is a must for a day out. The last big addition was the Jaguar collection which is worth the visit by itself.

This car was a design exercise which eventually went into production, not as a city car as was envisaged, but as what used to be called an invalid carriage. I'm sure no-one uses that term anymore but I don't know the new word for it so Invalid carriage will have to do. Corgi made the Minissima from 1975 to 1979. It was always cream over lime green with a horizontal black stripe. There are no listed variations.

This Corgi Toy was sourced in June 2021 from a private collection

 
Corgi Toys 288; Minissima; Cream & Green, Black Stripe.


Corgi Toys 288; Minissima; Cream & Green, Black Stripe.


Corgi Toys 288; Minissima; Cream & Green, Black Stripe.
Corgi Toys 288; Minissima; Cream & Green, Black Stripe.


Corgi Toys 288; Minissima; Cream & Green, Black Stripe. Corgi Toys 288; Minissima; Cream & Green, Black Stripe.
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