Tuesday, March 31, 2015

#529 CORGI JUNIORS – GRAND PRIX RACER, FORMULA 1 RACER, FORMULA 5000 and HOT RODDER (1973)

The following cars are made by Corgi in 3 inches size for its line Corgi Juniors. They are formula racers and futuristic prototypes that look like formula racers. I first took the pictures and the noted that all of them were released the same year 1973. The most futuristic ones are maybe an attempt to fight agains Matchbox’s Superfasts, that already had released a few invented cars in a similar style.


Grand Prix Racer in Green (Nr. 1-D1 – 1973-76) and Hot Rodder in yellow (Nr. 28-B1 – 1973-76)








UPDATE: The same model in much better shape including stickers:




END OF UPDATE








Formula 1 Racer in Orange (Nr. 22-C1 – 1973-78) and Formula 5000 in Black (Nr. 27-B1 – 1973-81) From the second model I am showing two standard versions, one with stickers, another one without, plus a variant with black base and black motor at the end of the article.













Formula 5000 (Nr. 27-B? – later issue)

This last car is not described in Dr. Force’s guide and seems to be a later issue, since the motor is made in black plastic instead of golden and it is decorated with a tampographied “9”, instead of stickers. I am sure it is a later issue, but seems to be a rare model. Never saw it somewhere else.




FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: GRAND PRIX RACER, FORMULA 1 RACER, FORMULA 5000 and HOT RODDER (Nr. 1-D1, 22-C1, 27-B1 and 28-B1)
  • Scale: Approx. 1:64
  • Year: 1973
  • Company: Corgi (G. Britain)
  • Size: approx. 3’’ or 7 cm 

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