The Corgi Classics has been used at least three times in Corgi's history. It was originally given to a series of veteran and vintage car models launched in the 1960s to compete with Matchbox' Models of Yesteryear. Resurrected in the mid 1980s, the name was applied to a series of models of cars of the 1950s. However, neither of these ranges laster particularly long.
The most lasting use of the name started in the early 1990s when Corgi launched a 'Classic Models' range, including the Jag Mk2, Lotus Cortina, Morris Minor and other classics from the 1960s, alongside the range of buses and lorries based on the Thornycroft and Bedford OB castings. Then, in 1995, this part of the business was sold off in a management buyout and the new company was called Corgi Classics. Whilst the trading name has reverted to Corgi for some aspects of the business, it was Corgi Classics that was purchased by Hornby in 2008.
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