Miniatures news

The latest Corgi offerings are a replica of the Iso Grifo coupe, faithfully reproducing its styling, including the four headlamps recessed in the nose of this 7-litre Chevrolet Corvette-powered Bertone fastback, the claimed maximum speed of which is 180 m.p.h.; the low-friction wheels of the 4-in.-long miniature enable it to exceed this in scale speed, say Mettoy-Playcraft, and it is complete with opening bonnet to reveal a detailed dummy engine, tip-up seats, opening doors, plated front and rear bumpers, and jewelled headlamps. No. 301 in the Corgi Series, the UK retail price is 8s. 11d.

The other new Corgi is a splendid model of the well-known, cross-country Mercedes-Benz Unimog, with detachable canopy to its truck body, specially-treaded cross-country tyres, complete with under-chassis spare wheel, tow hook, big external rear-view mirrors, windows, Mercedes-Benz badge, jewelled headlamps, and the four-wheel-drive transmission correctly depicted. This realistic miniature is 3 in. long but as a Unimog is as high as it is long, it makes quite a big model. Its Corgi reference No. is 406 and it sells for 10s. 6d.—W. B.