Category:Corgi Toys (Glenn Butler Collection)

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The main display cabinet for Glenn Butler's collection of Corgi Toys is in Arch Two, and currently contains over two hundred mint condition classic-era Corgi Toys vehicles with their original packaging, up to and including the famous Corgi model of the 1960s Lincoln-Continental-based Batmobile, and Corgi's original silver and gold versions of the James Bond's Aston Martin DB6, with machine guns, rear bullet-screen and ejector seat.

2015 expansion

A further auxiliary Dinky Toys cabinet with around another seventy-odd vehicles and boxes was added in January 2015, and is directly adjacent, just to the right of the first cabinet. The displays have been undergoing continual further enhancement and expansion throughout 2015-2019 on an almost monthly basis, eventually reaching a peak (counting trailers and individual cars on transporters) of around ~350 models.

About the collection

Wallis & Wallis Specialist Toys & Model Auctioneers of Lewes began running the very first regular toy auctions in the country here in Sussex thirty-four years ago. Of course, many other companies have since joined in, and auctions continue to be an important part of the toy collecting scene, especially for older and more valuable items.

about Glenn

Glenn Butler, one of the partners of Wallis & Wallis sold his first Corgi and Dinky collection to help buy his first house, but the collecting bug never went away and over the last 22 years put together this stunning collection of Corgi Toys from the late 1950’s and 1960s purchased at auction and from all over the World. This second collection, now purely Corgi, was collected partly in memory of those he played with as a boy but, as he says, he could never have collected the rare colours and other variations back then – they were just toys, you did not think about rarities, even if they existed.

Most of Glenn’s growing collection is now here on display at Brighton Toy and Model Museum, and features many rare examples which were not often seen when they were new, as they were for export only. Some also never made production as they were colour trials purchased from an ex-Mettoy employee. The Bentley Continental in black and dark green and the Land Rover 109” in light grey are two such examples.

colours and rarities

Glenn is always on the look-out for interesting and different colour variations, some of which are not obvious, like the two different metallic red/maroon versions of the Mercedes-Benz Pullman with working windscreen wipers, and some that few people know about, like the metallic blue Renault Floride, with a red interior which was apparently mostly retailed in Italy, plus a similar example in a lighter blue with a yellow interior, never having been recorded as having been sold at auction. Ramsay’s Price Guide records this example as "NGPP" (No Guide Price Possible). He also found the elusive Citroen Safari Alpine Rescue Car, complete with the figures of the man and St Bernard dog in The Netherlands. The gold coloured Volkswagen Type 2 pick-up is also a very rare find.

There are also rare promotionals, like the Volkswagen Type 2 van in "Vroom & Dreesman" livery for a department store in The Netherlands, the Commer vans in "Hammonds" livery for a store in Hull and in plain dark grey for "Combex Industries Ltd" which interestingly never existed – a batch of these Commer vans were found and a name was plucked and certificates printed to give them a history – still it’s a rare and interesting piece. This model is fitted with unusual later-style plastic wheels some years before they went into mass production as Whizzwheels. Any further information on this example would be gratefully received.


Glenn says he does not really want to get into the variations in wheels and tyres, but sometimes this is important and a clue to the date of the model. For example, the Bedford Dormobile Personnel Carrier, which unusually has the blue colour extending down to the "waistline" rather than just the roof, is also fitted with the early-style plain spun wheels, indicating that it is also a very early issue of this second type Bedford CA van from Corgi.

Similarly, his examples of the well-known James Bond Aston Martin DB5 include one with the red centre early Whizzwheels, which have been found to have been fitted to just a few of these models, as they fouled the wheel-arches. Although there is speculation that these have been "altered" by someone, this example did come from the same ex-employee at Mettoy. The collection also has a rare Land Rover with the same red centre wheels purchased off a trader in The Netherlands, so examples did exist using earlier castings with the later style red spot Whizzwheels. These "red spot" wheels were unsuccessful and were quickly changed for the more common plastic version, which if required, ran smoothly and quickly. It is these small variations which make collecting models like these so interesting. Not everybody’s collection is made up of so many absolutely mint and boxed examples as Glenn’s – he has put a lot of time and effort into obtaining the particular models he wanted.

the thrill of the hunt

A bit of fun to keep the collecting bug fresh: Glenn bought off an antique dealer friend, a mint empty box for the "Carrimore" Car Transporter set, then set about finding the contents to match; Finding the correct Bedford and car transporter, but in the rare export colours took time. In total, it took around three years to complete.

Meanwhile, he will continue to look out for more interesting additions to his Corgi collection, which you can enjoy, along with all the other wonderful exhibits here on display.

collecting Corgi

Thinking about collecting Corgi Toys yourself? A bit of advice given to Glenn by his father: "Buy the best you can find as it will pay you dividends in the end, condition is key." Watch for good repaints, these are fine as long as they are not being offered as originals. Always check the base and the rivets, also check bumpers/grills, these were masked and sprayed, not hand painted. Reproduction boxes have been produced to a very high standard so check inside, some are marked "reproduction". If in doubt ask someone who knows. Happy hunting!


The portion of the collection currently on display across both cabinets currently consists of more than three hundred individual Corgi vehicles.

The following list is for the main Corgi cabinet contents as they were in 2014 ... this was before the display was expanded with the second cabinet, and is now woefully out of date. 2015 saw the addition of a significant number of achingly rare and desperately valuable Corgi pieces, some of which were experimental or export-only versions, and which are not included in the current listing.

150S: Vanwall racing car, green151: Lotus Mk11 Le Mans racing car, blue152S: BRM racing car, turquoise153: Bluebird record car, blue155: Lotus Climax racing car, green/yellow156: Cooper Maserati, dark blue200: Ford Consul, green/cream201: The Saint's Volvo, White202: Morris Cowley, mid blue/cream205: Riley Pathfinder, red207: Standard Vanguard 111, cream/red roof, upper sides208S: Jaguar 2.4 saloon, lemon yellow209: Riley Pathfinder Police Car, black210: Citroen DS 19, red211S: Studebaker Golden Hawk, gold plated213S: Jaguar 2.4 saloon Fire Service, bright red216: Austin A40, light blue/dark blue216M: Austin A40, red/black roof218: Aston Martin DB4, yellow/spoked wheels220: Chevrolet Impala, sky blue221: Chevrolet Impala TAXI, yellow/red221: Chevrolet Impala TAXI, yellow222: Renault Floride, metallic light olive green222: Renault Floride, metallic blue222: Renault Floride, maroon224: Bentley Continental, black/dark green224: Bentley Continental, black/silver224: Bentley Continental, apple green/pale green226: Morris Mini Minor, metallic maroon227: Mini Cooper Rally, yellow/with yellow bonnet RN 3227: Mini Cooper Rally, blue/white roof/bonnet RN7228: Volvo P.1800, pink229: Chevrolet Corvair, light blue229: Chevrolet Corvair, mid blue230: Mercedes Benz 220 SE, cream230: Mercedes Benz 220 SE, maroon230: Mercedes Benz 220 SE, black231: Triumph Herald, light blue/white231: Triumph Herald, gold/white232: Fiat 2100, pale pink233: Heinkel Trojan, orange234: Ford Consul Classic, beige with pink roof235: Oldsmobile Super 88, metallic blue/white flash235: Oldsmobile Super 88, light blue /white flash236: Austin A60 Motor School, light blue238: Jaguar Mk X, metallic sea green239: Volkswagen 1500 Karmann Ghia, metallic gold240: Fiat 600 Jolly, blue with red canopy240: Fiat 600 Jolly, metallic blue with red canopy241: Chrysler Ghia L6.4, metallic yellow gold body241: Chrysler Ghia L6.4, metallic blue241: Chrysler Ghia L6.4, metallic green246: Chrysler Imperial Convertible, red with golf bag in trunk247: Mercedes Benz 600 Pullman, metallic maroon247: Mercedes Benz 600 Pullman, metallic red248: Chevrolet Impala, light brown/cream roof249: Morris Mini Cooper wickerwork, black, red roof wickerwork sides251: Hillman Imp, metallic blue252: Rover 2000, metallic light blue252: Rover 2000, metallic maroon253: Mercedes Benz 220 SE, metallic blue255: Austin A60 Motor School, dark blue left-hand-drive256: Volkswagen 1200 East African, orange/plus rhino258: Volvo P.1800 'The Saint', white/black logo259: Citroen Le Dandy, metallic maroon259: Citroen Le Dandy, metallic blue/white260: Renault 16TS, metallic maroon261: James Bond Aston Martin DB5, metallic gold262: Lincoln Continental, light blue/light tan roof263: Marlin Rambler, red/black roof267: Batmobile 1st type, gloss black268: Green Hornet's Black Beauty, gloss black270: James Bond Aston Martin DB5, metallic silver270: James Bond Aston Martin DB5, metallic silver/red spot wheels270: James Bond Aston Martin DB5, metallic silver, picture box270: James Bond Aston Martin DB5, metallic silver rare box271: Ghia Mangusta DeTomaso, blue/white273: Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, pearlescent white/grey275: Rover 2000TC, metallic olive green275: Rover 2000TC, white277: Monkeemobile, red/white roof280: Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, metallic silver/blue280: Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, metallic gold281: Rover 2000, metallic purple281: Rover 2000, metallic maroon302: MGA, dark metallic green302: Hillman Hunter Rally, blue/white kangaroo303S: Mercedes Benz 300SL, light blue304: Mercedes Benz 300SL, all yellow305: Triumph TR3, metallic olive green307: Jaguar E Type, dark red307: Jaguar E Type, dark metallic grey309: Aston Martin DB4 competition, turquoise/white310: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, metallic silver312: Marcos Mantis, metallic maroon313: Ford Cortina GXL G.Hill, metallic bronze313: Ford Cortina GXL G.Hill, mustard314: Ferrari Berlinetta 250LM, red315: Simca 1000 Sport, plated silver316: NSU Sport Prinz, metallic pink317: Mini-Cooper Monte Carlo, red/white roof RN37318: Lotus Elan S2 open top, metallic light blue318: Lotus Elan S2 open top, white318/9: Lotus Elan S2 open top, dark green/yellow stripe319: Lotus Elan S2 closed top, mid blue/white319: Lotus Elan S2 closed top, red/white319: Lotus Elan S2 closed top, yellow/green321: Monte Carlo Mini, red/white roof RN52322: Rover 2000 Monte Carlo Rally, metallic maroon/white322: Rover 2000 Sun Rally, white/black323: Citroen DS19 Monte Carlo Rally, light blue/white RN75324: Marcos 1800 GT, white/green stripes324: NSU Sport Prinz, blue/white stripes325: Ford Mustang Fastback, white/red stripes327: MGB GT, red330: Porsche Carrera GT, red/white334: Mini Cooper Magnifique, metallic blue335: Jaguar 'E' Type, metallic blue336: Toyota 2000 GT, white339: Mini Cooper, red/white roof RN177341: Mini Marcos GT850, metallic red345: MGC GT Competition, yellow/black352: RAF Standard Vanguard RAF Staff Car, RAF blue354: Commer Military Ambulance, satin olive green355: Commer Van US Miltary Police, satin olive green356: Volkswagen Personnel Carrier, satin olive green357: Land Rover US Military, satin olive green358: Oldsmobile Staff Car, satin olive green359: Smith's US Army Field Kitchen, satin olive green403: Bedford 12CWT Van 'Daily Express', dark blue livery403A: Bedford 12CWT Van 'KLG Plugs', red livery404: Bedford 'Dormobile' Personnel Carrier, yellow/light blue roof404: Bedford 'Dormobile' Personnel Carrier, yellow/light blue roof & sides V.Rare406: Land Rover 109", metallic blue/cream roof406: Land Rover 109", yellow/black roof408: Bedford Road AA Service van, yellow/black412: Bedford Ambulance, cream livery414: Bedford Military Ambulance, satin olive green416: Land Rover RAC vehicle, mid blue livery416S: Land Rover RAC vehicle, mid blue livery417: Land Rover Breakdown Truck, red/yellow419: Ford Zephyr Motorway Car, white420: Ford Thames Airborne Caravan, metallic green/pale green420: Ford Thames Airborne Caravan, lilac/pink420: Ford Thames Airborne Caravan, blue/pale blue422: Bedford delivery van 'Corgi', yellow/blue422: Bedford delivery van 'Corgi', blue/yellow (RARE)423: Bedford Utilecon Fire Tender, red424: Ford Zephyr Estate car, two tone blue426: Chipperfields Booking Office, red/blue428: Mr. Softee Ice Cream van, light blue/cream430: Ford Thunderbird Bermuda Taxi, white/green/red canopy431: Volkswagen Pick-Up, metallic gold/red431: Volkswagen Pick-Up, yellow/red433: Volkswagen Delivery van, red/white433: VW Delivery Van, Vroom & Dreesmann, dark grey livery434: Volkswagen Kombi, metallic green/pale green435: Karrier Bantam Dairy Produce Van, light blue/white roof436: Citroen Safari, yellow wildlife livery437: Cadillac Superior Ambulance, red/cream437: Cadillac Superior Ambulance, light blue/white438: Land Rover 109", dark green/grey tonneau438: Land Rover 109", metallic green/brown canopy438: Land Rover 109", red spot wheels, metallic green/brown canopy440: Ford Consul Cortina Estate Golf Set, metallic blue with accessories441: Volkswagen Toblerone van, light blue livery443: Plymouth Suburban Sports US Mail, light blue/white445: Plymouth Sports Suburban Station Wagon, lilac with red roof445: Plymouth Sports Suburban Station Wagon, cream with light brown roof447: Wall's Ice Cream van, light blue/cream448: Police Mini van and police dog, dark blue448: Police Mini van and police dog, dark blue450: Austin Mini van, light metallic green452: Commer 5 Ton Dropside Lorry, red/cream454: Commer 5 Ton Platform Lorry, metallic blue/silver458: ERF 44G Earth Dumper, red/yellow460: ERF Neville Cement Tipper 'Tunnel Cement', yellow/silver462: Commer delivery van Hammonds, green/blue/white462: Commer delivery van, grey Masonic Lodge special463: Commer Ambulance, cream464: Commer Police van, dark blue/County Police464: Commer Police van, dark blue/POLICE465: Commer Pick-Up Truck, red/yellow466: Commer Milk Float, light blue/white468: Routemaster Double Decker Bus, red L.T. livery, 'Church's468: Routemaster Double Decker Bus (RARE), Australian NSW green/brown/cream468: Routemaster Double Decker Bus, red L.T. livery 468: Routemaster Double Decker Bus, red L.T. livery471: Karrier Bantam 'Patetes Frites', Belgian Issue, mid blue471: Karrier Bantam 'Joe's Diner', mid blue473: Citroen Safari Winter Sport 1964, white/ Olymipic logo475: Citroen Safari Corgi Ski Club, white/ski club logo477: Land Rover Breakdown Truck, red/yellow474: Wall's Ice Cream van, light blue/cream485: Surfing with the BMC Mini Countryman, turquoise486: Chevrolet Kennel Club vehicle, red/white487: Land Rover Chipperfields vehicle, red/blue490: Volkswagen Breakdown Truck, mustard green491: Ford Consul Cortina Estate, red/woodwork491: Ford Consul Cortina Estate, metallic grey/woodwork492: Volkswagen 1200 Beetle Polizie car, white492: Volkswagen 1200 Beetle Polizei car, green/white497: The Man From Uncle Thrush Buster, metallic purplish blue497: The Man From Uncle Thrush Buster, cream US export version499: Citroen Safari 1968 Winter Olympics, white/blue 'Grenoble' 503: Chipperfields Giraffe Transporter, mid blue/red, stepped wheels508: Commer Holiday Camp Special Mini Bus, orange/white510: Citroen DS Paramount 'Tour de France', red/white513: Citroen Safari Alpine Rescue, white/red with St.Bernard


1100: Bedford Machinery Carrier, yellow/metallic blue1118: International 6×6 Truck, satin olive green1120: Motorway Express Coach, red with black roof1129: Bedford articulated Petrol Tanker, light blue/white1134: Bedford US Army Fuel Tanker, satin olive green1140: Bedford articulated Petrol Tanker Mobilgas, red/white1143: American La France Fire Engine, red/silver1146: Scammell Carrimore tri-deck transporter, yellow/white1147: Scammell Highwayman 'Ferrymaster', yellow/white


Gift Set 1B: Car transporter with 4 cars, Bedford S Type with 4 cars-boxedGift Set 2: Land Rover with Rice's Pony Trailer, fawn/cream liveryGift Set 2: Land Rover with Rice's Pony Trailer, green/fawn and red/blackGift Set 8: Lions Of Longleat Land Rover, white/black stripesGift Set 10: Marlin Rambler Set with trailer & two canoes, blue/whiteGift Set 11: ERF Lorry with 4-wheel trailer, yellow/metallic blueGift Set 16: Ecurie Ecosse Racing Car Transporter +3 cars, metallic blue/lighte blue wordsGift Set: Land Rover with Ferrari Racing Car on Trailer, red/cream and red liveryGift Set 27: Bedford Machinery Carrier + Priestman Shovel, yellow/metallic blueGift Set 31: Buick Riviera Boat Set, light blue car, boat and skierGift Set 35: London Passenger Transport Set, Routemaster and Austin TaxiGift Set 37: Lotus Racing Team, Volkswagen, 2 Lotus, chassis etcGift Set 48: Car transporter with 6 cars, Ford H Series Carrimore & cars

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