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The body material was soon changed to die cast zinc and it was refitted with cast wheels and molded rubber tires.
Other models followed and the product line was given the name "Castoys." These were the direct ancestors of Corgi Toys.
Six family saloon cars; Ford Consul (200/200M), Austin A50 Cambridge (201/201M), Morris Cowley (202/202M), Vauxhall Velox (203/203M), Rover 90 (204/204M), Riley Pathfinder (205/205M) and Hillman Husky (206/206M), and two sports cars; Austin-Healey 100 (300) and Triumph TR2 (301).
Initially, all models were issued in free-rolling form, or with friction drive motors, with the exception of the heavy commercials which would have been too bulky and the sports cars whose low slung bodies would not be able to accommodate the motors.
The range was exported worldwide and sold in large numbers.
Some of the best known and most popular models were of cars made famous in film and television such as the Batmobile, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 – which remains the largest selling toy car ever produced.
In 1995, Corgi regained its independence as a new company, Corgi Classics Limited, and moved to new premises in Leicester.
The first American car, the Studebaker Golden Hawk (211/211M), was released in February 1958 and by the early 1960s the Corgi range was being exported widely, finding particular popularity in Europe, Australia, Canada, the United States of America and areas of southeast Asia such as Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong, and gradually more foreign vehicles were included to appeal to these new markets.
Models were issued on a monthly basis and the range grew quickly to include vehicles of all types.
The Mechanical versions, as they were known, were indicated by an 'M' suffix to the model number and were available in different colour schemes.
They were issued with tougher die-cast bases to support the extra weight of the motor, and in far fewer numbers.