256 - Volkswagen 1200 in East African Safari trim


Corgi’s first modelling of the iconic Beetle pulled out all the stops. Presented in deluxe packaging, complete with a plastic rhino charging the hapless rally car, the model went on to sell in numbers in excess of 760,000. Packed with features, it was given both an opening boot and bonnet, each lifting to reveal some impressive diecast detailing. Best of all, the model could be steered via a spare wheel mounted on the roof.

The look was completed by East African Rally stickers and decals. Launched in 1965, the model stayed in the Corgi range until 1968.Two years later, Corgi used the same casting for a police version (Corgi 492), which cleverly used the spare wheel’s hole in the roof for an emergency light.

Size: Length: 93mm Width: 40mm Height: 35mm

Scale: 1:44

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Customer Reviews

Based on 26 reviews
Replaced item

My first purchase of this item through the club was lost in the post. Contacted the club and they quickly provided me with a replacement free of any charge. First class service from the Corgi Model Club

Stuart Melbourne
25% off for fathers' day

I bought 4 models for fathers' day. They arrived on time, well packaged and all looked great. I don't remember the safari vw + rhino first time around (1960's) , but if the detailing follows the detail of 007's car, it is true to the original bar the 'made in china' bit on the floor pan.

eddy borstlap

256 - Volkswagen 1200 in East African Safari trim

Mark Rapley

Remember having the German police car version and being amused for hours. This is a pleasing and clever model. Great fun.

Gradon Forsyth
Truly wonderful models

Many thanks again for another wonderful model

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