Dinky 555 - Cabriolet Ford "Thunderbird"


The original Dinky model of the Thunderbird was only available for a couple of years, making it one of the rarest die-cast Dinky models. First issued in 1969, only in France, the most common colour was an all-over metallic lime green. Modelled on a 1960 version of the Ford Thunderbird – the so-called ‘Square Bird’ – it was also available in South Africa painted in a variety of colours.  All boxes depict an illustration of the Thunderbird in red, regardless of the colour of the actual model.

Ford launched the Thunderbird in 1955, and it was available in eleven different models until production ceased in 2005.The first model was a two-seater convertible sports car, but the most-iconic was the 1958-1960 model that the Dinky was based on.

Considerably larger than the launch model, the ‘58 T-bird had stylish fins, dual headlights and a bonnet scoop – all faithfully reproduced on the model. Sales of the 1958-1960 reached nearly 200,000, Ford surprising everyone by re-designing the car yet again in 1961. By the time production ended in 2005, 4.4 million Thunderbirds had rolled off the production line.

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  • Order now to receive your CORGI TOYS re-issue for the introductory price of only 12,95 (+€6,99 p&p), saving you €15 off the normal club member price of €27,95.
  • You will also receive your THREE EXTRA FREE GIFTS – the 1966 Corgi Catalogue, the metal Corgi tin and the Corgi garage attendants – all worth €41,85.
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As a member of the Corgi Model Club you will receive a monthly delivery of an officially licensed die-cast Corgi Toys re-issue from our collection. Each Corgi Model Club model has been carefully chosen and curated from Corgi’s ‘golden era' of the 1960s and early 1970s.

Each and every Corgi Model Club model is exclusively licensed to us from Hornby PLC, owners of the famous Corgi Toys brand name. Each one comes with an individually numbered certificate of authenticity confirming its provenance as an official Corgi Model Club re-issue made by Hornby PLC.

Corgi Model Club models are exact facsimiles of original Corgi Toys. When in mint condition and with their original box, original examples can fetch hundreds of Pounds at auction, making collecting Corgi Toys of the 1960s and early 1970s out of reach for many of us. That is, until now! It is our mission to make collecting Corgi Toys as affordable as possible – introducing these fantastic models to a new generation of die-cast model collectors.

By joining the Corgi Model Club you will save between 25% to 45% on each model compared to the online prices from our own shop. Club membership ensures that you pay just €27,95 for each Corgi Model Club model in your collection, regardless of how detailed and complex it may be. Postage and packing is just €6,99 per model – regardless of how heavy it is for us to send to you – ensuring that you always know where you stand in terms of costs.

Corgi Model Club membership is completely free and without any catches. And should you ever wish to cancel – which you are totally free to do at any time – there is no financial penalty.

Corgi Model Club membership ensures that you're first in the queue to receive each re-issue. For reasons outside of our control, models sometimes can run out of stock or even be discontinued, so we do our best to keep aside all available models for our members.

To ensure you remain in control of your Corgi Model Club membership, please make sure we have your current email address. Having your email address means that we can inform you when your next model is due to be sent to you and when your account will be debited.

Being part of the Corgi Model Club is more like a flexible membership rather than a subscription. There is zero commitment. In addition, we have introduced a number of initiatives to make collecting our models as easy and cost effective as possible:

CATCHING UP - We know that new members can find it frustrating when they’re lagging behind in the collection compared to our earliest members. For this reason, we offer a ‘catch up’ service so that all Corgi Model Club members can easily get up to date so they receive the latest models. Our catch up service is extremely flexible, allowing Corgi Model Club members to accelerate through the collection by receiving as many models as they would like at any given time. Therefore the speed you catch up – is totally up to you. Simply email or call our Customer Services team and they will guide you through your options. I

We want to be able to make collecting Corgi Model Club models as easy on your pocket as possible, so we allow our members to reduce the frequency they receive our models from one per month to just one model every two or three months. Call or email our Customer Services team to find out how easily this can be actioned.

We offer a no quibble ‘pausing’ service that enables Corgi Model Club members to place their membership on hold – for whatever reason. Our Customer Services team simply pause your membership, cancelling any payments to us. When you wish to re-start your collection again, get in contact with us and your collection will restart again at the point you left it.

If you wish to cancel your membership after receiving a model, simply let our Customer Services team know b
y phone or email. 

If you wish to return a model then send it back to us in the condition you received it and that will be the end of the matter. We will refund you the cost of the model, no questions asked.

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If you have any queries please email or call our friendly Customer Services team:
EMAIL: enquiries@corgimodelclub.com
PHONE: 08000 55 77 44

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Sounds familiar these days, doesn’t it?  But it really did happen - in 1966 to be precise. It sounds hard to believe, but the Mini was hot favourite to gain a hat-trick of victories – rally legends Mäkinen and Hopkirk each drove one, together with Rauno Aaltonen in a third Cooper.  And they thrilled fans when they finished first, second and third. But joy quickly turned to disbelief when, ALL three cars were disqualified.

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