215S - Ford Thunderbird Open Sports


Introduced in June 1962 – with a new yellow interior, a driver figure and Corgi’s famed ‘Glidamatic’ suspension – this finely modelled left hand drive Ford Thunderbird superceded an earlier version, originally released in 1959 (as Corgi 215). Despite being given a new red body, the box artwork stayed the same, depicting the earlier model’s white exterior. Given the catalogue number, 215S, the new red Thunderbird remained in the Corgi range until 1965.

There was one further subtle difference between the two models. The rear numberplate on the original white version read 1959 – to denote the year of the Ford Thunderbird car it was based on – whereas on the new red model it was blank.

SizeLength: 110mm Width: 37mm Height: 25mm

All our Corgi Toys replicas are authentic and faithful to the originals and come with their own numbered certificate of authenticity.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Noel Kelly
Beautiful recreation of the original

Flawless recreation of the original!

Anthony Bowden
A real head-turner!

So, I bought the Saints Volvo on the website, and as my eyes moved towards closing the window, a car caught my eye... the Ford Thunderbird Open Sports!
I've a penchant for nostalgia (hence why I'm here) but I admired the sleek lines, the bright red chassis and the bow-tied driver and thought "Simon Templar needs someone to chase him!", I added it to the cart and here I am! Honestly though, the quality is superb, the weight is reassuringly heavy to indicate the robustness of the design and sprung suspension. It feels like the toy from the late 50s early 60s, and the nostalgia feeling is off the charts! The box is a great display base, and the figure removable should you want to just enjoy the vehicle for its own sake. I'm sold on these Corgi cars now, I just need to start making up display space!

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Bill Kleinschmidt
Even better than the pictures

WOW!!!!!! what can I say???? You guy's hit the nail on the head with this little Thunderbird. WOW!!! Just wonderful. Thanks so much for making this old (Young) kid smile. When she rolled out of the beautiful box my eyes got bigger and I just giggled..... Home Run!!!!

Calvin Harrje
Square Bird

Nice piece love the driver

Hello Calvin,

Thank you so much for your 5 star review, we are pleased to hear your

With kind regards
Corgi Model Club USA

Lester Beck

What more can i say?.....BRILLIANT!....keep up the good work....hopefully many more `gems` to come!

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