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 plastic 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

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 91 reviews
So cool.

Just beautiful. I've been a Corgi fan since I was a kid.

Hello Frank,

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

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Corgi Model Club USA

Thomas Gow
Like finding the ones I had as a kid.

Always wished I still had the originals, now I do.

Ian Tomlinson

I think it's a Very Beautiful Model . I've seen much controversy about the Box . Personally I think it looks like an aged Box .It's Fine to Me . I absolutely Love these Club Model's 😊

Charley Amborn

256 - Volkswagen 1200 in East African Safari trim

T Jay McAllister
Beetle plus Rhino

Great model!
My brother and I each had this Corgi as kids in 1967?, he loved VW Beetles and I loved Rhinos! Win Win!

Hello T Jay,

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

With kind regards
Corgi Model Club USA

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