Corgi Model Club 485 Surfing with the BMC Mini-Countryman
The Corgi Model Club represents a carefully curated cross-section of some of the greatest die-cast models ever to come originally out of Corgi's famous Swansea factory.
This feature-laden Mini Countryman model was an all-new tooling despite its similarity with the earlier (448) Mini Police Van. A bold release from the Corgi team, the star feature was undoubtedly its roof-mounted surf board, complete with a plastic surfer figure. Jewelled headlights and an aerial completed the look. It was introduced into the range in 1965 and stayed in production until 1969. Despite being manufactured for four years it was only ever painted aqua green. In an additional note for Mini enthusiasts, there were two versions of the actual car. Morris-badged Minis were known as the Traveller, whereas Corgi chose to model the near-identical Austin variant, the Countryman.