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For many collectors everything changed in 1969 when Whizzwheels appeared. Actually, the very first ones weren’t too bad with quite a decent-looking wheel. These are commonly called ‘red spot’ models as they had red nylon hubs. They were short-lived, though, and were replaced by black plastic with a chrome effect hub. Much cheaper but really not very realistic.

These few first years of the 1970s were complicated times for collectors, with catalogues offering models with ‘Golden Jacks’ which appeared with Whizzwheels instead and some having both red spot and plastic varieties. One even had Whizzwheels but a spare Golden Jack wheel!

There were, however, some good models made in this period, the same nice casts and features as before so I shall feature items from this crossover period. Some, however, I cannot bring myself to include. They are the dragsters and one or two crazy things like a Capri that has massive rear wheels and opens up weirdly and a Beach Buggy that vibrates or something. Most the others are there, including a fairly ‘normal’ Beach Buggy and some strange experimental vehicles too!

I am still finding items for this list so keep an eye on it. I have taken everything shown as 1:43 or thereabouts in the Great Book Of Corgi right up to 1974 when they seem to stop. The difficult cases are one or two models where Corgi seem to have just changed the wheels (and base) but left the number the same and sort of acted as if nothing had happened. The Land Rover is a good example, with many variations appearing with both normal wheels and Whizzwheels. In Breakdown Truck form this is surprising as 477 is said only to be available from 1965 to 1967 but Whizzwheels didn’t appear until 1969 so I have no idea what was going on with that. My guess is that it stayed in production and the book is wrong. Examples with Whizzwheels are still inexpensive but I believe some are actually very rare and, after trying to find some, can vouch for their being, at least, scarce to buy! So unless someone is hoarding a whole pile I would back Whizzwheels to surprise us all in a while. That sort of makes up for their intrusion in the first place!

Nearly all are now in stock. A listing of the first issues and, where applicable, the earlier models they replaced or were based on, is shown here for your reference. Beware offers of ‘red spot’ wheels that are not original. Only six were known to be produced: the Ferrari, Chevrolet Astro, Pontiac, two Capris and the Lamborghini. The first two are more likely found with them, the others without. It is quite easy to change the wheels so some people do. But the other later models simply never had them.

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