Corgi Whizzwheels

Corgi Whizzwheels

Low friction wheels known as 'Whizzwheels' were introduced to keep up with the competition
in September 1969 with the Ferrari 206 Dino Sports (344) finished in either red and white or yellow and black.
The first incarnation (known to collectors as 'Red Spots') featured rubber tyres and brass hubs with low friction red nylon centres
which though attractive and effective, were expensive to produce and were soon replaced by plastic wheels
Although giving more 'play value', Whizzwheels models are less popular with collectors today as they take away some of the character 
and realism of the earlier regular wheeled models fitted with rubber tyres.
Some models fitted with the short-lived 'Red Spot' Whizzwheels have become collectable
particularly extremely rare promotional examples which were specially manufactured to be used as samples of the new gimick by Corgi's sales team
and which went into production with the later plastic Whizzwheels. An example of this is the Citroen SM (284).

 

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