Husky / Corgi Juniors by Mettoy
#31a Oldsmobile Starfire



The Oldsmobile Starfire joined the Husky range in 1966 and was packaged in the standard red and white blisterpack.
Initial production was in metallic light blue however in 1968 the Starfire was recoloured metallic dark olive green to the end of production.
This toy featured a rather large opening boot (trunk) and was the largest car in the Husky range. The sole casting variation was inside the trunk, the earliest production of blue examples featured a cut out boot floor however perhaps for reasons connected to rigidity riviting the rear rivit the boot floor was subsequently cast flat entirely as part of the body.

All were produced with clear glazing, yellow seats and the chrome plated plastic baseplate incorporating the bumpers with Corgi“s simple but very fragile plastic suspension.
The vast majority produced in both colours were fitted with plain dark gray plastic tyres which were 10.5 x 2mm however 1969 production in metallic dark olive did feature the new 11.5 x 2mm black inset wheels with plated plastic insert hubcaps and these can also be found in the yellow-red-white blisterpacks made only during the final months of the Husky brand after the Woolworths exclusive contract had expired. .



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Above: The earliest version in light metallic blue with
clear windows, yellow interior and grey plastic wheels.

Above: Showing the opening boot (trunk).


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Above: A dark metallic olive green Starfire
with grey plastic wheels.
photo courtesy Matchboxmodels from the forum.

Above: A dark metallic olive green Starfire
with chrome hubcap wheels.
photo courtesy Matchboxmodels from the forum.

Above: A Corgi Juniors shop display unit.

Above: Showing the casting modification to the inside of the boot (trunk).
photo courtesy Antinin Shenk


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code number
body colour
windows colour
interior colour
base colour
boot floor
wheels
code 1
light metallic blue
clear
yellow
plated
with opening
10.5x2mm grey plastic
code 2
light metallic blue
clear
yellow
plated
no opening
10.5x2mm grey plastic
code 3
dark metallic olive green
clear
yellow
plated
no opening
10.5x2mm grey plastic
code 4
dark metallic olive green
clear
yellow
plated
no opening
chrome hubcap 11.5x2mm

Values based on Vectis + ebay actual selling prices.
prices for mint models in blister pack, the value for uncarded models is approximately 1/3
metallic blue - £15-£25
metallic olive green, all variations - £20-£30