Corgi Juniors / Rockets by Mettoy
#63, #923, #927 Ford Escort Rally


Corgi issued its first Ford Escort Rally models in 1970 in two Corgi Rockets versions. First release was #923, a 007 car from the film ´´On Her Majesty´s Secret Service´´. This Escort bore race #7 and blue stripes inspired by the white film car actually driven by Roger Clark which didnt feature the bulged rally wheel arches of the rally car body cast by Corgi. It features red seats, untinted glazing with both front door windows in wound down position and a first for Corgi that may have been copied from Schuco, a press fit baseplate.

Only one run in 1970 of perhaps as few as 50,000 or as many as 100,000 cars appears to have been made and packaged in the special blisterpack (with #923 stickered key) designed for all 007 Rockets because this is the hardest to find and most pricey of all the Rockets models released in a standard colour.

The body tooling was then modified to incorporate 2 holes for black plastic struts in the front wings for the 1970 #927 London - Mexico World Cup winner FEV1H which actually maybe the car used by Corgi to design the casting with its bulged wheel arches.The baseplate was also changed to feature the larger full ´´roo bar´´ and spot lamps compared to the previous model and was painted black instead of being plated.
A new all-windows-closed untinted glazing unit was fitted with the previous red seats and a detailed if somewhat overscale set of stickers neatly applied. All were packaged in the standard generic Rocket blisterpack with a special Rally sticker applied to the front with a #927 sticker on the chassis key and a small sheet of additional stickers to be added by the buyer.

Rockets chassis C with hot foiled 5 spoke wheels was fitted to the silver plated baseplates of all #923 and to the satin black painted baseplates of all #927. When the decision was made to take the Rockets range out of production in 1971, the Rally Escort received a new Corgi Juniors Whizzwheels plated baseplate and had the holes cut in the wings blanked over, traces of this blanking showing on most Juniors bodies. A colour trial in the chosen Juniors shade of metallic blue still exists with a standard plated #923 007 baseplate and stickers which never went onto the finished production standard toy.

The earliest Juniors examples featured the same baseplate press fit technique as used on both Rockets issues with the new Whizzwheels #63 baseplate featuring the same #923 spot lamp cluster. All these cars came with red seats, the #923 untinted window set and hot foiled 5 spoke wheels on a long Whizzwheels collector picture blistercard with extra Monte Carlo Rally stickers for the buyer to add to the race #32 and orange roof stripe stickers applied at the factory.

After the first large run of Juniors Rally Escorts the baseplate and body tooling were modified to feature a pair of standard rivits as the press fit cars had a habit of popping open in rough play or even track accidents!. The switch to short Whizzwheels collector card blisters and the dropping of the fit yourself sticker sheet both occurred at about the same time as the rivited baseplates became standard on Rally Escorts.

This hugely successful toy remained in production into 1975 with all made from early 1973 packaged in either the blue, orange or red generic blister design with the yellow plus 2 colours S shaped track swirl decorating the cards.While the vast majority made did have red seats and standard hot foiled 5 spoke wheels significant volumes were made in 1974-75 with yellow or white seats and a minority of these coming with the standard hot foiled 10 slot wheels which were very common on some other Juniors.

When Corgi experienced severe financial problems in the early 1980s the tooling for the #63 Rally Escort was exported to Brazil and used by the Kiko brand to make both a white rally version and a yellow taxicab which are outside the scope of this site.


Above: showing the light blue stripes on the 007 Escort

Above: the James Bond 007 and blisterpack

Above: a World Cup Rally Escort showing the front 'roo' bars.

Above: FEV 5H the actual World Cup Rally Ford Escort.

Above: the Daily Mirror World Cup Rally Ford Escort

Above: an Escort in its early blue blisterpack

Above:an Escort fitted with a rare white interior

Above: an Escort fitted with a rare yellow interior

Above: a Ford Escort in a later red blistercard

Above: the ford Escort was also sold as part of the 3025 Transporter gift set

Brazilian issue Ford Escorts by Kiko, No.8 "Radio Taxi" - yellow,
No.19 "Hollywood" Rally Car - white,

#923, 007 Ford Escort (R)
code number
body colour
labels
interior colour
wheels
c/w sticker set
code 1
white
#7, blue stripes
red
hot foiled 11x5mm 5 spokes
no

#927 World Cup Rally Ford Escort (R)
code number
body colour
labels
interior colour
wheels
c/w sticker set
code 1
white
#8 on black spot
red
hot foiled 11x5mm 5 spokes
yes

#63 Rally Ford Escort (CJ)
code number
body colour
labels
interior colour
wheels
c/w sticker set
baseplate
code 1
metallic blue
#32
red
hot foiled 11x5mm 5 spokes
yes
press fit
code 2
metallic blue
#32
red
hot foiled 11x5mm 5 spokes
yes
riveted
code 3
metallic blue
#32
red
hot foiled 11x5mm 5 spokes
no
riveted
code 4
metallic blue
#32
yellow
hot foiled 11x5mm 5 spokes
no
riveted
code 5
metallic blue
#32
yellow
hot foiled 11x5mm 10 slots
no
riveted
code 6
metallic blue
#32
white
hot foiled 11x5mm 10 slots
no
riveted
code 7
metallic blue
#32
white
hot foiled 11x5mm 5 spokes
no
riveted

Values based on Vectis + ebay actual selling prices.
prices for mint models in blister pack, the value for uncarded models is approximately 1/3
007 Rally Escort = £200
World CupRally Escort = £100
Rally Escort, red seats in red blue or orange blistercard= £40
Rally Escort, red seats in in long white blistercard= £70
Rally Escort, white or yellow seats = £60