Miniature Curbside Classic: Chevrolet Caprice By Corgi

What do you get when a British toy manufacturer decides to make a scale version of what is arguably GM’s best family car since the 1964 Chevelle or 1955-57 Chevrolet? Miniature B-body goodness, of course.

Growing up in the 1980s, and being a car nut, I got quite a few Corgi models from my parents and grandparents. I especially remember my Jaguar XJ-S, Matra Rancho, ’57 T-Bird and Peugeot 505. For whatever reason, though, I never got a Caprice. I didn’t even know it existed until my dad got me a book on Corgi Toys and I finally saw one (and a bunch of other Corgis that I didn’t know about and suddenly just had to acquire, but that’s another story).

Thanks to good old ebay, I finally got one. While Corgi issued the Caprice in the expected taxi, police and racing versions, what I really wanted was the stock four door sedan, and I got one. It is modeled on the 1979 Caprice Classic, and has opening doors and trunk lid. I think it looks especially good with its medium green paint, dark green bench seating, and whitewalls.

Starting in the mid-Seventies, Corgi made their models in a larger scale, closer to 1/36 than 1/43. As a result, this Caprice dwarfs the 1960s Corgis in my collection. That makes it no less cool though.