Released in the mid 1960s, during the peak of the popularity of “The Avengers” television series, Corgi’s Gift Set 40 was a delightful tribute to this iconic spy-fi show. The set contained two die-cast models, each representing a vehicle used in the series by the dapper John Steed and the stylish Mrs. Peel. We take a look at the The Avengers Corgi Toys Gift Set 40 and include some prices of sold items.
The set consisted of two vehicles that encapsulated the essence of “The Avengers” series with remarkable precision. First, the red 1927 Bentley, while not an exact replica of the 4 1/2-liter Bentley driven by John Steed, exuded a timeless elegance and sophistication, complete with its black mudguards and silver or gold spoked wheels. The attention to detail in its design was evident, down to the bowler-hatted driver figure that was a nod to Steed’s iconic style.
Accompanying the Bentley was Emma Peel’s Lotus Elan S2, a faithful recreation that featured intricate details such as an opening bonnet, tipping seats, and sliding windows. Although the colour differed from the show’s powder blue version, this was forgivable given the challenges of black-and-white television production.
Adding to the charm of the set, the Bentley featured a bowler-hatted driver, reminiscent of John Steed, while Mrs. Peel was represented by a free-standing figure dressed in white. The set included three of Steed’s iconic umbrellas which can often be missing in sets. The set also comes in a rarer green Bentley example.
The box features the words:
CORGI TOYS JOHN STEED’S VINTAGE BENTLEY & EMMA PEEL’S LOTUS ELAN S 2
Reproduction boxes can be bought which are great for those with loose vehicles. Just beware when buying boxes. Replacement umbrellas can also be bought.
Price Guide / Value Guide
From the example of realised prices shown there is a large variance in value of The Avengers Corgi Toys Gift Set 40 depending on condition. The variation with the green Bentley is more valuable than the more common red edition.