No.12 Scout Car was the first of four Army vehicles in the Benbros TV Series, the others being No.13 Austin Champ, No.14 Tank, and No.23 Field Gun. These were the only models of actual military vehicles which Benbros made, the later army additions to the Mighty Midget range being repainted versions of earlier non-military models.
Sometimes the casting standard of Benbros miniatures was indifferent but with the Scout Car it was impressively accurate with the two halves being rivetted together very cleanly. The result was a neat model of the real vehicle, believed to be the Daimler Dingo.
On the underside 'Benbros' and 'Made in England' were included and there was a neat hole for the separate driver. The wheels were large metal on round-head and crimped axles and as it was a military vehicle, the entire model including the driver was painted one colour, a glossy olive-green. The length was 62mm.
Boxed in a TV Series pack with a large number on the picture (TV3), the Scout Car did not change at first when included in the Mighty Midget range and continued to include a separate driver even when later the colour was changed to dark-green.
However, the separate little driver was easily lost so eventually the Scout Car was re-designed with a cast-in driver and painted matt or glossy dark-green.
Finding the Scout Car is not too hard but as the late model with cast-in driver was mostly sent overseas, these are quite scarce in the UK.
Benbros No.12 Scout Car
(1) Glossy OLIVE-GREEN separate driver TV3 (or later MM box)
(2) Matt DARK-GREEN separate driver MM box
(3) Matt or glossy DARK-GREEN cast-in driver MM box
Estimated Price Guide
(MINT models in MINT boxes)
All variations £15-30
Rear view : olive-green & matt dark-green