Benbros TV Series & Mighty Midgets

No.18 Hudson Tourer

Benbros Mighty Midget No.18 Hudson Tourer

No.18 Hudson Tourer was the second American model in the TV Series & Mighty Midgets. As Benbros started to expand their sales to the United States, Australia and other overseas markets, there was an increasing need to include models for the new buyers. It was also evident that, unlike Matchbox and the Morestone 'Esso' series, Benbros did not yet have a saloon car in the TV Series.

 

The Hudson Tourer (based on the hard-top version of the Hudson Hornet 'Hollywood') was created to fill the gap and although it was given the number 18, it was issued before No.16b Chevrolet Nomad Station Wagon. People have remarked that the Hudson was not the best model Benbros designed, nor was it an easy vehicle to model with its unusual wide screen and low-slung style, but to make up for it, Benbros painted the Hudson in a wide range of colours.

 

The first colours chosen reflected the fashion in America during the 1950's for bright pastel-shaded cars with white-wall tyres, and so pink, yellow and turquoise with white painted metal wheels were used by Benbros for the early models. Silver trim was added to the front grille, headlights, and rear fins. The base was painted white and carried the first appearance of 'Qualitoy', the Benbros logo used for both miniature and large scale diecast models. The usual 'Benbros' name and 'Made in England' were also included. Length of the Hudson was 61mm.

 

Later metallic blue and red colours were added, initially with white bases and wheels but at about this time the painted wheels and bases were dropped in favour of unpainted ones. The metallic blue variation (shades varied) had small unpainted metal wheels at first but soon all models were fitted with larger wheels.

 

New colours of pale green and mid-blue (shades varied) were also introduced before the next change to the Hudson. The early models had a clip-fit base which was easily identified by the lack of reinforcement to the outer ends of the front and rear bumpers. This was now replaced by a rivetted base with strengthening infill on the bumpers.

 

The mid-blue Hudson had both types of base fitted during its life but Benbros continued to introduce more colours including a beige version with red trim, and two chrome-plated ones with either a red roof and blue base and matching painted wheels or a blue roof and red base/wheels.  The final colour was an orange model which was fitted with black plastic wheels or the rare (for Benbros) silver plastic wheels. On this model silver trim was only applied to the grille.

 

All three types of wheels in different sizes and colours were used on the Hudson Tourer. Early models were fitted with small metal wheels painted white on nail-head and crimped axles. These were replaced by larger unpainted metal wheels on flat-head and crimped axles which were fitted to both the first and second type bases. The large metal wheels were also used for the painted wheels of the chrome-plated cars. Finally, black plastic wheels were used on the mid-blue and orange models, with a short run of silver plastic wheels on the last orange issue.

 

The Hudson appeared initially in a TV box with large number (TV3) but it is very rare, perhaps one of the rarest TV boxes, as Mighty Midget boxes were being brought in at the time.

 

No.18 Hudson Tourer has plenty of collecting interest due to the large number of variations. It was a popular model and so some versions are fairly easy to find especially the orange one with bpw. However, the early colours and the last model with silver plastic wheels are scarce or rare. 

Benbros Mighty Midget No.18 Hudson Tourer

Variation 1 : pink with silver trim, white base and pmw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.18 Hudson Tourer

Variation 2: turquoise, white pmw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.18 Hudson Tourer

Variation 3 : yellow, white pmw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.18 Hudson Tourer

Variation 4 : red, white base & small pmw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.18 Hudson Tourer

Variation 5 : metallic blue, pmw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.18 Hudson Tourer

Var. 6: metallic blue, small umw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.18 Hudson Tourer

Variation 8 : red, 1st base, umw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.18 Hudson Tourer

Variation 9 : mid-blue, 1st base

Benbros No.18 Hudson Tourer

Variations

 

(1) PINK                       silver trim             small WHITE pmw   WHITE 1st base         TV3 or MM box

 

(2) TURQUOISE          silver trim             small WHITE pmw   WHITE 1st base         TV3 or MM box

 

(3) YELLOW                silver trim             small WHITE pmw   WHITE 1st base         TV3 or MM box

 

(4) RED                       silver trim             small WHITE pmw   WHITE 1st base          MM box

 

(5) METALLIC BLUE   silver trim             small WHITE pmw   WHITE 1st base          MM box

 

(6) METALLIC BLUE   silver trim             small umw                 unpainted 1st base    MM box

 

(7) METALLIC BLUE   silver trim             large umw                  unpainted 1st base   MM box

 

(8) RED                       silver trim             large umw                  unpainted 1st base    MM box

 

(9) MID-BLUE             silver trim              large umw                 unpainted 1st base    MM box

 

(10) PALE GREEN     silver trim              large umw                  unpainted 1st base    MM box

 

(11) MID-BLUE           silver trim              large umw                  unpainted 2nd base   MM bo

 

(12) BEIGE                 RED trim               large umw                  unpainted 2nd base   MM box

 

(13) MID-BLUE           silver trim              bpw                            unpainted  2nd base   MM box

 

(14) CHROME            RED roof & trim    BLUE pmw                 BLUE 2nd base          MM box

 

(15) CHROME            BLUE roof             RED pmw                   RED 2nd base            MM box

 

(16) ORANGE             silver trim (grille)   bpw                             unpainted 2nd base   MM box

 

(17) ORANGE             silver trim (grille)   silver plastic wheels    unpainted 2nd base   MM box

Estimated Price Guide

(MINT models in MINT boxes)

 

(1 - 3) in TV boxes £80+

(1 -15) & (17) in MM boxes £30-60+

(16) £20-30

Benbros Mighty Midget No.18 Hudson Tourer

Variation 10: pale green, 1st base

Benbros Mighty Midget No.18 Hudson Tourer

Variation 11: mid-blue, 2nd base

Benbros Mighty Midget No.18 Hudson Tourer

Variation 13 : mid-blue, bpw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.18 Hudson Tourer

Variation 14: red roof, blue pmw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.18 Hudson Tourer

Variation 15: blue roof, red pmw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.18 Hudson Tourer

Variation 16 : orange, bpw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.18 Hudson Tourer

Variation 17 : orange, spw

Benbros No.18 Hudson Tourer - bases & wheels

Base and wheel variations

type 1 base (l-r) small pmw, large umw

type 2 base (l-r) blue pmw, spw, bpw

Benbros No.18 Hudson Tourer
Benbros No.18 Hudson Tourer Mighty Midget box

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Abbreviations used on Nicholas Martin Diecast

   

  • bpw  - black plastic wheels

  • pmw - painted metal wheels

  • pw    - plastic wheels

  • spw  - silver plastic wheels

  • um    - unpainted metal

  • umw - unpainted metal wheels

  • id.     - maker's identification

 

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