Benbros TV Series & Mighty Midgets
No.19 Tractor & Trailer
The last of the Tractor 'sets' in the Benbros TV Series was No.19 Tractor & Trailer, the others being No.10 Bulldozer, No.11 Tractor & Hay Rake, and No.17 Tractor & Harrow. Like these the first version of No.19 had an orange tractor with green tracks and silver trim on the engine and grille without an apparent seat for the driver. Benbros soon recast this to include a seat for the remaining models.
The Trailer in the first issue was a low-level green model with unpainted metal wheels, the underside of which was quite smooth without identification, unusual for Benbros. It was a single casting including the towbar which attached to the little hook at the rear of the tractor. The set came in a numbered TV Series box (TV3).
At about this time Benbros was switching all models into the Mighty Midget range and the tractor colour changed to deep yellow for the new box but kept the same green trailer. There was still no identification on the tractor or trailer.
Next, the trailer had a colour change to red which later became a darker crimson-red. The wheels remained metal but eventually were replaced by black plastic when the change to darker red happened. The axles for all the trailer versions were nail-head & crimped.
The third change to the Tractor saw the addition of identification in the form of 'Benbros Made in England' cast on the left side above the rear roller and beneath the mudguard. It was not easily seen behind the green track. These versions were painted a more lemon-yellow colour and often had a lot of scarf and infil around the driver from the poor casting.
No.19 Tractor & Trailer is fairly easy to find in nice condition but the first issue TV3 box is rare and the red trailers are more scarce than the green ones.
Variation 1 : Orange Tractor without seat, Green trailer, umw, TV3 box
Variation 2 : Orange Tractor with seat, Green Trailer, umw, TV3 box
Benbros No.19 Tractor & Trailer
(1) ORANGE Tractor without seat no id. GREEN Trailer with umw TV3 box
(2) ORANGE Tractor with seat no id. GREEN Trailer with umw TV3 box
(3) YELLOW Tractor no id. GREEN Trailer with umw MM box
(4) YELLOW Tractor no id. RED Trailer with umw MM box
(5) YELLOW Tractor no id. DARK-RED Trailer with bpw MM box
(6) LEMON-YELLOW Tractor with id. DARK-RED Trailer with bpw MM box
Estimated Price Guide
(MINT models in MINT boxes)
(1) (2) £50-60
All other variations : £30-50
Variation 3 : Yellow tractor, Green trailer
Variation 4 : Yellow tractor, mid-red trailer, umw
Variation 5 : Yellow tractor, dark-red trailer, bpw
Variation 6 : Lemon-yellow tractor, dark-red trailer, bpw
Orange tractors : no seat (left), with seat (right)
Yellow tractors : no identification (left), with identification (right)