Benbros TV Series & Mighty Midgets

No.19 Tractor & Trailer

Benbros Mighty Midget 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.

Benbros TV Series No.19 Tractor & Trailer
Benbros TV Series No.19 Tractor & Trailer

Variation 1 : Orange Tractor without seat, Green trailer, umw, TV3 box

Benbros TV Series No.19 Tractor & Trailer
Benbros TV Series No.19 Tractor & Trailer

Variation 2 : Orange Tractor with seat, Green Trailer, umw, TV3 box

Benbros No.19 Tractor & Trailer

Variations

 

(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

Benbros Mighty Midget No.19 Tractor & Trailer

Variation 3 : Yellow tractor, Green trailer

Benbros Mighty Midget No.19 Tractor & Trailer

Variation 4 : Yellow tractor, mid-red trailer, umw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.19 Tractor & Trailer

Variation 5 : Yellow tractor, dark-red trailer, bpw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.19 Tractor & Trailer

Variation 6 : Lemon-yellow tractor, dark-red trailer, bpw

Benbros No.19 Tractor & Trailer - with and without seats

Orange tractors : no seat (left), with seat (right)

Benbros No.19 Tractor & Trailer
Benbros No.19 Tractor & Trailer

Yellow tractors : no identification (left), with identification (right)

Benbros No.19 Tractor & Trailer Mighty Midget box

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Abbreviations used on Nicholas Martin Diecast

   

  • umw - unpainted metal wheels

  • pmw - painted metal wheels

  • pw    - plastic wheels

  • gpw  - grey plastic wheels

  • spw  - silver plastic wheels

  • bpw  - black plastic wheels

  • um    - unpainted metal

  • id.     - maker's identification

 

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