Benbros TV Series & Mighty Midgets

No.31 Covered Truck

Benbros Mighty Midget No.31 Covered Truck

Benbros used the AEC and Bedford cab & chassis castings as the basis for three more additions to the Mighty Midgets with No.31 Covered Truck being the next. Representing a canvas tilt over a dropside lorry, the body included a lot more detail than the earlier Delivery Van (No.23).

 

The AEC version was issued before the Bedford variation appeared and was painted metallic green with silver trim on grille and headlights. The wheels were unpainted metal on nail-head & crimped axles which continued on all the AEC variations. 'Benbros' and 'Made in England' were cast under the chassis.

 

After the first issue, the AEC shared at least three colours with the Bedford Covered Trucks, metallic blue, red (or orange-red) and mid-blue, so they were probably in production together. Silver trim continued to be applied although it was sometimes omitted on metallic blue AEC models.

 

With the Bedford cab & chassis, Benbros gave No.31 Covered Truck a bit more colour variety. The first version was metallic blue with unpainted metal wheels (round-head & crimped axles) with silver trim on grille, bumper and occaisionally the headlights.

Next there was a red or orange-red Bedford variation with similar wheels and trim, and then a run of darker or crimson-red models.

 

The Bedford version was also the only Covered Truck to be painted beige. Two versions of this were produced, the first with red trim and unpainted metal wheels, the second with silver trim and black plastic wheels.

 

The final Bedford model was a blue version (similar colour to the last AEC truck) with black plastic wheels.

 

No.31 Covered Truck was probably not very popular in its day because it is quite hard to find except for the red AEC. All the Bedfords are scarce but the beige and blue versions with black plastic wheels are rare.  

Benbros Mighty Midget No.31 Covered Truck
Benbros Mighty Midget No.31 Covered Truck

AEC Variation 1 : metallic green, umw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.31 Covered Truck

AEC Variation 2 : metallic blue, umw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.31 Covered Truck

AEC Variation 3 : red, umw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.31 Covered Truck
Benbros Mighty Midget No.31 Covered Truck

AEC Variation 4 : blue, umw

Benbros No.31 Covered Truck - AEC colours

Benbros No.31 Covered Truck : AEC colours

Benbros No.31 Covered Truck - AEC, metallic blue

AEC metallic blue - with & without silver trim

Benbros No.31 Covered Truck

Variations

 

All models had Mighty Midget boxes

 

AEC

  • (1) METALLIC GREEN      umw

  • (2) METALLIC BLUE         umw

  • (3) RED                                umw

  • (4) BLUE                              umw

 

BEDFORD

  • (1) METALLIC BLUE           umw

  • (2) RED                                  umw

  • (3) CRIMSON-RED             umw

  • (4) BEIGE    RED  trim        umw

  • (5) BEIGE    SILVER trim    bpw

  • (6) BLUE                                 bpw

Estimated Price Guide

(MINT models in MINT boxes)

 

AEC (1) (2) (3) : £20-40

AEC (4) : £70-80

BEDFORD (1) (2) (3) : £35-55

BEDFORD (4) : £40-60

BEDFORD (5) (6) : £70-90+

Benbros Mighty Midget No.31 Covered Truck

Bedford Variation 1 : metallic blue, umw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.31 Covered Truck

Bedford Variation 2 : red, umw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.31 Covered Truck

Bedford Variation 3 : crimson-red, umw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.31 Covered Truck

Bedford Variation 4 : Beige, red trim, umw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.31 Covered Truck

Bedford Variation 5 : Beige, silver trim, bpw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.31 Covered Truck

Bedford variation 6: Blue, bpw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.31 Bedford Covered Truck

Bedford : red (left), crimson-red (right)

Benbros No.31 Covered Truck - box

Nicholas Martin Diecast

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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

  • umw - unpainted metal wheels

  • id.     - maker's identification

 

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Benbros No.31 Covered Truck AEC variation 4 (blue)