Benbros Mighty Midgets

No.32 Compressor Wagon

Benbros Mighty Midget No.32 Compressor Wagon

Benbros continued the Mighty midget range with another model based on the AEC and Bedford cab & chassis castings to create No.32 Compressor Wagon. 

 

The Compressor body was a one-piece casting rivetted onto the chassis with the radiator grille at the rear. The same body was used for both AEC and Bedford cabs. 

 

Neither the AEC nor Bedford versions of No.32 Compressor Wagon had much variety and there were no structural changes. The AEC appeared at first in metallic brown (without trim) carrying a yellow compressor (with silver trim) but this was very soon replaced by an all-yellow model with silver trim on both cab and compressor.

 

The wheels were mostly unpainted metal on nail-head & crimped axles but one AEC variation had yellow painted metal wheels on round-head and crimped yellow painted axles.  

The Bedfords were also yellow with silver trim and unpainted metal wheels on round-head & crimped axles but then, along with several other Mighty Midget models, a beige version was issued with red trim, or occaisionally silver trim, both variations having unpainted metal wheels. There was no upgrade to black plastic wheels.

 

One of the features of No.32 Compressor Wagon was the extensive use of trim on the engine parts and as this was applied by hand, wide variations occurred on its appearance. This was especially true of the yellow AEC versions

 

Quite which model Benbros had in mind when the Mighty Midget box for No.32 Compressor Wagon was designed is unclear because the picture shows a Foden cab on a four wheel vehicle which Benbros never actually made. 

 

The yellow AEC models of the Compressor with unpainted wheels are not uncommon but other variations are scarce. The metallic brown/yellow AEC is probably the rarest. 

Benbros Mighty Midget No.32 Compressor Wagon - metallic brown
Benbros Mighty Midget No.32 Compressor Wagon

AEC variation 1 : metallic brown with yellow compressor

Benbros Mighty Midget No.32 Compressor Wagon
Benbros Mighty Midget No.32 Compressor Wagon

AEC variation 2 : yellow

Benbros Mighty Midget No.32 Compressor Wagon - yellow including wheels

AEC variation 3: yellow, silver trim, yellow painted metal wheels

Benbros No.32 Compressor Wagon

AEC : variations of silver trim on compressor

Benbros No.32 Compressor Wagon

Variations

 

All models had Mighty Midget boxes

 

AEC

 

(1) METALLIC BROWN cab/chassis/NO trim   YELLOW compressor/SILVER trim   umw

 

(2) YELLOW cab/chassis/SILVER trim             YELLOW compressor/SILVER trim   umw

(3) YELLOW cab/chassis/SILVER trim             YELLOW compressor/SILVER trim   YELLOW pmw

BEDFORD

 

(1) YELLOW cab/chassis/SILVER trim              YELLOW compressor/SILVER trim    umw

 

(2) BEIGE cab/chassis/RED trim                       BEIGE compressor/RED trim             umw

 

(3) BEIGE cab/chassis/SILVER trim                  BEIGE compressor/SILVER trim        umw

Estimated Price Guide

(MINT models in MINT boxes)

 

AEC  (1) (3): £50-70

AEC  (2) : £20-30

BEDFORD (1) (2) : £40-50

BEDFORD (3) : £50-80 

Benbros Mighty Midget No.32 Compressor Wagon

Bedford variation 1 : yellow, silver trim

Benbros Mighty Midget No.32 Compressor Wagon
Benbros Mighty Midget No.32 Compressor Wagon

Bedford variation 2 : beige, red trim

Benbros No.32 Compressor Wagon - Bedford

Bedfords : silver and red trim

Benbros No.32 Compressor Wagon - Mighty Midget box

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