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 unpainted metal on nail-head & crimped axles.

 

The early Bedfords were also yellow with silver trim and unpainted metal wheels but on round-head & crimped axles. Then finally a beige version appeared with red trim, or occaisionally with silver trim, both with 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 are not uncommon but other variations are scarce. The metallic brown/yellow AEC and the beige Bedfords are rare. 

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 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 with NO trim    YELLOW compressor with SILVER trim    umw

 

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

BEDFORD

 

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

 

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

 

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

Estimated Price Guide

(MINT models in MINT boxes)

 

AEC  (1) : £50-70

AEC  (2) : £20-30

BEDFORD (1) : £40-50

BEDFORD (2) (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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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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