Benbros Mighty Midgets

No.33 Breakdown Lorry

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The last of the AEC/Bedford models in the Benbros Mighty Midgets was No.33 Breakdown Lorry. This was a more complicated item involving two separate castings for the body and the crane as well as a third for the cab/chassis section. The crane was a nicely detailed molding but instead of a hook it had a ball.

 

As previously, the AEC version appeared first and Benbros gave it a multi-coloured look with an orange cab & chassis, bright green body and a yellow crane. There was no silver trim on the front or the 'hook' of the crane and the wheels were unpainted metal on flat-head & crimped axles.

 

Two more multi-coloured variations of the AEC followed, both with metallic paint on the cabs and chassis. One was green with a red body and yellow crane without silver trim, and the second was metallic brown with a similar red body and yellow crane, and this variation probably had silver trim on grille, headlights and crane 'hook'.

 

Assembling multi-coloured models must have been difficult with each casting having to be seperately painted before assembly so eventually this was abandoned in favour of single colour models.

 

The last AEC variations were painted metallic green or metallic blue, both with silver trim. At first it seems that these had the paint applied over previous colours and the metal wheels but this soon changed so that most metallic AEC models were issued with unpainted metal wheels.

 

When the Bedford version of No.33 Breakdown Lorry appeared they too were single colour models but Benbros added several extra colours making at least eight variations. The first were green with silver trim (on the cab only), beige with red trim including 'hook', orange-red with full silver trim, and bright red with full silver trim, all variations having unpainted metal wheels on round-head & crimped axles.

 

The last five Bedford variations of No.33 Breakdown Lorry all had black plastic wheels on a variety of axles, nail-head or flat-head & crimped, or on the yellow variation very rare push-fit axles. The colours were bright red, orange, cream, blue, metallic blue, yellow, and a final run of dark-red or crimson, all with silver trim on grille, headlights, bumper and 'hook'.

 

On the Mighty Midget box for No.33 Breakdown Lorry, the illustration appears to show a Foden cab similar to No.23 Delivery Van but it seems unlikely that a Foden model was intended.

 

Although models of No.33 turn up at auction from time to time, it is usually the metallic painted AEC versions with unpainted metal wheels which are most common. The metallic ones with painted wheels are rare. Other AEC variations, especially the multi-coloured ones, are scarce. All the Bedfords are scarce or rare, and the yellow model with bpw and push-fit axles is very rare.

Benbros Mighty Midget No.33 Breakdown Lorry
Benbros Mighty Midget No.33 Breakdown Lorry

AEC variation 1: orange cab/chassis, green body, yellow crane

Benbros Mighty Midget No.33 Breakdown Lorry
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Benbros Mighty Midget No.33 Breakdown Lorry

AEC Variation 2: met.green cab, red body, yellow crane, no trim, umw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.33 Breakdown Lorry

AEC variation 4 : metallic green (overpainted), pmw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.33 Breakdown Lorry

AEC variation 6 : metallic blue (overpainted), pmw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.33 Breakdown Lorry

AEC variation 5 : metallic green, umw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.33 AEC Breakdown Lorry

AEC variation 7 : metallic blue, umw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.33 AEC Breakdown Lorry

Benbros No.33 Breakdown Lorry : some AEC colour variations

Benbros No.33 Breakdown Lorry

Variations

 

All models had Mighty Midget boxes

 

AEC

 

(1) ORANGE cab/chassis            GREEN body    YELLOW crane   NO trim       umw

 

(2) MET. GREEN cab/chassis      RED body         YELLOW crane   NO trim       umw

(3) MET. BROWN cab/chassis     RED body         YELLOW crane   silver trim     umw

(4) MET. GREEN cab/chassis/body/crane                                         silver trim     pmw

 

(5) MET. GREEN cab/chassis/body/crane                                         silver trim     umw

(6) MET. BLUE cab/chassis/body/crane                                             silver trim     pmw

 

(7) MET. BLUE cab/chassis/body/crane                                             silver trim     umw

 

BEDFORD

 

(1) GREEN                      silver trim       umw

 

(2) BEIGE                        RED trim        umw

 

(3) ORANGE-RED           silver trim       umw

 

(4) BRIGHT RED             silver trim       umw

 

(5) BRIGHT RED             silver trim       bpw

 

(6) ORANGE                   silver trim        bpw

 

(7) METALLIC BLUE       silver trim        bpw

   

(8) CREAM                      silver trim        bpw

 

(9) YELLOW                    silver trim        bpw (push-fit axles)

 

(10) BLUE                        silver trim        bpw

 

(11) DARK-RED              silver trim         bpw

Estimated Price Guide

(MINT models in MINT boxes)

 

AEC (1) (2) (3) (4) (6) : £60-100+

AEC  (5) (7) : £35-45

BEDFORD (all variations) : £55-90+

Benbros Mighty Midget No.33 Beakdown Truck

BEDFORD variation 1 : green, umw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.33 Breakdown Lorry

BEDFORD variation 2 : beige, red trim, umw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.33 Bedford Breakdown Lorry
Benbros Mighty Midget No.33 Breakdown Lorry

BEDFORD variation 3 : orange-red, umw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.33 Breakdown Lorry - bright red Bedford variation

BEDFORD variation 4: bright red, umw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.33 Breakdown Truck

BEDFORD variation 6: orange, bpw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.33 Breakdown Lorry

BEDFORD variation 7 : metallic blue, bpw

photo Robert Newson

BEDFORD variation 9 : yellow, bpw, push-fit axles

Benbros Mighty Midget No.33 Breakdown Lorry

BEDFORD variation 10 : blue, bpw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.33 Breakdown Lorry

BEDFORD variation 11 : dark-red, bpw

Benbros No.33 Breakdown Lorry - Bedfords

Benbros No.33 Breakdown Lorry : some BEDFORD colour variations

Benbros No.33 Breakdown Lorry - 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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