Benbros Mighty Midgets
No.35 Army Land Rover
Benbros continued the Mighty Midget Land Rover models with an Army version which had the same body and base castings as the previous No.34 AA Road Service Land Rover but without anything cast on the sides. In some ways this was a missed opportunity because adding, say, 'Military Police' would have been little more difficult than having plain sides. Interestingly, the picture on the Mighty Midget box appears to show an insignia on the side so perhaps it was originally intended.
No.35 Army Land Rover was a functional but not particularly exciting model but of interest to collectors because Benbros produced it in three distinct shades of green, and some models also carried a 'regimental' decal square.
The first Army Land Rovers were painted a glossy olive-green which included the base, nail-head & crimped axles and large metal wheels. Silver trim was added to the front grille and bumper but on this version there was no decal.
The next colour was a gloss green model, again with silver trim on the front, and this time Benbros added a red & yellow square decal on the rear tailgate. Benbros used two sizes of red/yellow decals with the small one being used on the green model.
The final variations of No.35 Army Land Rover were army-green in a matt finish. This actually varied from matt to semi-matt but all had silver trim and carried a decal, although models are known where this was omitted, probably due to factory mistakes. There were two types of decal used, a large red & yellow square on the rear tailgate or a small dark-blue & yellow square on the front.
No.35 Army Land Rover is not widely found but there are sufficient variations to make it interesting to collectors. Although scarce, it does not have a high valuation.
Variation 1 : olive-green, no decal
Benbros No.35 Army Land Rover
All models had Mighty Midget boxes
(1) GLOSS OLIVE-GREEN NO decal pmw
(2) GLOSS GREEN small RED/YELLOW decal at rear pmw
(3) MATT ARMY-GREEN large RED/YELLOW decal at rear pmw
(4) MATT ARMY-GREEN small BLUE/YELLOW decal at front pmw
Estimated Price Guide
(MINT models in MINT boxes)
All variations : £25-45
Variation 2 : gloss green, small rear red/yellow decal
Variation 3 : matt green, large rear red/yellow decal
Variation 4 : matt green, front blue/yellow decal
Benbros No.35 Army Land Rover : colours & front decal
Benbros No.35 Army Land Rover : colours & rear decals
Benbros No.35 Army Land Rover: base detail