Benbros Mighty Midgets

No.40 Ford Convertible

Benbros Mighty Midget No.40 Ford Convertible

In 1957 Benbros added a third American car to the Mighty Midget range by creating No.40 Ford Convertible, the other two being No.16b Chervrolet Nomad Station Wagon and No.18 Hudson  Hornet 'Hollywood' Tourer.  The Ford model was based on the 1956 Ford Fairlane Sunliner Convertible with the soft-top down. 

 

Like the others, No.40 was a one piece casting with a separate base either clipped or rivetted together. The body included the windscreen and had detailed moulding for the seats and the distinctive side stripe among other features. It was painted in a variety of colours with silver trim added to the large front grille, headlights, rear tail-lights and usually to the windsceen frame.

 

The base of No.40 Ford Convertible was the same as the earlier No.18 Hudson Tourer and like it had two types, both including front and rear bumpers with overriders and both holding the axles. The first type was a clip-fit base with open-ended bumpers but these were easily breakable so when the rivetted type 2 base was introduced Benbros added strengtheners. There were two rivets, one behind each axle. 'Benbros Qualitoy Made in England' was cast on both type bases and overall they measured 61mm in length.

 

The first issue of No.40 Ford Convertible was a mid-blue colour and was fitted with type 1 base and large metal wheels on nail-head & crimped axles. This was joined by a yellow variation and then a red one, both with similar bases and wheels. 

 

The change to the type 2 base happened early on because pale-blue, yellow, and red models appeared with the new base and were then joined by a mid-green variation, all with large unpainted metal wheels on nail-head or round-head & crimped axles.

 

At about this time, Benbros became keen on producing models with chrome-plated finish and No.40 Ford Convertible had three variations, two with red seats and trim and one with blue. To complete the 'jazz' effect, the red trimmed models had a blue or red base and painted metal wheels whilst the blue trimmed version had a red base and wheels.

 

The final group of Ford Convertibles was fitted with black plastic wheels on round-head axles. Colours included blue and red models, both slightly darker than earlier ones, and a new colour of beige, all with silver trim and unpainted type 2 bases.

 

No.40 Ford Convertible is a scarce model. The blue version with black plastic wheels is possibly the most frequently found with the chrome-plated Fords the rarest but all variations, especially mint examples, are very hard to find.

Benbros Mighty Midget No.40 Ford Convertible
Benbros Mighty Midget No.40 Ford Convertible

Variation 1 : mid-blue, type 1 base, umw

Benbros No.40 Ford Convertible

Variations

 

All models had Mighty Midget boxes

 

(1) MID- BLUE                                            Type 1 unpainted base     umw

 

(2) YELLOW                                                Type 1 unpainted base     umw

 

(3) RED                                                        Type 1 unpainted base     umw

 

(4) PALE-BLUE                                            Type 2 unpainted base     umw

 

(5) YELLOW                                                Type 2 unpainted base      umw

 

(6) RED                                                        Type 2 unpainted base     umw

 

(7) GREEN                                                   Type 2 unpainted base     umw

 

(8) CHROME-PLATED    RED seats/trim     Type 2 BLUE base           pmw

 

(9) CHROME-PLATED    RED seats/trim     Type 2 RED base             pmw

 

(10) CHROME-PLATED  BLUE seats/trim   Type 2 RED base             pmw

 

(11) BLUE                                                     Type 2 unpainted base     bpw

 

(12) RED                                                       Type 2 unpainted base     bpw

 

(13) BEIGE                                                    Type 2 unpainted base    bpw

Estimated Price Guide

(MINT models in MINT boxes)

 

All variations except chrome-plated : £40-80+

(8) (9) (10) : £50-70

Benbros Mighty Midget No.40 Ford Convertible

Variation 4: pale-blue, type 2 base, umw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.40 Ford Convertible

Variation 5: yellow, type 2 base, umw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.40 Ford Convertible

Variation 6: red, type 2 base, umw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.40 Ford Convertible

Variation 11: blue, type 2 base, bpw

Benbros Mighty Midget No.40 Ford Convertible

Variation 13: beige, type 2 base, bpw

Benbros No.40 Ford Convertible

Benbros No.40 Ford Convertible : some of the colour variations

Benbros No.40 Ford Convertible - wheels

Benbros No.40 Ford Convertible : wheels

Benbros No.40 Ford Convertible - bases

Type 1 base (left), type 2 base (right)

Benbros No.40 Ford Convertible 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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