Benbros Qualitoys

AA Road Service Land Rover

When the Automobile Association in the late 1950's introduced Land Rover Patrols to augment their existing Motorcycles, several toymakers added models to their collections. The Qualitoys version which Benbros created was possibly one of the best.

 

Benbros had already added Army and Royal Mail Land Rovers to the Qualitoys range so creating the AA version only needed a new roof section with 'AA Road Service' cast on each side and a roof sign.

 

The body of the model was one casting without a base and included the two seated figures (except their heads which were seperately cast). There was also good detail inside the rear compartment to represent toolboxes and equipment. 'Benbros Qualitoy' and 'Made in England' were cast underneath and the number-plate 'TML 448' was included at front and rear. The model had separately cast side doors, a rear tail-lift and a tailgate all of which opened.

 

The roof, windscreen and sides of the model were another single casting which slotted onto the body with pegs at the four bottom corners. At the front of the roof a separate sign was fitted and in the centre a 'spring' aerial was added.

 

The entire model was painted yellow, the colour of all AA vehicles, with the paint later brushed off the raised writing and AA signs and number plates. All variations had a black bumper at the front and some had a glossy black roof added. Inside, the faces of the figures were brightened with pink or light tan face trim and yellow caps.

 

Both metal and plastic 6-bolt wheels were used on the AA Land Rover, always coloured yellow, and fixed directly onto the body with round-head & crimped axles. Tyres were chunky treaded ones including the spare on the bonnet.

 

For the AA Land Rover, Benbros created a special box generously promoting the AA logo current at that time and with illustrations on all four sides showing a vehicle with black front wings and a black roof, a colour combination which Benbros is not thought to have actually issued. 

 

The AA Land Rover is a scarce model and hard to find without parts missing.

Benbros Qualitoys AA Road Service Land Rover

Benbros Qualitoys AA Road Service Land Rover

 

Variations

 

1)  YELLOW body/roof/doors/sign/figures/wheels   GREY trim   BLACK bumper                spring aerial     AA box

  

2)  YELLOW body/doors/sign/figures/wheels          GREY trim   BLACK bumper (+roof?)   spring aerial     AA box    

Benbros Qualitoy AA Road Service Land Rover
Benbros Qualitoys AA Road Service Land Rover
Benbros Qualitoys AA Road Service Land Rover

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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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