Benbros Qualitoys

224 Articulated Petrol Lorry

Dating from 1947 as one of the original Timpo Toys models, Benbros re-issued the Articulated Petrol Tanker without change except to the wheels. Timpo did not include id. on either the cab or trailer so there was nothing to blank out. Benbros called it 'Articulator Petrol Lorry'.


The cab was the same as that used on other articulated Qualitoys and could be coloured red (various shades), orange, green or pale green with silver trim on the front bumper, grille, and sometimes on the headlights. Early models had all-metal wheels painted black but fairly soon they were replaced by painted 6-bolt metal in yellow, red, orange, green or blue with black tyres.


The tanker trailer was a solid one-piece hollow casting painted inside and out onto which the axle was directly clipped. An internal cylinder at the front provided the coupling method.


As with the cab, wheels were all-metal painted black to start with but most trailers had painted metal wheels with black tyres. The colours of the trailer wheels were often different from those on the cabs.


Benbros produced several variations of the trailer using different colours and decals. The green variations seem to have been unadorned but the red trailers had either 'United Dairies' or 'Shell' decals, and the yellow and metallic green trailers carried an 'Esso' decal. The was only one applied to each model and it could be on either side although the left side was more usual. 


No.224 Articluated Petrol Lorry shared two types of multi-model boxes with other numbered models, the first with large pictures on the sides, the second a yellow box with various models illustrated and given name and number, the only reference there is to numbers (see Qualitoys Petrol Tanker). The red end-flaps carried the Benbros Qualitoys 'crest' and at one end a blank panel for the model name to be added.


The Articulated Tanker is quite scarce and good examples with undamaged decals are rare. 

Benbros Qualitoy Articulated Petrol Tanker


Benbros Qualitoys Articulated Petrol Lorry

Variation 2: Green cab, red trailer, 'United Dairies' decal on left side, black pmw

Benbros Qualitoys 224 Articulated Petrol Lorry



All models were sold in multi-model 'Qualitoy' boxes


1)  RED cab                        GREEN trailer                       no decal                              BLACK all-metal wheels

2)  GREEN cab                   RED trailer                            'UNITED DAIRIES' decal    BLACK all-metal wheels

3)  GREEN cab                   RED trailer                            'UNITED DAIRIES' decal    coloured pmw/black tyres


4)  RED or ORANGE cab   GREEN trailer                        no decal                             coloured pmw/black tyres


5)  RED or ORANGE cab   YELLOW trailer                     'ESSO' decal                       coloured pmw/black tyres


6)  RED cab                        METALLIC GREEN trailer    'ESSO' decal                        coloured pmw/black tyres


7)  GREEN cab                   RED trailer                            'SHELL' decal                      coloured pmw/black tyres

Benbros Qualitoys Articulated Petrol Lorry
Benbros Qualitoys Articulated Petrol Tanker

Variation 5: Red cab, yellow trailer, 'Esso' decal on left side, painted 6-bolt metal wheels

photos David Elliott

Benbros Qualitoys Articulated Petrol Tanker
Benbros Qualitoys Articulated Petrol Lorry

Variation 6: Red cab, metallic green trailer, 'Esso' decal on right side, painted metal wheels

Benbros Qualitoys Articulated Petrol Lorry

Variation 6 with type 2 box showing id.stamp on end-flap

Benbros Qualitoys Articulated Petrol Tanker

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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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Benbros Qualitoys Articulated Tanker

Red cab, yellow trailer, 'Esso' decal, pmw