220 AEC Flat Truck with Chains
From the old Timpo dies Benbros created a group of models based on an AEC truck. The first was an Army version (A106) but it was soon followed by four more including No.220 Flat Truck with Chains.
The 'Sunderland' casting on each side of the cab related to the original Timpo model which promoted Vaux Breweries which were based in the town of Sunderland. Benbros re-issued the AEC cab & chassis largely unchanged although 'Benbros', 'Qualitoy' and 'Made in England' were added to the underside of the chassis to eliminate the former Timpo name.
For some reason Benbros did not make use of the ex-Timpo flat-bed die but instead created a new multi-model body casting which was used on all their AEC models. For the Chain Lorry, four chain stantions were separately cast and fitted onto the flat-bed. The whole body section was then slotted into the back of the cab with a bullet-shaped tab and rivetted in place at the rear. The chain was secured on each side at the front but was otherwise loose fitting.
No.220 was issued in three different colour combinations but the cab, chassis and base were always red, usually with silver trim on grille, lights and bumper The body was either mid-blue, pale green or beige, and the 'six-bolt' wheels red or blue painted metal, or later red plastic.
The number 220 given to The Flat Truck with Chains was not part of a general numbering system but indicated that it was in a group of eight other commercial-style models designated numbers 220-228. None of the models carried numbers but one of the shared boxes included them alongside the model names, and this is the only reference we have.
The Chain Lorry had two boxes, the first a yellow one with eight models pictured with names and numbers (for details see Qualitoys 226 Petrol Tanker). The second box was shared with Articulated models, the Petrol Tanker, and Delivery Van, but the Chain Truck was not illustrated. This box had no numbers but one of the end-flaps carried the printed name of the model inside, in this case "Flat Truck/Chains".
No.220 is not a common model and good examples are scarce. The beige variation is rare.
Benbros Qualitoys 220 AEC Flat Truck with Chains
1) RED cab/chassis BLUE body metal chain RED pmw/pw Multi-model box
2) RED cab/chassis BEIGE body metal chain BLUE pmw Multi-model box
3) RED cab/chassis PALE-GREEN body metal chain RED pmw/pw Multi-model box