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. The body was either mid-blue, pale green or beige, and the wheels red or blue painted metal or red plastic.
The number 220 given to The Flat Truck with Chains was not part of a wider system but indicated that it shared an illustrated box with eight other commercial-style models which were designated numbers 220-228. As none of the models carried numbers on them, the box is the only reference we have of model names and numbers. For box details see Qualitoys 226 Petrol Tanker.
No.220 is not a common model and good examples are scarce.
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
Variation 1: Red cab/chassis, blue body, red pmw, box with model name on end-flap
Variation 3: Red cab/chassis, pale green body, red pmw