Benbros Qualitoys

220 AEC Flat Truck with Chains

Benbros Qualitoys Flat Truck with Chains
Benbros Qualitoys Flat Truck with Chains

Variation 3: Red & green, red pmw, type 2 box with id.

Benbros Qualitoys Flat Truck with Chains
Benbros Qualitoys Flat Truck with Chains

Variation 1: red & blue, blue pmw

Benbros Qualitoy Flat Truck w.Chains
Benbros Qualitoy Flat Truck w.Chains

Benbros Qualitoys Flat Truck with Chains
Benbros Qualitoys Flat Truck with Chains

Variation 3: Red & green, red pmw, type 2 box with id.

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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 bright blue at first, then beige followed by pale-green, and finally blue again in a slightly darker shade. The 'six-bolt' wheels were red or blue painted metal, or later when plastic wheels were used, red or yellow, all having black treaded tyres.

 

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 Flat Truck with Chains - red & blue model with blue wheels

Variation 1: Red & blue, blue pmw

Benbros Qualitoy Flat Truck with Chains - red & green variation

Variation 3: Red & green, red pmw, type 2 box

Benbros Qualitoys 220 AEC Flat Truck with Chains

 

Variations

All variations were sold in Multi-model boxes

 

1)  RED cab/chassis    BLUE body        metal chain    RED or BLUE pmw

 

2)  RED cab/chassis    BEIGE body      metal chain    BLUE pmw

3)  RED cab/chassis    GREEN body    metal chain    RED pmw

4)  RED cab/chassis    BLUE body        metal chain    RED or YELLOW pw

Benbros Qualitoys Flat Truck with Chains - red & blue variation
Benbros Qualitoys Flat Truck with Chains

Variation 4: Red & blue, red plastic wheels

Type 2 box with end-flap id.

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