Benbros Qualitoys

225 Sunderland Dropside Wagon

Benbros Qualitoys Sunderland Wagon
Benbros Qualitoys Sunderland Wagon

Variation 2

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Benbros Qualitoys Sunderland Wagon
Benbros Qualitoys Sunderland Wagon

Variation 3: metallic-green, olive-green pmw, type 2 box

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Benbros Qualitoys Sunderland Wagon
Benbros Qualitoys Sunderland Wagon

Variation 2: red cab (without silver trim), green body, red pmw

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Benbros made several models based on the ex-Timpo AEC cab & chassis and called this version 225 Sunderland Wagon, but a better description would have been AEC Dropside Lorry.

 

The 'Sunderland' name was not an AEC one but derived from the Timpo model which promoted the Vaux Brewery based in the town of Sunderland. Benbros left the name on the sides of the cab but added 'Benbros', 'Qualitoy', and 'Made in England' underneath the chassis when they removed the Timpo name.

 

The 'Sunderland' models had the cab and chassis as one casting with a small unmarked base rivetted under the cab to help provide strength and to hold the front axle. Benbros did not use the original Timpo body casting but created a new multi-model flat-bed for the AEC range. For the dropside model, two long side sections and an opening tailgate were added.

 

The body fitted into the back of the cab with a bullet-shaped tab and was rivetted onto the chassis at the rear of the model. At the rear the opening tailgate hinged with a clip-fit system at the bottom corners with two little tabs on each of the top corners which fitted into slots on the side sections. To open the tailgate, it could be lifted and swung down, and closed by reversing the process but oddly, when shut, there remained a little gap between the tailgate and the flat-bed floor.

 

The most common variation of the Sunderland Wagon had a red cab & chassis with silver trim on the grille, headlights and number plate, and a mid-blue dropside body. Three types of wheels were used on this colour variation, red painted metal, red plastic, and unpainted metal wheels with large hubs more commonly used for Zebra Toys.

 

Benbros also issued a variation with red cab and a pale-green body, sometimes without silver trim, with red painted wheels or red plastic ones. The last variation was an all-over metallic green model with silver trim and olive-green painted metal wheels.

 

The primary box for the Sunderland Wagon was a multi-model yellow one covering numbers 220 to 228 with illustrations on all four sides and the Benbros emblem on both end-flaps. The model inside was identified by having number and/or name stamped or written on a panel at one end. The boxes provide the only evidence of numbers for the AEC models.

Later Benbros used the pictorial multi-model boxes created mainly for the ex-Timpo articulated toys. The illustrations did not include the Sunderland Wagon but the model was identified by the name stamped on one end-flap. 

 

The Sunderland Dropside Wagon is quite a scarce model and boxed mint examples are rare.

Variation 1: Red cab/chassis, mid-blue body, red pmw

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Variation 1 with unpainted metal wheels and large hub-covers, yellow type 1 box

Benbros Qualitoys 225 Sunderland Wagon

 

Variations

 

  • 1)  RED cab/chassis                            MID-BLUE body                RED pmw/pw/umw   Multi-model box

 

  • 2)  RED cab/chassis                           PALE-GREEN body           RED  pmw/pw           Multi-model box

 

  • 3)  METALLIC-GREEN cab/chassis   METALLIC-GREEN body   GREEN pmw             Multi-model box

Benbros Qualitoys Sunderland Wagon
Benbros Qualitoys Sunderland Wagon

Variation 2: Red cab/chassis, pale green body, red pmw

Benbros Qualitoys Sunderland Wagon
Benbros Qualitoys Sunderland Wagon

Variation 3: Metallic green, olive-green pmw, with type 2 box

Tailgate closed & open

Yellow type 1 box illustration

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