Benbros Zebra Toys
(20) Bedford Cattle Transporter
For the Cattle Transporter Benbros returned to a scale similar to the first Zebra Toys models and based it on the versatile Bedford 'S' type lorry. It was a neat model with good play value.
Benbros may have designed the Cattle Transporter with a plan to make more models using the Bedford because the cab and chassis section was a single casting onto which a variety of different bodies could have been fitted. As it turned out, the Cattle Transporter was the only Bedford Zebra Toy.
There was no base to the open cab and no windows but it was a good likeness to the real Bedford vehicle. The chassis had a smooth floor because the body was cast without one. The two parts fitted together by a rear tab and clip-fit clamp behind the cab. A third section provided a three-quarter height metal ramp at the rear which was hinged at the base.
The first issue of the Cattle Truck had a red cab & chassis (with silver trim on the grille and bumper) and jewelled headlights, a beige body and ramp with red 'Cattle Transporter' decals on each side, and unpainted metal wheels with black treaded tyres. 'Cattle Transporter', 'Zebra Toys', and 'Made in England' were cast underneath the chassis but on this model no number.
Later the colour of the body and ramp was changed to tan and the wheels were switched to blue or yellow plastic.
The Cattle Transporter had the usual black & white Zebra Toys box with an illustration of the vehicle on both faces. The orange end-flaps carried the number '20'.
Most of the Zebra Toys are scarce or rare but the Cattle Transporter is perhaps one of the less difficult models to find.
Variation 1: red cab/chassis, beige body/ramp, unpainted metal wheels
Benbros Zebra Toys Cattle Transporter
1) RED cab/chassis BEIGE body & ramp unpainted metal wheels
2) RED cab/chassis TAN body & ramp BLUE plastic wheels
3) RED cab/chassis TAN body & ramp YELLOW plastic wheels