Benbros Zebra Toys
(52) RAC Motorcycle Patrol
Benbros Zebra Toys RAC Motorcycle Patrol
BLACK m'cycle/umw WHITE plastic screen BLUE sidecar/small umw RAC decals BLUE plastic rider
For Zebra Toys, Benbros created new versions of the popular Qualitoys AA (Automobile Association) and RAC (Royal Automobile Club) Motorcycle Patrols. Both used a new motorcycle casting with steering forks which was based on a Triumph bike.
Several features of the motorcycle are interesting. It was painted gloss-black without any silver trim. On each side of the fuel tank 'Triumph' was cast and on the number-plates 'ENT 303' was added front and rear. The screen on the RAC Patrol was white or cream-coloured plastic and it fitted over the headlight. The rider was also plastic, in this case bright blue with pink face and black goggles. The moulding of the rider's legs had two 'pegs' on the inside to secure him to the motorcycle.
The all-new streamlined sidecar was blue with blue top bars and an opening lid. 'RAC' logo decals were added to the front the rear. It was secured to the bike by a long rear axle and a front pin, both of them inside blue coupling rods. Interestingly, because the sidecar wheel was small it had a separate axle so the rear coupling of the sidecar to the bike did not run the full width. Underneath 'RAC Patrol', 'Zebra Toys' and 'Made in England' were cast. There was no number.
The RAC Patrol had unpainted spoked wheels with black tyres on the motorcycle and a small metal wheel and tyre on the sidecar similar to those used on early models in the Zebra Toys range. This wheel had a separate axle and housing underneath the sidecar and a moulded mudguard of its own.
The RAC Patrol had the usual black & white striped Zebra Toys box with illustrations on both faces. The orange end-flaps included the number '52'.
As it was issued not long before Benbros ceased trading, the Zebra Toys RAC Motorcycle Patrol had only a short run and is now a rare model.