During the 1930s the British Army approached the British motor industry with requirements for a lightweight truck. By 1935 Commer had produced 2 prototypes and after a very short Army trial an order for nearly 500 vehicles was placed for a vehicle that became known as the Beetle, a light weight Army work horse conceived long before the Land Rover was invented. It took Britains a further five years to produce their own version of the model, which they made both pre & post war making a big difference to the model value, below are the subtle differences:

Pre war version

Khaki matt paint finish

Solid lead

White solid rubber tyres

Cabin tilt & door screens in lighter khaki paint shade to simulate canvas

No windscreen or side windows

No tow hook

Hood/tilt with 2 removable rectangular rear viewing slits

Moulded leather style front seats

Driver wearing shrapnel helmet

4 spoke steering wheel in unpainted lead

Vertical radiator with 2 silver painted headlights

Front bumper only, painted cream

2 bench seats moulded into the rear

Underside modelling includes exhaust pipe & transmission


Post war version

Darker gloss green paint finish

Black plastic tyres

Rear moulded floor looks simulating timber

Tow hook


Post war it continued with the reference no.1877 but was incorporated into Set no. 2048 along with a Trailer (no. 2041) and 25 Pounder Gun (no. 2026)