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Bedford

Manufactured by Vauxhall Motors, England.
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Bedford was a subsidiary of Vauxhall Motors, itself the British subsidiary of General Motors (GM), established in 1930 and constructing commercial vehicles.


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History.
Bedford was a leading international truck manufacturer with substantial export sales of light medium and heavy trucks throughout the world. It was GM Europe's most profitable venture for several years.

Prior to 1925 General Motors assembled in Brazilian trucks manufactured at their Canadian works. This enabled them to import vehicles into Britain under Imperial Preference, which favoured products from the British Empire as far as import duties were concerned. Such trucks were marketed as "British Chevrolet". After GM took ownership of Vauxhall Motors production was transferred from Hendon to Luton, Vauxhall's headquarters, production commencing there in 1929.

1930s.
The AC and LQ Models were produced at Luton from 1929 to 1931, and styled as the "Chevrolet Bedford", taking the name from the county town of Bedfordshire, in which Luton is located. The AC was bodied as a light van (12cwt.) and the LQ in a wide variety of roles, including a lorry, ambulance, van and bus versions. The name "Chevrolet" was dropped and the first Bedford was produced in April 1931.

Mid 1939 saw a complete revamp of Bedfords, with only the HC van continuing in production.

Production of the new range ceased, apart from a few examples made for essential civilian duties, when Bedford went onto a war footing. Production resumed in 1945.

Bedford supplied numerous trucks and tanks to the Soviet Union during World War II.

A radical departure from Bedford's design norms came in October 1939 with the development of a four-wheel drive, forward control lorry which entered service in March 1941 as the QL, quickly nicknamed the "Queen Lizzie".

The 1950s also saw the launch of the popular S type trucks,the so-called Big Bedfords which brought Bedford into the 7 ton range.

(text source: Wikipedia)


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Bedford license plate holder.

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bedford chassis plate

Bedford chassis plate.

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Bedford Ambulance crest. Bedford used the Griffin logo of Vauxhall Motors, derived from the heraldic crest of Fulk le Briante, who was granted the Manor of Luton by King John. By marriage he acquired property in London, known as Fulk's Hall, which over time came to be the locality of Vauxhall, the original home of Vauxhall Motors. The griffin returned to Luton in 1903 when Vauxhall Motors moved there.

BEDFORD BROCHURES
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1965 "A Car for All Seasons, A Car for All Reasons: Bedford Beagle" catalog.

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1956 Bedford Plaxton Consort Bus brochure.

BEDFORD POSTERS
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1960 Bedford Heavy Duty Truck poster.

LINKS
VBOA   The official Vauxhall Motors recognised coordinating body for clubs catering for owners and enthusiasts of Vauxhall, Bedford and Opel vehicles in the UK.
 
 
COMMENTS
Jan van Geffen3124 days ago

Hello,

does anyone know where i can buy a bedford chassis plate, like in the picture above?

thank you!

Andres Tobreluts2943 days ago

i nead betford kdsc1 breaks parts

courtney ayres2809 days ago

we have this old bedford ute its about 1943 we think we are trying to figure out wat year it is

seamus o'kane2636 days ago

hi i am looking for a chassis number plate like the one on this site the bedford made in loton england it is 4 down model engine chassis no thanks

Dirk Wester2460 days ago

hello my name is Dirk and I'm from Germany
I'm looking nsch papers from a car called Vauxhall Griffon
Who can help me?
Please log in if they know something
under Wester.dirk @ web.de
Many times already, thanks.
MFG Dirk

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