HC delivery van. 1938-1948

JC delivery van. 1939-1948

PC delivery van. 1948-1952

ASYC delivery van. 1933-1939

CA delivery van. 1952-1969

BYC delivery van. 1937

CF Bedford 1983

CA campervan.

HA (Viva) Van.

Astra Van 1985

Bedford Beagle Estate.

Bedford History

Time-line of Light-Commercial Vehicles

1929- 1931- AC and LQ “Chevrolet Bedford” vehicles produced. Start of Depression.

1931 Production of the first “Bedford” began at the Vauxhall Motors plant in Luton, Bedfordshire.

1931 W series trucks (WHG and WLG-longer) and buses (WHG and WLG)

1932 WS 15cwt lorry

1932- 1934 VYC 12cwt light delivery van from 17hp VY Cadet chassis

1932- 1934 VXC 12cwt light delivery van from 26hp VX Cadet chassis

1933- 1939 ASYC 8cwt 6cyl. 12Hp, 1531cc, 4-speed synchro, 12v, delivery van

1933- 1939 ASXC 8cwt 14hp delivery van based on the Light Six saloon

1934- 1940 BYC – VYC with upgraded engine

1934- 1940 BXC – VXC with upgraded engine

1937 Vauxhall became Britain's first company to introduce the monocoque (integral) chassis.

1938- 1946 HC 10hp, 5/6 cwt van – based on Vauxhall 10 car, but with standard chassis

1939- 1948 JC 12hp, 10/12 cwt van – Based on the J model car.

1946- 1948 HC upgraded to 12hp

1947 Bedford production reached half a million

1948- 1952 PC 12hp, 10/12 cwt, 1440cc, L Wyvern mechanicals, change to column gear-shift.

12 volt electrical system. Few external difference from the JC other than different grill pattern on the bonnet sides. PCV - van, PCZ - chassis only

1952- 1969 CA 10/121508cc, 60mph, 25mpg.

Opt. 4/99 Perkins diesel, initially 3-sp column change.

Initial two-piece windscreen later later replaced as a single glass.

Available in short and long-base vans, or chassis cowl/cab options. Customised often as ice-cream vans, ambulances and camper vans.

1963- 1983 HA 6cwt(HAE) & 8cwt(HAD), 1057cc, Bedford based on the Vauxhall HA car

1964- 1973 Bedford Beagle -an estate car conversion or the HA saloon, based on the van

1969- 1987 CF

Lighter plus heavier wheelbase versions – latter with longer wheelbase and dual rear tyre.1599cc and 1760cc (diesel) / 1975cc 2523cc (diesel) for heavier models

1972 CF Petrol engine sizes uprated to 1759cc & 2279cc

1972- HA -10cwt (HAV)version added

1977 CF Diesel engine changed to a GM 2064cc unit.

1980 Facelift to entire CF range

1983- Astravan (replaced HA)

1984 CF2 – replaced CF range

1987 July CF Production ceased

NOTE: This information has been compiled from various sources. If you spot any errors, or can offer any additions, please contact the Webmaster.

The Svenska Vauxhall Register have an excellent series of illustrations of most Bedford vehicles.

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