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Bedford

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February 1915. Bedford-Buick ambulance.
1950. Bedford KZ Ambulance. Reg No: JXX 917.
April 1951.

Bedford were manufacturers of commercial vehicles from 1931 to 1992.

General

Bedford Vehicles, usually shortened to just Bedford, was a subsidiary of Vauxhall Motors, itself the British subsidiary of General Motors (GM).

1925 General Motors took over Vauxhall and began assembling Chevrolet trucks, first at Hendon and then at Luton

The Luton-built 30cwt Chevrolet U types sold well and in 1930 branded them as Chevrolet Bedford

1931 Launched the W type as a Bedford model

Buses

See Bedford: Buses

Cars

See Bedford: Cars

Fire Appliances

See Bedford: Fire Appliances

Lorries

See Bedford: Lorries

Military

See Bedford: Military

Vans

See Bedford: Vans

See Also

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Sources of Information

  • British Lorries 1900-1992 by S. W. Stevens-Stratten. Pub. Ian Allen Publishing
  • Ian Allan - British Buses Since 1900 - Aldridge and Morris