Lot 308 - 1954 Bedford A Type Flat Bed Lorry
|Estimate||£6,000 - £8,000|
Bedford was a subsidiary company of Vauxhall Motors which was the provider of commercial vehicles for the UK and export markets. The origins of Vauxhall Motors can be traced to 1857 when Alexander Wilson founded the Vauxhall Iron Works in Wandsworth Road, Vauxhall, London. Vauxhall Motors moved to Luton in 1905 and in November 1925 Vauxhall was acquired by General Motors. During World War II production of civilian vehicles was suspended, and Vauxhall was given the task of building the Churchill tanks. Production resumed after the war using the tried and trusted K, M and O types introduced in 1939, and these gave way in 1951 to the new S type and later its 4x4 relative, the R type. This was chosen by the Armed Forces and was to be the standard 4 tonne truck for many years. Another milestone in 1955 was the opening of the Dunstable truck plant. Normal trucks were not neglected with the A type appearing in 1953 and followed by the D and J types. These were still being sold for export well into the seventies when British trucks were virtually all forward control types.
This 1954 Bedford A type is fitted with a six cylinder petrol engine and finished in the striking livery of the yellow and red of S & SA Underwood Transport Company of Northampton. Restored in the 1990's this flatbed A type was purchased by the vendor around 2002 and placed into his collection of commercial vehicles, although not used very much in the last ten years, this lorry is ready to be taken on the any of the commercial rallies that are on around the country. Supplied here with a V5 registration document and a current tax disc which expires in July 2012. Please note that commercial vehicles which are built before 1960 and are used solely for private use do not require a MoT test certificate.
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