Lot 307 - 1955 Bedford S Type Flatbed Lorry
|Estimate||£4,000 - £6,000|
|Result||Sold - £3,584|
The 1950's saw the launch of the popular Bedford S type trucks, the so-called Big Bedford's, which brought the company into the seven tonne range. The S series was immortalised in RL form (a four-wheel drive, high ground-clearance version), as the 'Green Goddess' emergency fire tender, used by the British Army. In 2008, as part of a rationalisation a large quantity of Green Goddesses were withdrawn from service and offered for sale within the private sector. Several have found new homes in African countries that lack a developed fire-fighting service, such as Kenya. These vehicles were available in rigid and tractor units, with either petrol or diesel engines. The UK military were a huge customer for Bedford RLs using a 4.9 litre straight six petrol engine. Many RL's found their way into the armed forces of Commonwealth countries and later into civilian use. Alongside the S series trucks, the SB bus was released in 1950, and immediately became a big seller around the world, as well as in the United Kingdom. The SB chassis was also used as a basis for specialised vehicles, such as mobile libraries, fire engines, and civil defence control units. The largest fleet of SB buses in the world belonged to New Zealand Railways Road Services, with 1,280 SB buses built between 1954 and 1987.The Bedford TK range replaced the S type in 1959, but the RL continued in production until 1969, when it was replaced by the M type.
This 1955 Bedford S type flat bed lorry is fitted with a six cylinder petrol engine. Supplied new to the Ministry of Defence where it remained until 1989 when it was sold into the private sector. The lorry underwent a complete restoration and participated in commercial rallies for several years. In the mid nineties, this S type was sold to Dave Lawrence of Staffordshire who repainted the lorry in his livery and was seen at many commercial vehicle rallies around the country. The vendor purchased this lorry in around 2000 and added it to his collection of commercial trucks and it has, since then, had very little use. This lorry is supplied with a V5 registration document and a current tax disc which expires in July 2012. Interested parties should note that commercial vehicles which are built before 1960 which are being used for solely private use do not require a MoT test certificate.
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