Lot 409 - 1951 Bedford O Type Box Lorry
|Odometer reading||2,272 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £12,000|
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 1951 Bedford K Type Box Lorry was purchased in 2013 by a company specializing in renting vehicles for film and TV productions, where reliability is of the upmost importance, hence before it went out on set it was fully checked through and now starts first time, every time. Purchased as it is now with the box van back and at that time the interior had been converted to be a motor home which they removed. This Bedford K Type is in superb condition finished in blue with blue interior to the cab and is supplied with a V5C registration document and a MoT exemption certificate. Lorries of this period are increasingly becoming harder to find and it is very rare to find one in this condition and could easily be converted back to a mobile home, office or workshop.
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