Lot 306 - 1966 Bedford CA Flatbed Lorry
|Estimate||£1,500 - £2,500|
|Result||Sold - £2,240|
1952 saw the launch of the Bedford CA light commercial, a range of vans and pick-ups similar in concept and size to (although pre-dating) the Ford Transit of 1965. These were semi-forward control, having a short bonnet with the rear of the engine protruding into the cab. Engines were the Vauxhall-based 1,508cc OHV in-line four petrol engine, with the option of a Perkins 4/99 or 4/108 diesel engine later on. Performance was adequate for the time, a maximum speed of 60 miles per hour being attainable with the petrol engine, and offering fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon. The van initially featured a three-speed column gearchange, changing later to a four-speed column change. The CA was a huge seller both at home and in various overseas markets. The standard panel van was available in short- and long-wheelbase forms, and was also sold just as a cab and chassis and became a popular basis for ice-cream vans, ambulances and camper vans. Known affectionately as 'The Tilley', the CA enjoyed a very long production span, with only minor tweaks throughout its life, including the replacement of the two piece windscreen of earlier models with a single sheet, Production ended in 1969.
This 1966 Bedford CA was purchased by the vendor in 2013 to be used in the new 'Paddington' film about the friendly bear from Peru with the voice of Colin Firth and starring Nicole Kidman. After changing the colour and checking through the engine, gearbox and all the other mechanics on the flatbed it was sent on set knowing that it would be reliable. This Bedford CA, finished in red with a wooden flatbed and side panels, is supplied with a V5C registration document and MoT test certificate which expires in April 2015. A useable classic lorry which could be converted for a number of different uses, e.g. a classic car transporter.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.