Lot 191 - 1961 Bedford J.O. Pick-Up
|Estimate||£43,000 - £47,000|
- Full nut and bolt restoration
- 10th J.O. off the production line
- £75,000 restoration cost
Bedford Vehicles, usually shortened to just Bedford, was produced by Vauxhall Motors which was ultimately owned by General Motors. Established in 1930 and constructing commercial vehicles, Bedford Vehicles was a leading international truck brand, with substantial export sales of light, medium, and heavy trucks throughout the world. It was GM Europe's most profitable venture for several years. Perhaps the major event of the 1950's was the transfer of all non-car based commercial vehicle manufacture to the former Vauxhall shadow factory at Boscombe Road, Dunstable. Bedford's Dunstable plant, dating originally from 1942, was extensively rebuilt and extended between 1955 and 1957 when all production lines were said to be over a mile long. Subsequently, all commercial vehicle manufacture would be concentrated here with only vans and car based commercials remaining at the Luton plant. The Bedford TJ was first manufactured in 1958 and was an updated version of the TD range. The TJ was available in the United Kingdom up until 1975, after 1975 it was manufactured only for export. Production continued until 1986, after that it was manufactured by AWD into the early 1990s. Petrol and diesel engines were available; the lightest (J.O. designation) could be specified with the 2.6 litre straight six petrol engine from the Vauxhall Cresta. TJs were not large sellers within the UK, it is thought some 5,000 J.0.'s were manufactured with a mere 20 remaining in the UK.
This fantastic example of this rare ‘commercial’ vehicle has just been the subject of a full frame off, nut and bolt restoration costing an eye watering £75,000 of which £15,000 was spent on the paint job alone! Being the 10th off the production line, with paperwork authenticating, this makes this particular pick-up very desirable and probably one of the finest and oldest on the market today. The exterior colours of metallic red with red/beige interior are just two of the vehicle’s highlights. It really does have to be seen to be appreciated.
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