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Saturday 17 March 2018

1959 BEDFORD CA CAMPERVAN - Brightwells Auctions Affordable Classics Sale Wednesday 21st March 2018 Bicester Heritage. (OX26 5HA)

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Brightwells Auctions
Affordable Classics Sale
Wednesday 21st March 2018
Bicester Heritage. (OX26 5HA)


Colour: Blue and White
Registration Number: RKW 401
Chassis No.: CAV126583
Engine Size: 1,507 cc
Engine No.: 126650
No Reserve

Established in 1930, Bedford Vehicles was a subsidiary of Vauxhall Motors (itself the British subsidiary of General Motors) that was dedicated to the production of commercial vehicles.
A key part of the GM Europe operation, the Bedford brand proved hugely popular and their range of lorries and light commercial vehicles established an enviable reputation for sturdiness and reliability. The CA range of light commercials was launched in 1952 and proved so successful that it remained in production right up until 1969.
With a distinctive pug-nosed front end and a goldfish-bowl windscreen, the CA was generally supplied as a light delivery van but was also sold in chassis cab form for conversion into a light truck. Early models had a 52bhp 1.5-litre engine but from 1964 this was replaced by a more powerful 1.6-litre unit from the Vauxhall Victor FB. Allied to a three- or four-speed gearbox this gave the CA a top speed of around 70mph.
They were popular with customers who bought them to avoid the punitive Purchase Tax levied on conventional cars. Vans were exempt, and after a period of time, an owner could convert their own van by fitting side-windows and rear seats themselves, making a practical MPV at a fraction of the cost of an equivalent Estate car – what a different world it was.
This Bedford Camper dates from 1959 and looks to have been a home conversion at some time in the distant past. It was quite an ambitious job as it incorporates a pop-top and quite a few home comforts, although now needs a major renovation although the engine turns freely.
There is no V5C supplied with the vehicle, although there is a sheaf of hand-written notes which detail lots of attention in the early '80s, a handbook and a letter which confirms that it started life as a Workabus. Its number is recognised on the DVLA computer so its new owner will be able to apply for a duplicate V5C in the usual way.

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