Bedford was a subsidiary of Vauxhall Motors, itself the British subsidiary of General Motors (GM), established in 1930 and constructing commercial vehicles.
During the war production of civilian vehicles was suspended, as it was with many other firms. The British Army had lost many of its tanks at Dunkirk, and Vauxhall was given the task of building the Churchill, which was completed from drawing board to proving trials in fewer than 3 months. There was other production in the form of MW and OY types, with a modified tractor adapted by Scammell. Bedford brought out the QL 4x4 for military use, the most numerous British marques.
Nelson's Bedford van, Odel, Libby and Natasha
CF vans were classic vehicles to rival the Fords of the day, with just a
hint of the parent GM's influence in design - hence the 'A' team. I
owned one of the twin wheel jobs with the slant four engine and could
tell you a tale or two about this versatile machine. See a picture of my
wagon above with my Grandmother, Auntie and cousin Natasha in the
In 1986 the Bedford van factory in Luton was reorganised as a joint venture with Isuzu. The resulting company IBC Vehicles produced a European version of the Isuzu MU Wizard called the Frontera and a range of Renault-designed vans sold under GM's Vauxhall and Opel brand names.
Bedford pick-up truck
In 1998 GM bought Isuzu out of the IBC partnership. The plant now operates as GMM Luton Vehicles, and produces the Vauxhall/Opel Vivaro, Renault Trafic and Nissan Primastar.
On vans the Bedford name was discontinued in 1990 in favour of Vauxhall.
The Bedford trucks site was sold to David Brown in 1987 and the new trucks business was named AWD Trucks. AWD Trucks went bankrupt in 1992 and was bought by Marshall of Cambridge.
List of products produced at Bedford / IBC Vehicles Luton
Bedford 5 ton truck 1932
Very approximately in size order
Vauxhall models (some also sold as Opels and other GM brands)
The Bedford OXA was a British improvised armoured vehicle built during World War II by mounting an armoured body onto a Bedford OXD 1.5 ton truck chassis. 948 units were built in 1940-1941. The vehicle was used by British Home Guard units until 1942.
Bedford OXA armoured vehicle
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