1959 Bedford Panel
91 cid, I-4, 52 bhp

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The Bedford CA is a pug-nosed light commercial vehicle produced between 1952 and 1969 by Vauxhall Motors.  It was manufactured in short-wheelbase and long-wheelbase forms.  This light delivery van had sliding doors.  It was also available as chassis and cowl in which custom bodywork could be added.  One such custom bodied Bedford was the Dormobile, a camper van conversion.  In 1958 the two-piece flat windscreen was replaced with a curved one-piece windscreen. The split grille was also replaced with a one-piece grille, painted the body color. This unique van was powered by a 1.5 liter, inline 4 cylinder overhead valve engine with a 3 speed transmission and rear-wheel drive. This engine extends back into the passenger compartment, covered by a removable cowling, giving the vehicle its pug-nosed look.


  • Produced between 1956 and 1969
  • Built in Britain by Vauxhall
  • Engine derived from Chevrolet’s “stovebolt” six
  • Vauxhall is wholly owned subsidiary of GM since 1925