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Bedford CA Van.
Launched in 1952, the CA set new standards for a light van. It was powered by the Vauxhall Wyvern 4-cylinder 1508cc engine or a Perkins diesel unit. Its semi forward control design is attributed to David Jones. The CA was available in two lengths and rated at 10 cwt, 12 cwt or 15cwt, and chassis-cab versions were offered for coachbuilt bodies. The CA was given a one-piece windscreen from 1958, and in 1964 the CA MkII was given a deep windscreen and deeper door windows as well as the 1594cc ohv engine from the Vauxhall Victor. In 1969 the CA Van was replaced by the all new Bedford CF.
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Bedford CA MkIb Romany - wing badge

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Bedford CA MkIb Utilabrake - wing badge

Bedford CA MkI front 1956
Bedford CA MkI Van. Launched in 1952, the CA set new standards for a light van. It was powered by the Wyvern 4-cylinder 1508cc engine

Bedford CA MkI front Dormobile
Bedford CA MkI Dormobile, Martin Walter almost invented the MPV by making "family friendly" conversions of British Vans. Adding beds and cookers to the vans was the next step and the 'Dormobile' was invented (and became the name for Martin Walter).

Bedford CA MkI rear 1956
Bedford CA Van. The CA was available in long and short wheelbase versions. Nearly all had sliding front doors

Bedford CA MkI rear Dormobile
Bedford CA MkI Dormobile, Martin Walter's conversion of a Bedford CA van for camping. The "Dormobile" was long associated with Bedford but in fact started with pre War conversions on Ford Vans

Bedford CA MkIb front Dormobile
Bedford CA MkIb Dormobile. In 1958 the Bedford CA was lrevised with a one-piece windscreen and changed grille.

Bedford CA MkIb front Romany 1960
Bedford CA MkIb Romany. This early Dormobile Romany does not have the vestigal wings which later Romanies sprouted

Bedford CA MkIb front Romany 1964
Bedford CA MkIb Romany. The Romany by Dormobile was one of the company's most succesful camper van conversions on the Bedford CA

Bedford CA MkIb front Utilabrake
Bedford CA MkIb Utilabrake. Another conversion by Martin Walter (Dormobile) on a long wheelbase Bedford CA. Unlike the Workobus, the seats in the Utilabrake face forward and are cushioned.

Bedford CA MkIb front Workobus
Bedford CA MkIb Workobus. Martin Walter (Dormobile) provided a Workobus conversion to the CA Van, giving it side windows and wooden bench seating along the sides in the rear of the vehicle. This is a short wheelbase van.

Bedford CA MkIb rear Romany 1964
Bedford CA MkIb Romany. This conversion is based on the long wheel base CA (see longer front doors). Dormobile has given this one vestigal wings and louvred rear windows

Bedford CA MkIb rear Utilabrake
Bedford CA MkIb Utilabrake.

Bedford CA MkII front Debonair 1967
Bedford CA MkII Dormobile Debonair. The Debonair was introduced in 1965 on the MkII Bedford CA. The new large windscreen fitted well with Dormobile's coachwork and the whole vehicle was more spacious.

Bedford CA MkII front Debonair
Bedford CA MkII Dormobile Debonair. Based on the large windscreen 1964 revision, the Debonair was a coachbuilt motorhome on the CA chassis

Bedford CA MkII front Dormobile Ambulance
Bedford CA MkII Dormobile Ambulance

Bedford CA MkII front Ice Cream Van
Bedford CA MkII Ice Cream Van. This is probably a conversion by Morrison Whitby

Bedford CA MkII rear Dormobile Ambulance
Bedford CA Dormobile Ambulance

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Bedford CA MkIb Dormobile. This is a simple conversion of the CA based on the Martin Walter 'Utilicon' minibus conversion and then given the interior and opening roof for camping

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Bedford CA MkIb Romany. An opening roof gave standing room inside the vehicle

Bedford CF Van
Bedford CF Van
Bedford HA Van
Bedford HA Van
Vauxhall Victor FA
Vauxhall Victor FA
Vauxhall E-series Wyvern, Velox and Cresta 1951-56
Vauxhall E-series Wyvern, Velox and Cresta 1951-56
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