It is thought, that the name Bedford came from the fact that the trucks were made by Vauxhall Motors, whose manufacturing plant was at Luton, Bedfordshire. Vauxhall Motors was in fact acquired by the American General Motors in the late 1920s; the owners were keen to enter the British commercial market.

Most Bedfords were given a letter designation, such as the 'QL' of Second World War fame. Perhaps the best known of the Bedford trucks are the 'O', 'S' and 'TK'.

A wide range of vehicles with Bedford cabs can be found from all the leading British toy and model producers

Bedford value and price guide

What's your 'Bedford' worth? Here are some recently sold items (Canada).

Picture Title Date Sold for
Spot On 158 Tanker Shell Bp Lorry Scarce 08/2019 C $1 436.83
1960s Matchbox Lesney G 1 Commercial 07/2019 C $1 302.44
50s Large Version Moko Lesney Matchbox 07/2019 C $879.00
Superfast Matchbox Lesney G 1 Service 07/2019 C $819.84
Dinky Toys Gb Pallet Jekta Van Boite Ref 08/2019 C $802.36

See all sold items for more prices.

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