Bedford is a name from British automotive history that became synonymous with quality commercial vehicles. Between 1930 and the late 1980s few companies, large or small, did have at least a couple of Bedfords within their fleet. These were dependable vehicles used by fleet operators all over the UK and beyond. When the new lesiure activity of motorcaravanning became popular in the mid-1950's, it was hardly surprising that converters turned their attention to the Bedford CA light commercial van, which had been unveiled in 1951. The CA and CF ranges were the perfect size for compact camper vans that could nevertheless provide a good level of comfort and luxury. Add in the smaller HA and the later Midi and Rascal models, and Bedford offered a host of attractive options. Here Martin Watts, founder of the Classic Camper Club, tells the complete story of all the Bedford camper and motorhome vehicles.
Bedford Camper Vans and Motorhomes by Martin Watts
Martin Watts has been involved with motorcaravans for forty years. He is regarded as one of the leading motorcaravan historians in the UK and today he writes a regular column for the specialist motorcaravan publication Motorcaravan, Motorhome Monthly. His two previous books, Classic Camper Vans: The Inside Story and Classic Dormobile Camper Vans [both published by Crowood] were very warmly received upon their release in 2007 and 2009 respectively, both titles gaining many excellent reviews from both the classic vehicle and motorcaravan press. Resident - Worcestershire
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