Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 129
Year : 1961
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : See Text
Registration No. : YHJ 811
Chassis No. : J0C61288
Engine No. : J062349
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale


Bedford Vehicles, usually shortened to just Bedford, was
produced by Vauxhall Motors which was ultimately owned by General
Motors. Established in 1930 and constructing commercial vehicles,
Bedford Vehicles was a leading international truck brand, with
substantial export sales of light, medium, and heavy trucks
throughout the world. It was GM Europe's most profitable venture
for several years. Perhaps the major event of the 1950's, was the
transfer of all non-car based commercial vehicle manufacture to the
former Vauxhall shadow factory at Boscombe Road, Dunstable.
Bedford's Dunstable plant, dating originally from 1942, was
extensively rebuilt and extended between 1955 and 1957 when all
production lines were said to be over a mile long. Subsequently,
all commercial vehicle manufacture would be concentrated here with
only vans and car based commercials remaining at the Luton plant.
The Bedford TJ was first manufactured in 1958 and was an updated
version of the TD range. The TJ was available in the United Kingdom
up until 1975, after 1975 it was manufactured only for export.
Production continued until 1986, after that it was manufactured by
AWD into the early 1990s. Petrol and diesel engines were available,
the lightest (J0 designation) could be specified with the 2.6 litre
straight-six petrol engine from the Vauxhall Cresta. TJs were not
large sellers within the UK, it is thought some 5,000 J0's were
manufactured with a mere 20 remaining in the UK.

The vendor has owned this vehicle for the last eight years and
spent the first five years of ownership gathering parts prior to
starting a total nut and bolt restoration. His sole aim was to
build the best Bedford J0 available anywhere in the world and in
our opinion he has achieved his objective comfortably. Originally
built at a time when manufacturing standards could be a little
inconsistent, this Bedford has been painstakingly dismantled,
painted, chromed and trimmed in superb quality leather. The cab is
a genuine J0 new old stock unit as are many other parts fitted to
this magnificent truck. The mileage of 24,000 is thought to be
genuine and we can confirm all numbers match. The vendor is almost
an encyclopedia of knowledge when it comes to Bedford J0 trucks and
his enthusiasm is infectious when talking about it. The silver
paintwork is of a superb standard and would not look out of place
on a Rolls-Royce; the red leather trim and Wilton carpets, together
with ample chrome work combine to make this Bedford a striking
vehicle, the quality of which you are unlikely to see again on such
a vehicle. During the restoration, the emphasis was to retain the
original features, improving as required, this appears to have been
a successful objective. The 2,600cc engine runs exceptionally well
and the truck retains its original three-speed gearbox. Potential
buyers are recommended to view this truck in person to confirm for
themselves the quality of workmanship. 
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170