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 (USA):

Picture Title Date sold Price
Grey Plastic Wheel 1950s Matchbox Lesney 05/2019 $593.94
Matchbox Lesney 25a Van 12cwt Blue Black 05/2019 $533.00
Scarce No Window Glass 1960s Lesney 07/2019 $481.40
1950s Matchbox Lesney 17 A Removal Van 06/2019 $468.90
Matchbox Lesney 25c Petrol Tanker Grey 05/2019 $349.00
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