Described on the original Dinky box as a ‘10cwt’ van, the vehicle is better known as Bedford’s ‘CA’ van, the marque’s most-popular light commercial vehicle of the 1950s
and 60s. Launched in 1952, the Bedford CA was available with either a short (10-12cwt) or long(15cwt) wheelbase for use as a range of vans and pick-ups. Instantly recognisable by its short ‘pug-nose’ bonnet – a design that necessitated the
engine protruding into the cab – the CA was similar in concept to the Ford Transit, a vehicle that didn’t appear until 1965. Thus in many respects, the Bedford CA was well ahead of its time, the CA selling extremely well at both home and abroad.
The launch model was powered by a 1,508cc OHV petrol engine, a unit that powered the CA to a top speed of 60mph, with a fuel economy of around 25 miles to the gallon. A later diesel variant was powered by the Perkins 4/99 engine.
Bedford also sold the basic chassis to coachbuilders, resulting in a fine array of CA-based ice cream vans, ambulances and campers. Production ended in 1969, the design having only had minor modifications throughout its entire production life. It was superseded by the Bedford CF, which had the misfortune to be up against the Ford Transit and thus never gained the same amount of popularity as the CA.
Size: Length: 84mm Width: 36mm Height: 37mm