The C Type Bedfords
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The 'C' types (C4 & C5) were somewhat a stop gap measure by Bedford to bridge the gap for a 29/30 seat PSV chassis between the demise of the OB in 1951, & the introduction of the VAS in 1961.
Launched in 1957 the C type 29/30 seat PSVchassis was based on the 4 ton (C4), & 5 ton (C5), forward control lorry chassis derived from the S type. The 5 ton version was available both as 7ft 6inch, & 8ft wide widths, whilst the C4 was available only as 7ft 6inch.
The choice of engines, all driving through a 4 speed synchromesh gearbox were C4Z1 & C5Z1 with a Bedford 4.93 litre (300 cu in) 6 cylinder diesel engine, & the C4Z2 & C5Z2 with six cylinder 3.52 litre (214 cu in) petrol engine. A further petrol option was available as the C4Z3 & C5Z3 with six cylinder 4,93 litre (300 cu in) unit.
Duple were the predominant body builder with their Vista/Super Vista body name re- launched from its OB days. The C4 was popular with local authorities, but was also bought by rural coach operators such as Mulley of Ixworth who needed a 29 seat replacement for their ageing OB's. Probably the largest taker of the C4/5 was MacBraynes, the Scottish ferry operator who used the C5 for post bus work in the highlands & islands.The C4/5 in Preservation
Less than a dozen C types survive into preservation, four MacBrayne (No's 36, 54, 179, & 181) are listed with Scottish owners whilst C4, UHJ 842, new to Rochford Hospital before passing into preservation with the late Peter Squibb, on his death it passed through the hands of two more preservationists, Chris Norris of Enfield & Andrew Lodge, High Easter. In 2010 It passed to Richard Towler of Brandon who plans to complete the restoration. Another C4, VCD 984 is in running order with Rundell of Falmouth as part of his 'King Harry Coaches' fleet. It was new to Alpha Brighton.
NCF 888 new to Mulley of Ixworth, & has remained in their yard for many years is in poor condition. It was acquired in November 2012 by Des Clarke of Bury St Edmunds for full restorationBecause of the low numbers extant, few C type PSV's come on the market. They don't command huge sums & a good one should be had for under £5000.
Bedford C4's Reg. No type year body seating current or last known owner first owner VCD 984 * C4Z2 1958 Du C29F Rundell, Falmouth Alpha, Brighton 568 BYA C4Z2 1958 Du C--F Lusted, Croydon, South London, ex caravan by 9/11 Blagdon Lioness, Blagdon, Bristol ESL 993 C4Z2 1959 Du C25F 'Dennis', Rijeka, Croatia 11/12 Conway Hunt, Ottershaw as 24 EJO (re reg ESL 933) UHJ 842 C4Z2 1959 Du C29F Towler, Brandon 6/10 Rochford Hospital RRF 769B C4Z2 1960 Du C--F Richardson, Stalham , caravan Burton on Trent Hospital as LFA 31 Bedford C5's NCF 888 C5Z2 1959 Du C29F Clarke, Bury St Edmunds 11/12 Mulley, Ixworth OTY 208 C5Z1 1959 DM B30F Hughes, Llithfaen Tait Morpeth SVA 438 C5Z1 1958 DM B30F Emerton, Nantwich for sale tel 01270 624889 Hutchinson, Overton WGG 630 C5Z1 1959 Du C--F McDonald, Howmore, Moy MacBrayne 36 WXE 298 C5Z1 1960 Du B--F 'Pete & Sarah', Spain - caravan PERME (MoD), Westcott YYS 174 C5Z1 1960 Du C21FM Walker, Lenzie MacBrayne 54 603 CYS C5C1 1961 Du C29F McPherson & MacDonald, Howmore MacBrayne 179 605 CYS C5C1 1961 Du C29F McDonald, Howmore totally derelict MacBrayne 181
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