The Bedford CA was a light commercial vehicle produced between 1952 and 1969 by Bedford in Luton, England. Its sliding cab door was beloved of frequent-stop delivery drivers since they could drive a few hundred yards, hop off, access the interior quickly, and hop back into the driver's seat again with ease.
Not only built as a van, the CA was also supplied as a chassis to various coach and van building companies to have specialist bodywork added. The vehicle also formed a very successful basis for the Bedford Dormobile campervan conversion.
The profile of the CA changed very little during its seventeen-year life but as with most vehicles, although it underwent a few fairly subtle styling upgrades. The two-piece windscreen was replaced by a slightly curved section of glass and several grilles designs were used, from a simple, painted one right through to a pressed aluminium version seen on many contemporary cars.
The mechanics were conventional and culled from the F-Series Victor: a front-mounted four-cylinder 1508cc engine, a manual gearbox and a propshaft driving the wheels via a live axle.