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Changes in Bedford CA Van Models

9th September 1960
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Page 73, 9th September 1960 — Changes in Bedford CA Van Models
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IN addition to the new TK range of .1 forward control goods vehicles announced this week by Vauxhall Motors, Ltd., several minor changes have been made to the Bedford CA 10-12-cwt. and 15-cwt. shortand long-wheelbase vans.

Standard equipment on these vehicles now are 13-in.-diameter wheels, instead of the 15-in.-diameter wheels previously employed, and these reduce the loading height by 1 in., the new dimension being 1 ft. 111 in. Another change is that the payload rating of all models has been increased by 11 cwt.

The smaller wheels have made it possible to use more compact front and rear wheel-arches, and flat-topped wheel

boxes are used at the rear. A choice of three axle ratios is offered: the standard ratio is 4.625 to 1, with the option of 5.286 or 4.111 to 1.

Lower gearbox ratios have also been adopted, whilst the 1.5-litre petrol engine incorporates new types of steel-backed big-end bearing.

Steering geometry has been revised to give better handling characteristics at high speeds and when fully laden, whilst operation of the gear-change mechanism is stated to be smoother than previously.

A redesigned instrument-panel layout has been adopted, and this incorporates a combined ignition-and-starter switch, "pull-out" lighting switch, and toggle switches for the direction indicators and windscreen wipers.

Prices are slightly higher. The shortwheelbase 10-12-cwt. van costs £450, and the 15-cwt. version £460, whilst the longwheelbase models cost £470 and £480 respectively.


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