GPO Vehicles

Make Bedford
Model QL
Type 3 ton 4x4 Covered Wagon
Body Builder  
Use Road haulage
Registration Number HLA 248
Fleet Number 9240 to 9262 (HLA 245 - 267) 1946
9412 to 9424 (HLA 417 - 429) 1946
16422 to 16427 (JXO 209 - 215) 1947
Date of picture 1947

A Bedford 3 ton capacity QL model bought by the Stores Department as war surplus from the Ministry of Supply.  The QL was the first 4 x 4 vehicle ever built by Bedford and it was a great success.  This particular model has been civilianised with the fitting of a non-standard canvas tilt cover.  This was amongst a large batch of ex Army vehicles bought second hand, in 1946, when new vehicles were virtually unavailable.

The picture above and the two below shows a fleet of Bedford QL's on the London to Brighton inaugural run in July 1947

Leaving London

Arriving in Birmingham


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