The van that rocked and rolled the 1950s & 1960s – the Bedford CA
The van to own in the fifties and early sixties was the Bedford CA. It was arguably the UK’s first purpose-built light commercial vehicle and was introduced in 1952 as both a panel van and chassis cowl.
It proved popular for delivery drivers and roundsmen, who loved its sliding doors, and the cab-only version provided bodybuilders with many opportunities for specialist coachwork such as dropsides, milk floats and mobile shops. The Dormobile was the first of many conversions carried out to the CA, complete with an elevating roof to liberate extra space inside, bringing the joys of motor-caravanning to the masses.