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・Majority of its life spent in the dry climate of Australia
・Bare-metal respray in 2019
・Wonderful condition throughout
Introduced in 1958, the Bedford J-Type (TJ) truck was produced and sold in the UK up until 1975 with numerous revisions along the way. However, it proved so successful overseas that it was produced for the export market up until 1998, when 100 new TJ trucks were supplied to Kenya.
While the J-Type never enjoyed massive success here in the UK, there were a few notable companies that used the trucks within their fleets, namely the AA and Royal Mail.
This particular J-Type has lived a rather well-travelled life, having been built in England but delivered new to Australia in 1970, the vehicle worked for 44 years in the dry, hot environment of Oz before being repatriated and “retired” to the UK in 2013.
Since being back in the UK, the vehicle underwent a full ‘bare-metal’ respray in 2019 to the tune of around £4,000, along with being fitted with a new visor, numerous re-chromed parts, fully refurbished, re-lined and varnished load bed and a custom bonnet mascot which cost £300 alone.
Included with the vehicle are numerous receipts pertaining to work carried out, along with the V5 registered keeper document.
Trucks are never designed to be luxurious modes of travel, though the classic interior of this TJ is certainly aesthetically appealing compared to the typical sea of black plastic and grey trim that is commonplace in modern vehicles.
To that end, the cabin is in excellent condition throughout, wearing only a very minor age-related patina which we think actually adds to the story of the vehicle. The seats are in excellent shape as far as we can see, along with the door cards, carpets and dashboard.
There are no reported electrical or mechanical faults with the vehicle, with all switchgear and systems working as they should. The one minor issue with the interior is that the passenger door does not open from the outside, though this shouldn’t be too difficult to fix for someone of a mechanical persuasion.
Much like the interior, the external condition of this globe-trotting truck is absolutely astounding, thanks in part to the dry climate of Australia where it spent most of its life, along with the recent extensive respray.
The colours are rich and the body of the truck is adorned with personalised period-looking graphics, while the bodywork all appears to be lovely and straight with no sign of any impact or accident damage that we can see. There is some minor wear-and-tear to high-traffic areas such as the cab steps and a few stone chips to be seen along with some patina on the chrome work, though this is all commensurate with the age and mileage of the vehicle.
The load bed, having been refurbished and re-finished during the restoration process, is in outstanding condition and looks to have been barely used since being restored. Even the outer panels are in near-immaculate condition, retaining a deep shine and rich colour to the wood construction.
Of note - and perhaps the only notable issue with the vehicle’s bodywork - is the fact that the nearside mirror glass has smashed, though the casing is unaffected.
Under the bonnet, the engine and its ancillaries look to be in good, if used condition, with a few signs of recent fettling. During the photo shoot, the photographer noted no unusual issues, leaks or faults with the vehicle.
Underneath, this Bedford looks to be in fine shape, with its galvanised chassis and years spent in Australia keeping this workhorse in excellent condition. The driveline looks to be in great shape, as do the floors and chassis frames. There is some typical surface ‘bloom’ on the exhaust, though this should not be cause for any concern as far as we can see.
If commercial vehicles are your area of interest, then surely this incredibly well-presented and mechanically sound 1966 Bedford J-Type is right up your street.
Having escaped the usual corrosion and rot issues associated with UK-based vehicles of the era thanks to having lived its life in Australia, this is a fantastically solid example of the humble ‘TJ’ and would make a fine addition to any commercial vehicle enthusiasts’ collection.
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