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1957 Bedford® Green Goddess Fire Engine *Low Mileage* (SYH) For Sale

£8,495 As stated

Price £8,495As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Bedford
  Green Goddess
Year 1957
Mileage 5,133 Miles
Country United Kingdom
Region Yorkshire
Status Trade
  27-Mar-2021
Ref C1285588
For sale, through JOHN BROWN 4X4 LTD, Bedford® Green Goddess Fire Engine in Green (1957).

Petrol. MOT & Tax Exempt. 5139 miles from new. Full Home Office vehicle record book. Fully Equipped Lockers. 3 former keepers.

We are delighted to offer for sale this rare Bedford Green Goddess. This vehicle has been dry-stored by an enthusiast and has survived in good order, only being used for summer shows. Due to the advanced age of the previous keeper (mid 70s), he has decided to part with it and sell it to us – for someone else to use and enjoy.

As the photos show, the bodywork survives in relatively good order, but showing the odd, original, age related scratches and dinks. This gives a feeling of honesty to the vehicle and we have elected not to tamper with the current finish. It looks better than one would expect to find for a vehicle of 63 years old! This vehicle came from a collection of vehicles owned by an elderly gentleman, and as such, has been shown at regular events and ‘old school’ tinkered with to keep it in running order. It starts with the first turn of the key and has a recent battery to ensure keen starting in all weathers…. When it arrived we fitted the new battery, pulled out the choke, and pressed the start button… she fired straight up and ticked over quietly at low revs with no drama.

Perhaps the very low mileage, keepers and undercover storage have contributed to the vehicle feeling both well sorted and original. It is of course, a very old and large truck – and any future keeper must keep this in mind when thinking about long-term ownership. That said, we have owned several of them without encountering any worrying or major issues. Indeed, one was driven half the length of the country to be brought in! They are a hoot to drive, and have a really good sized cabin for passengers or even serving as a dining room when you reach your destination!

As mentioned, all the lockers are filled with the CES kit one would hope to find on a Goddess, which we have done our best to photograph. The mobile engine survives (we haven’t tested this) along with all the various hoses, reels, attachments and tools. There is a vehicle record file that comes with this vehicle – this includes a full inventory of the items present and how to use the various equipment (and maintain it!). Although we have not experimented with the various systems, one tends to find, due to their build quality, that they either work well, or can be made to work easily. Some people purchase these vehicles for moving large volumes of water, or emptying flooded areas….. they were designed and built to move large quantities of water quickly, so could still be useful today, not only as a show vehicle but a working vehicle too. The addition of the 4WD system means that it can also access areas where it might be most required.

In summary, this is a rare opportunity of acquiring a good quality Green Goddess, which has not suffered from long-term external storage like so many have. It would be ideal for the enthusiast, or slightly eccentric new owner to cherish, enjoy, maintain and improve. Assistance can be provided in getting the vehicle to wherever it is needed without the need for a slow drive home – unless you want to enjoy it, of course!

Priced at £8495

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