A Blast from the Past

Gordon Beale’s rarity – a 1965 Bedford RL ‘Mine Cab’

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Gordon Beale’s 1965 Bedford RL ‘Mine Cab’


  • Make Bedford 
  • Model RL 
  • Nationality British 
  • Year 1965 
  • Production Run 1953-1969 (mine cabs appeared in the mid-60s) 
  • Engine Bedford 
  • Type 4.9 litre straight-six 
  • Fuel Petrol 
  • Displacement 4.930cm3 (300 cu in) 
  • Power 115hp at 3,000rpm 
  • Fuel Capacity 118 litres (25 gallons) 
  • Max speed 60mph 
  • Transmission 
  • Type Manual 
  • Gears Four forward, one reverse 
  • Transfer Box Four-wheel drive 
  • Suspension Leaf springs 
  • Brakes Servo assisted hydraulic 
  • Tyres: 11.00x20 Avon track grip 
  • Crew/seats Two
  • Dimensions 
  • Length 6.35m (247in) 
  • Width 2.45m (95in). 
  • Height 3.35m (130in) 
  • Wheelbase 3.95m (155in) 
  • Weight 8.025kg (17.655lb)

General Motors, which had been manufacturing British Chevrolet vehicles in Canada and Brazil, moved its operations to the Vauxhall Motors’ plant in Luton, Bedfordshire when it acquired the facility in 1925.

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