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1948 Bedford MSD (LSU 544) dropside, 2012 HCVS Tyne-Tees Run

Bedford MSD

The Bedford M series was a commercial vehicle chassis, the first variants of which were made in 1939. It is a normal control 4-wheel chassis designed to carry loads of 2-3 tons. There were two wheelbase lengths offered -- 10' 0" or 11' 11" -- and each was fitted with the standard 6-cylinder 27.34 hp petrol engine.

A 4-speed gearbox with single dry plate clutch delivered power to a floating rear axle with spiral bevel final drive. Brakes were Lockheed hydraulic type and servo assisted operating on all four wheels.

Seven variants of the M series chassis were offered. Their designations were:

MS - short (10'0") wheelbase
  • MSZ : chassis only
  • MSC : chassis and cab
  • MSD : dropside lorry
  • MST : end tipper
ML - long (11'11") wheelbase
  • MLZ : chassis only
  • MLC : chassis and cab
  • MLD : dropside lorry


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