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The Bedford TJ truck

The Bedford TJ or Bedford type J is a truck that was produced by the Vauxhall-owned Bedford company. In 1992 Kantaka Automobile bought the liecense to produce the truck from knock-down kits by AWD Trucks. Despite English production ending in 1992, the truck is still manufactered and produced in Africa as of 2021, from knock-down kits send by Opel.


The Bedford TJ was first manufactured in 1958 and was an updated version of the Bedford TD range. The TJ was available in the United Kingdom up until 1975, after 1975 it was manufactured only for export. Production continued until 1986 under the Bedford name, after then it was manufactured by AWD into the early 1990s still for export only.

India and Pakistan

An Indian company, Hindustan Motors also produced the larger versions (J5/6) of the vehicle in India country from 1968; production was stopped after the vehicle proved unable to compete against Tata and Ashok Leyland commercial vehicles. In Pakistan, however, the J5/6 proved popular and dominated commercial vehicular traffic.


The TJ was widely exported. In Australia they were distributed as Holdens - GM's brand in Australia.

Model range

  • J0
  • J1
  • J2
  • J3
  • J4
  • J5
  • J6

Chassis codes

1958 To June 1967

  • J1 30cwt.
  • J2S 3ton.
  • J2L 3ton.
  • J3L 4ton.
  • J4L 5ton.
  • J4E 5ton.
  • J4A 8ton tractor.
  • J5S 6ton.
  • J5L 6ton.
  • J6S 7ton.
  • J6L 7ton.

A 3rd or 4th number indicates engine type;

  • Diesel
  • Petrol
  • Petrol
  • Diesel
  • Diesel
  • Diesel

July 1967 onwards

Chassis codes changed in July 1967 to ensure Bedford complied with new legislation introduced in the UK (Construction and Use Regulations).

  • CDD/CHD 30cwt.
  • CDJ/CHJ 3ton.
  • CDL/CHL 4ton.
  • CFM/CJM 5ton.
  • CFN/CJN 6ton.
  • CFQ/CJQ 7 ton.

The 2nd letter indicates engine type;

  • Petrol
  • Petrol
  • Diesel
  • Diesel


The engines available included:

  • 214cu Petrol
  • 300cu Petrol
  • 300cu Diesel
  • 330cu Diesel
  • 200cu Diesel
  • 220cu Diesel


A few examples are seen on the classic commercial & vintage vehicle circuit in the UK.

please add known examples in preservation to the list below.
List of Preserved Bedford TJtrucks
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Registration No. Make-Model or type no Build-Year Engine-Make/Type Weight/class Chassis/Body type Owner
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See also

References / sources

Based on wikipedia vrsion

External links

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