Specific: Bought from Great
Britain in 1946/47. Remained in service at until least
the late 1960´s.
Historical: The prototype of the MV,
which was the smallest wartime Bedford made, appeared in
1937. It was based on a commercial 2-tons truck with a
modified chassis and larger tyres to increase ground
clearance. Other changes were electric's (12 vs. 6 volt)
and Solex carburettor instead of Zenith.
The initial order for the deliverance of the MW to the
British Forces was agreed on 2nd May 1939. Early models
had an open driving compartment, but from 1943 the cab
was enclosed and provided with half-doors and detachable
side-curtains. The windscreen changed from aero-screen to
a full-width, flat divided screen with wipers.
The MWC were supplied in chassis-cab form and different
bodies were fitted by outside contractors.
Amongst other models were the MWG 22 mm Oerlikon (or
Polsten) anti-aircraft gun used by the RAF, MWR radio
van, the MWT anti-tank tractor/portee and the MWV RAF
More than 65.000 of this 4 x 2 15-cwt truck produced
under some 30 separate contracts from 1939 to 1945.
The MV remained in service with the British Army until
the late 1950´s.
Length: 4.36 m (172 inches).
Width: 1.98 m (78 inches).
Height: 2.28 m (90 inches).
Weight: 3.478 kg (7.730 lb.).
Engine: Own 6-cylinder, 3.519 cm3 (214 cubic inches)
displacement, liquid cooled.
Horsepower: 72 at 3.000 rpm.
Transmission: 4-speed gearbox.
Transfer case: None.
Electrical system: 12 volt.
Brakes: Hydraulic (Lockheed).
Tyres: 9.00 - 16.
without preparation: 0.70 m (27 inches).
with deep water fording kit: N/A.
Fuel type: Petrol.
Fuel capacity: 91 liter (20 gallons).
Range: 430 km (268 miles).
Additional: 910 liter (200 gallons)
water tank. The compartment at the rear provided space
for sterilising equipment in the racks on the left. The
right-hand half accommodated suction hoses, filters, pump
handles and other items of equipment.
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