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Bedford OYD, 4 x 2, 12 V (side view, right side)


Side view, right side

Picture courtesy of Uffe Mortensen, Copenhagen


Danish Army Specific: Delivered by the British forces in Germany just after WW II. The trucks were all used and went through a repair-program at Air Base Skrydstrup (where the picture was taken) before proceeding to the end-users.
Historical: The Bedford O-series was a commercial truck which had been launched in 1939. Based on the OL model and militarised for service with simplified bodywork and single rear tires it was known as the OY-series. Early war models had wooden rear bodies and twin headlights. Production of the civilian trucks was discontinued soon after the outbreak of the second world war.
The OY-series, in particular the OYD general service truck, played a variety of roles: mobile workshop, slave battery, office, X-ray, canteen, and carrier of troops, horses, machine guns and supplies.
A 30 cwt (1.500 kg) truck similar in appearance was known as the OX.
Also civilian variants of the OX and OY military chassis were available from 1941. The OWS was a 5-ton short-wheelbase designed for various types of body, whilst the OWL was the long-wheelbase equivalent. The OWB was a 32 seat bus with body by Duple. Those vehicles were available to civilian users under the Ministry of War Transport licence.
The first contract calling for 5.000 30 cwt chassis and 11.000 3-tonners were signed in September 1939. The OY-series was the most numerous British 3-tonner with 72.385 examples produced between 1940 and 1945.
Length: 6.22 m (245 inches).
Width: 2.18 m (86 inches).
Height: 3.09 m (122 inches).
Weight: 6.568 kg (14.450 lb.).
: Own 6-cylinder, type WD, 3.519 cm3 (214 cubic inches) displacement, liquid cooled.
Horsepower: 72 at 3.000 rpm.
Transmission: 4-speed.
Transfer case: None.
Electrical system: 12 volt.
Brakes: Hydraulic with vacuum servo assistance.
Tyres: 10.50 - 16.
Fuel type: Petrol.
Fuel capacity: 145 liter (32 gallons).
Range: 450 km (280 miles).
Crew: N/A.
Additional: Maximum speed was around 65 km/h.
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