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 is taken) before proceeding to the
end-users. A further batch was bought in Great Britain.
Besides the GS-version the QL was equipped as mobile
workshop, stores, signals and similar.
Danish modifications included US pattern black-out marker
lights, rifle holders and lowered positioning of the
They were gradually superseded by the Bedford RL-series starting in the late 1950´s,
although specialised vehicles continued to soldier on
into the mid 1970´s.
Historical: At the outbreak of WW II,
Bedford was contracted by the British War Office to
produce a 3 tons 4 x 4 general service truck. A pilot
model was ready in February 1940 and quantity production
started in March 1941.
Used in a range of roles including Bofors tractor, troop
carrier, cargo, tanker, communications, fire tender,
field kitchen etc.
More than 50.000 produced at Vauxhall´s Luton factory
between 1940 and 1945.
Length: 5.99 m (236 inches).
Width: 2.26 m (89 inches).
Height: 2.54 m (120 inches).
Weight: 7.000 kg (15.400 lb.).
Engine: 6-cylinder Bedford, 3.519 cm3 (214 cubic
inches) displacement, liquid cooled.
Horsepower: 72 at 3.000 rpm.
Transmission: 4-speed gearbox.
Transfer case: 2 speed.
Electrical system: 12 volt, negative ground.
Brakes: Hydraulic with vacuum servo assistance.
Tyres: 10.50 - 20 (11.00 - 20).
without preparation: 0.4 m (15 inches).
with deep water fording kit: N/A.
Fuel type: Petrol.
Fuel capacity: 127 liter (28 gallons).
Range: 250 km (156 miles)
Crew: 1+ 11.
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