Historic Bedford sold

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The first Bedford bus ever built has been sold at auction for a £35,700 hammer price – three times its estimate.

Featured in Industry Heritage in early September, the 1931 Bedford WHB was sold to its new owner for £39,984 including premiums. The bus was auctioned by Brightwells alongsidae a number of other exhibits from the Vauxhall Heritage Collection.


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TM 9347, which still has its original Waveney body, was new to Arlington as a demonstrator before later passing to Woodham of Melchbourne. The vehicle was said to be in good order generally though needing light recommissioning. “We had so much interst in this vehicle and it did well at the sale,” said Brightwells Auction Manager Toby Service. He confirmed that the bus had gone to a UK-based collector.

The first Bedford bus sold for well over its estimated price at Brightwells. BRIGHTWELLS