‘A big dif­fer­ence in­volves the ac­qui­si­tion of parts’

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Epic Battle - david BROWN, AS­SO­CIATE EDI­TOR

Study of the spec­i­fi­ca­tion de­tails re­veals a lot of com­mon ground be­tween these two, the main dif­fer­ence be­ing that the Bed­ford has its en­gine at the front, while that of the VW is work­ing away at the back.

Both have their driv­ing quirks – mostly in­volv­ing chang­ing gear – that can take some get­ting used to for the unini­ti­ated.

A big dif­fer­ence in­volves the ac­qui­si­tion of ve­hi­cles, parts and ac­ces­sories. The num­ber of VW vans pro­duced way ex­ceeds those of the Bed­ford; and while VWs are far from rot-free, the sur­vival rate greatly favours the Ger­man camper too. Thumb through the clas­si­fieds in

CCW and you’ll find ex­am­ples of Volk­swa­gens for sale most weeks, whereas a Bed­ford CA Dor­mo­bile is a rare sight.

The same ap­plies to the sup­ply of bits, with sev­eral VW spe­cial­ists able to sup­ply a large num­ber of orig­i­nal and re­place­ment parts. The Dor­mo­bile Own­ers’ Club is a use­ful source for ad­vice, plus any ve­hi­cles and spares for sale.

All the above facts com­bine to make the Volk­swa­gen eas­ier to rec­om­mend to those look­ing to own a clas­sic camper. But if you’re lucky enough to own a Bed­ford CA Dor­mo­bile, cher­ish it in the knowl­edge that you’re a mem­ber of a select band.

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