1952 Bedford RL 4x4
Production: 1953–early 1970s
Class: Commercial vehicle, military vehicle
Body style : chassis cab, flatbed, troop carrier, fire engine, recovery vehicle
Layout : Longitudinal front engine, rear-wheel drive (2x4), or four-wheel drive (4x4)
Engine : 4.9 L 110 bhp I6 petrol
Transmission : 4-speed manual
Wheelbase : 3.962 metres
Length: 6.36 metres
Width : 2.39 metres
Height : 2.602 metres (at cap)
Kerb weight : 4.4 tons (empty)
Related : Bedford RLHZ Self Propelled Pump, aka Green Goddess
The Bedford RL was the British military's main medium lorry (truck), built by Bedford Vehicles, from the mid-1950s until the late 1960s. They superseded the Bedford OY.
The Bedford RL was based on on the Bedford SCL, a civilian 7-ton truck. The military version had all wheel drive and bigger wheels to increase ground clearance. Originally conservatively rated at 3 tons, all RL GS (general service) trucks in British Military service were, at a late stage in their service lives, re-rated at 4 tons without any mechanical modifications; the weight referring to its rated cross country payload weight. The last RL rolled off the production line in the early 1970s, and all together a total of 74,000 being produced.
The RL was powered by a 4.9 litres (299.0 cu in) petrol engine producing 110 brake horsepower (82 kW; 112 PS), although some were fitted with diesel engines.