Bedford CF 280 Ambulance 2.3 Petrol Automatic 1978 For Sale

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Ross on Wye, Herefordshire, United Kingdom
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Description Bedford CF 280 Ambulance 2.3 Petrol Automatic 1978

Blossom the ambulance is now for sale!

A true vintage, 1978 St.John's Ambulance Brigade (Harrow), she is in excellent and remarkable condition for her years. This ambulance is totally original and still has all the equipment used when it was an operational St.John's support vehicle - including: flashing/revolving blue lights and siren horns (disconnected); wheeled and carry-on stretchers, resussitator kit, oxygen management equipment, original storage units, a selection of crutches, etc.

I had the intention to convert Blossom into a camper van which would be an ideal project, but other life matters have got in the way! For inspiration as to what can be achieved, I recommend searching on-line for the Channel 4 episode Series 2 Episode 1 George Clarke's Amazing Spaces (available to watch at Channel 4 on-demand) - a family of 6 and a dog created a jaw-dropping holiday bus (from an even smaller, older ambulance)!

I've also had business enquiries; e.g. someone wishing to convert her into a commercial festival business - selling Tequilla shots from an ambulance! (must be some irony there!). 

Due to the excellent condition and originality of the vehicle, it is also prime for restoration to a period classic - this could be for a private collection/exhibitor, or rented out for film and TV drama work.

Its ambulance heritage means its extremely well built and has many features that would make conversion an easier task than with many other donor vehicles including: - 

front to rear access by sliding door;
interior lighting system built-in;
well-planned wiring loom to help electrical instalments
built-in storage units;
fold down seat chairs;
sturdy luggage rack;
tinted side-windows for privacy;
translucent roof panels (lets in the light!);
fold-down access step;
easy access battery isolation switch;
....and more.

The vehicle model is Bedford CF 280 - 2.3 Petrol Automatic transmission. 

The mileage is a genuine 23,565 and all the original service history is present in the original GM Vauxhall Bedford Euroservice manual.

The coachwork is primarily fibreglass on a galvanised steel chassis and is therefore relatively rust free and no major corrosion issues. The engine runs well and appears mechanically sound when last started about a year ago. I have moved the vehicle around my property and the automatic transmission selects well and drives smoothly. All electrics were operational also working fine. The bodywork is in great condition for year due to fibreglass rear shell and there is no significantly visible collision damage - a few wear and tear scrapes, together with a minor chip or two to the fibreglass areas should be expected. The driver's side main-body window has a craze-fracture as shown in the photo - this doesn't show much due to tinting and would only require replacement for cosmetic reasons of choice. 

An outstanding mechanical issue is that the brakes require attention as there is no pedal pressure. Having had some work done to fix this, including a replacement servo (not the problem) and an overhaul of the master cylinder (didn't solve the issue); it appears that a new master-cylinder is required (current one may have scratched bores) - these are available from classic parts suppliers for around £200. All work on these vintage vehicles is straight forward, for the auto-enthusiast, but checking of brakes before use by a professional mechanic is always recommended!

A decent battery will be needed and I would recommend replacing any fuel in the tank with fresh petrol (fuel octane degrades over time). As such, she will need to be moved to her new home on a transporter, which is how she arrived to me.

Upon closure of auction, payment and collection from near Ross on Wye will be required within 7 days (unless otherwise arranged). I reserve the right to exclude bidders with no/low eBay history profile. The auction is to buy, not view/negotiate. All questions are welcome and viewing is recommended if you have specific concerns. Good luck bidding and thanks for looking!

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