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HJB Heritage Fleet

The H.J. Bennett Heritage Fleet currently consists of 5 vehicles dating from 1941 through to 1984. Restored to their former glory these vehicles can be seen at events across the Island such as The County Show and are also on permanent display at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Havenstreet.

 


Currently included within the fleet are:

 
1941 Bedford OMD Lorry
1955 Bedford A Type Tractor Unit
1955 Bedford A Type Tractor Unit
1962 Bedford J2 Tipper 1978 Bedford KM1630 1981 Bedford TK1630
 
 
The pride of the Heritage Fleet is our Bedford OMD lorry currently on display at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway and built for the RAF in 1941 as a tractor unit for wartime aircraft movements around the airfield.

1942 Bedford OMD Lorry
Our 1942 Bedford OMD Lorry goes on permanent display as Nigel hands
over the vehicle toPeter Vail at The Isle of Wight Steam Railway.
 
When it was decommissioned in 1951 this vehicle was acquired by us and used to haul sand as a tipper truck until 1969. The vehicle was fully restored by us in our workshops between 2005 and 2007 including additional work in 2012 and is a very popular vehicle within our Heritage Fleet.
 
1981 Bedford TK1630
Our 1981 Bedford TK1630 at The County Show this summer.

How our vehicles got their distinctive colour!
Many people find the history of the company’s distinctive fleet in their smart grey livery just as interesting as that of the company itself. Originally the vehicles were painted green but this was changed to naval grey by Hilton Bennett who used tins of paint washed up on Bembridge beach from St Helens Rhodes in the Solent where naval vessels were moored and maintained, the colour has remained the same ever since and is an early example of the company's recycling.
 
The first vehicle to be painted Naval Grey was a Canadian Dodge in 1952, the last from original naval paint a Ford D Series in 1984.

Old and new share our distinctive Grey livery
Old and new share our distinctive Grey livery – part of a proud heritage.
 
 

Caring for the Island

“We have always found the people at H.J. Bennett Limited to be friendly and helpful, willing to go the extra mile to assist their clients. They have a well presented and diverse fleet of vehicles, able to accommodate your delivery requirements”
Matt Newman, Assistant Branch Manager - Jewson