Oxford Diecast Bedford CF Ice Cream Van C J Copner
Product Code: 43CF005
There’s nothing like an ice cream when the sun comes out and our Oxford 1:43 sale Bedford CF Van is back on the road in a bright new colour scheme for the 2023 season.
Chris Copner and his ice cream vans are centred in Abergavenny in South Wales but he attends events all over the country. He started in 2009 with just one van which in his own words was in need of repair but by 2021, Chris had been named as one of the top three ice cream mobile vans in the UK by the Ice Cream Alliance. Now he has four ice cream vans, both classic and contemporary.
Here we see one of his vans KNE 202V registered in 1979 decorated in a creamy white with masses of bright pastel shades displaying all the refreshing treats printed on all sides. The external bodywork also feature lots of promotional graphics such a ‘You’ve tried the rest, now try the best’ as well as a cautionary note on the back to ‘Mind that Child’. Additional tooling sees two decorative ice cream cones mounted on the front of the roof on either side of the windscreen. The interior is moulded to give a pale green finish to the fridge doors and fridge tops; the counter tops are white, as is the dashboard while the floor and the driver’s seat are both moulded in grey. Quoting an invitation to Try a 99 above the side hatch– well, we might just do that!
The CF came in three versatile body shapes - the standard panel van with side sliding door behind the passenger door; as the basis for the Bedford Dormobile; and a special van with self-contained cab on a general purpose chassis onto which a wide range of custom-built bodies could be built.
This is where Whitby Morrison enters the scene on our Ice Cream Van. The maker of bespoke ice cream vans was founded by Bryan Whitby in 1952 and the name of Whitby Morrison is recognised as the world's leading manufacturer of ice cream vehicles. The Cheshire based company, is still family owned under Managing Director Stuart Whitby, his two sons Stuart and Kristopher and a dynamic and highly skilled workforce. Their vans operate in over 60 countries, built to perform in all climates and conditions, with the result that they are recognised as the finest producer of ice cream vans in the world.
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