Vintage Campervans That Haven't Lost Their Appeal

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Vintage campervans just ooze cool. They might not have all the mod cons of their twentieth-first century recreational vehicle (RV) counterparts, but they more than make up for it with bucket loads of charm. What’s more, as most were customised to suit individual tastes, each one is practically unique. If you’re looking to own one, these are the movable feasts to put on your test drive list. 

The Original VW Campervan

As soon as someone mentions the word campervan, an image of the original VW campervan, which first hit the roads back in the 1950s, is sure to come to mind. When it became customised to feature a bed, cooking and sitting area, it became the go-to vehicle for 1970s hippy groups. The rotund-shape and face-like front gave it an instant cartoon-like appeal that has never waned. The same classic models were still being made, with very few alterations, up until a couple of years ago, but production finally stopped when it became impossible to subtly adapt the design to meet current safety standards.
Their increased rarity has only made them more desirable however. If you are setting off on a road trip, this is the motor to see and be seen in.
Its age and cult status have led it to enter classic car territory though, and these highly collectible vehicles now have a price tag to match. Nevertheless, treat it well and repair it with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts, and it should continue to rise in value.
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The Commer Autosleeper

There is something uniquely British about the Commer Autosleeper. The majority were built in the 1960s with anything from two to seven-berth configurations. They all featured a raising roof, a large kitchen and seating area and ample storage. True craftsmen produced the furniture and internal spec. If you can find one complete with the original curtains, 24-piece cutlery set and ceramic picnic and tea-set, you know you are onto something that has been well-loved and well-looked after. It won’t come cheap though as this is another collector’s item. You will certainly be the talk of the campsite when you pitch up in one.

The Hymermobil

Born in 1971, the original Hymermobil borrowed much from traditional caravan design and so was better thought out than anything that came before it, and with a Mercedes base, it could also boast reliability. [1] By 1975 it had a caravan-style lifting roof to provide more headroom. With its pull-down double bed and well-equipped kitchenette, a well-looked after '70s model should still be practical to live and drive in. Later on, Hymer used other vehicles as its Hymermobil base, but the original Mercedes model still rocks that quirky '70s vibe.
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