The first camper van in history is older than you think and is now up for auction

Camper vans live their best moment. More and more people are encouraged to travel in these types of vehicleseither buying a new one, second-hand or manufacturing it with their own hands, as Jesús Martín did.

But let no one think that they are an invention of this century. Not even late in the past. Long before the start of boom Nowadays, there were already people who traveled freely with the camper vans. In fact, you have to go back more than 100 years to talk about the first camper in historywhich is now up for auction.

To travel freely before the First World War

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It is a model manufactured before the First World War, specifically in 1914, based on a Ford T. At that time, the first production car in history had been on sale for less than a year and the Bentall family considered perfect to turn it into a house on wheels.

The founders of the British department store chain Betall traveled throughout the United Kingdom and thought that modifying a Ford T could be more comfortable than in a simple wagon, no need to sleep in hotels.

The forerunner of the Volkswagen California or the Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo sat on the chassis of a Ford Model T modified by the Baico company, which was in charge of lengthening and reinforcing it.

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of the bodywork, entirely made of woodDunton of Reading was commissioned, a company that created all kinds of caravans and wagons between 1884 and 1920.

The layout of the interior of this camper van is not very different to that of the current campers, although the design of all the components has nothing to do with it.

Its style is similar to that of the American houses of that time, with wooden furniture and floors, velvet curtains to preserve privacy or a wood stove which served to heat the cabin and cook. Only the fridge was missing, but obviously some things did not exist at the time, such as solar panels, batteries or stationary heating.

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The driver sat on a huge leather-upholstered sofa that could turn on itself to become the sofa in the living room. It is not the same as a current independent seat, but its function is identical.

Four bunks allowed the whole family to sleep inside and the wooden lockers were more than enough to store your luggage for trips of several days.

What’s more, it seems that it has more cargo space distributed in cabinets and drawers than many modern campers, with certain exceptions. Not to mention the spacious interior, decorated with pictures on the walls and with lots of light thanks to the huge windows.

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The truth is that to be 108 years old, no detail is missing. It has stairs to access the interior through one of the sides of the bodywork, gas lamps, both outside and inside, and even a mailbox outside.

the auction house Bonhams It has just been put up for sale and is expected to fetch between £20,000 and £30,000. between 23,350 and 35,000 euros at the current exchange rate. It’s a lot less than the cost of a new Volkswagen Grand California. The auction will take place on September 10.

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The buyer will take all kinds of utensils from the beginning of the 20th century along with his historic camper van, such as the aforementioned paintings, the brass lampsa fuel can, pots, pans and even a spare tire.

You should not worry about the state of this camper van either. was rfully restored in the 1970s and since then she has participated in various elegance contests and exhibitions.

Source: Motorpasión by

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