One owner from new 1957 Bedford CA Dormobile Camper Van Coachwork by Martin Walter Registration no. UUU 746 Chassis no. CAV89331
Nowadays an ever-present part of the British motoring scene, the motor home or camper van can trace its current popularity back to the Dormobile of the early 1950s. The Dormobile conversion for light commercial chassis was the work of Martin Walter Ltd of Folkestone, Kent, a long established coachbuilding firm that specialised in providing 'standard' bodies for a variety of motor manufacturers throughout the 1930s. After WW2 the firm began offering motor caravan conversions of the Bedford Utilicon before launching the definitive Dormobile on the Bedford CA chassis in 1954. There had been similar conversions in the past but the Dormobile's elevating roof was an inspired breakthrough. The 'Dormobile' title was also applied to conversions of Austin, Standard and Vauxhall estate cars and was later adopted as the company name.
The current owner bought this example at the 1957 Motor Show and used it up to approximately 1978. It was then taken off the road because the brakes had developed a tendency to pull to one side, a fault that he never got around to remedying. Kept in a heated garage, 'UUU 746' has covered only 56,000-or-so miles from new and is offered for re-commissioning/restoration. Perfect for visiting the Goodwood Revival and other historic motoring events, this charming 1950s camper van is offered with the original purchase invoice, (copy) old-style logbook, a quantity of expired MoT certificates and Swansea V5 document.