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Caravanning in the 1920's

Today a break for the wealthy, usually results in a first class plane ride to a secluded beach in a far away exotic land. No doubt the there’ll be a glamorous hotel to suit, but in the 1920’s taking a caravan away for the weekend was the height of luxury.

One of the first ever caravans built for the upper classes, nearly 90 years ago, was sold for nearly twice its estimate earlier this year. The ‘drawing room on wheels’ was sold for a very reasonable £11,500 at auction.

Caravans wouldn’t necessarily be associated with the rich nowadays, but in the 1920’s, the hobby was only undertaken by those who could afford the powerful Rolls Royce’s, which towed the awkward caravans.

But how does this early edition vary from modern caravans? Well its’ windows are made from lead and inside luxuries include a stove, gas lighting and oak furniture, which all contribute to this heavy unit. But it doesn’t stop there, there’s a curtained off lavatory, a wonderfully upholstered sofa-bed, cushions, carpet, a wooden clock and even a display cabinet.

The sale of the elegant Bertram Hutchings Voyageur is certainly an eye-opener to todays standards, not only from the solid build quality, but it’s as if the designer downscaled their idea of a house and placed some wheels beneath it. The two-berth would have originally cost £245 and there’s currently thought to be fewer than 100 left.