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1930s Austin campervan.

What a stylish way to go on holiday! No queueing up at an airport or having to tow a hulking great caravan about for whoever owned this magnificent pre-war Austin. Daniel kindly sent over scans taken from a number of old photos he owns, and amongst them were various pictures of what are, probably, unique car-based campers. Very eye-catching is the Ford Model AA-based vehicle that features in photos on this page (and which miraculously survives to this day), but no less impressive is this very smartly-turned-out 1930s Austin, presumably that belonged to the same gent.
Alas nothing is known of this vehicle. Who made it? Who owned it? Where these two photos were taken? Which model of Austin is it based upon? All are questions that remain unanswered, unless anyone viewing this page can chip in with extra information? The chrome radiator, and lengthy wheelbase, may give clues as to which chassis was used during the build of this wonderful coachbuilt camper.
I cannot make out the Austin's registration unfortunately.
(Please click the thumbnail to view the full-size image.)
Austin camper
Photograph number two is a little shaky, but may help someone pin down the location for both images, even if it doesn't really add much detail to the Austin. One thing's for sure, it was a damp old day with little evidence of sunshine, or indeed people, in the vicinity. I wonder whether, like the Ford AA, this homely old Austin survived?
Front view of the camper
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