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#1 WesleyP

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 09:05 AM

Just been watching the Caravan Show on the Discovery Turbo Channel, featuring the renovation of a double deck caravan from the early 50's. It had an extra double bed section overhead at one end of the caravan. It looked a brilliant idea! Has it been done again since? Surely it would not be any higher than a large motorhome with sleeping space above the drivers cab?

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 09:09 AM

Just been watching the Caravan Show on the Discovery Turbo Channel, featuring the renovation of a double deck caravan from the early 50's. It had an extra double bed section overhead at one end of the caravan. It looked a brilliant idea! Has it been done again since? Surely it would not be any higher than a large motorhome with sleeping space above the drivers cab?



The Swedish manufacturer Kabe Used to make one.



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Posted 07 October 2009 - 09:23 AM

The Swedish manufacturer Kabe Used to make one.



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Posted 07 October 2009 - 10:18 AM

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Brilliant! Come on Swift - you GOT to do that model in 2011!!! :)

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 10:33 AM

All it needs is a removable hull and outboard motor then you could forget about ferry crossing prices :D Not sure I would want to be first to try it though.

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 10:59 AM

All it needs is a removable hull and outboard motor then you could forget about ferry crossing prices :D Not sure I would want to be first to try it though.



Ex works nose weight of 3g. :)

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 11:42 AM

Here's the original - Berkeley Statesman 1951
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Posted 07 October 2009 - 11:46 AM

Here's the original - Berkeley Statesman 1951
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I wonder what £1075 then would be worth today?

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 11:56 AM

I wonder what £1075 then would be worth today?

£25,290 using the Retail Price Index - or - £74,141 using Average Earnings - from this website http://www.measuring....com/index.html

It's mind-boggling to think that real earnings and standard of living has nearly tripled in 58 years.

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 12:48 PM

And only £10 purchase tax on £1065 = 0.93%. Address... Gt Portland Street London = expensive

Very close to where I lived in the late 40's, a workshop, which I think may have been Berkeley, built "mobile homes" from surplus aircraft aluminium. Didn't Berkeley also build a small three wheeled car?

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 12:54 PM

And only £10 purchase tax on £1065 = 0.93%. Address... Gt Portland Street London = expensive

Didn't Berkeley also build a small three wheeled car?

Yes, a three-wheel sports car with a Villiers 2-stroke engine, could be driven on a motorbike licence at 16 - there was also a four-wheel version.

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 01:27 PM

Actually back in the fifties the top end of Great Portland Street along with a few others including Warren Street were where all the second hand car sales men hung out - it only became 'posher' in the sixties and seventies when 'regeneration' took place!

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 02:10 PM

Portland Street was only their registered address, the caravans and cars were built in Biggleswade, Beds.

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 03:10 PM

LOL, the statesman has a "real coal fire" in the lounge!
not sure id fancy that in my bailey :lol:

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 04:30 PM

Yep - the coal bunker is on wheels and towed behind caravan.Posted Image

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 07:59 PM

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 08:23 PM

Its the negative nose weight that would concern me!!

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 08:26 PM

Its the negative nose weight that would concern me!!

the noseweight isnt negative, there is a hot tub placed at the nose end with 500litres of water in! :lol:

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 09:09 PM

the noseweight isnt negative, there is a hot tub placed at the nose end with 500litres of water in! Posted Image



Would'nt want to fill that up with a 40 ltr aqua rollPosted Image

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 09:57 PM

Yes, a three-wheel sports car with a Villiers 2-stroke engine, could be driven on a motorbike licence at 16 - there was also a four-wheel version.


Hi Roger.

It was'nt a Villiers engine.
Berkley Cars were produced between October 1956 and December 1960 by Berkeley Coachworks at their Hitchin Street, Biggleswade factory in Bedfordshire.
Designed by Laurie Bond of Minicar fame, the original Berkeley “Sports” introduced in 1956 was a lightweight two-seat,3 wheel sports car powered by a 322cc Anzani two-stroke twin producing 15 bhp. Initial difficulties with supply and performance resulted in a change in January 1957 to the Excelsior Talisman Twin two-stroke of 328cc, with a 20% increase in power to 18bhp.

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