The big story Clas­sic camper val­ues

Val­ues strengthen as ‘stay­ca­tion’ breaks rise in pop­u­lar­ity

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‘There’s al­ways an or­derly queue for good-con­di­tion camper vans’

Mar­ket ex­perts are high­light­ing his­toric camper vans – which are in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar with mem­bers of the pub­lic us­ing them for ‘stay­ca­tions’ – as a rapidly grow­ing part of the clas­sic mar­ket.

A surge in pop­u­lar­ity for UK-based hol­i­days has pushed of­fer­ings like Volk­swa­gen’s T2, Bed­ford’s CA and Citroën’s C15 to­wards a more main­stream sec­tion of buy­ers look­ing to use them as fash­ion­able mo­bile homes, so the once-sea­sonal fluc­tu­a­tions in price and de­mand are be­com­ing less pro­nounced.

Clas­sic Car Auctions sales man­ager Gary Dunne says that clas­sic campers aren’t solely for the sum­mer, and that all-year­round ap­peal means they’ll sell across the sea­sons.

‘There ap­pears to be a num­ber of peo­ple in­vest­ing in con­ver­sions of newer and older mod­els, so choice seems to be boom­ing. Camper vans will al­ways have a sub­stan­tial fol­low­ing and the Volk­swa­gen brand in general has a cult ap­peal,’ he says. ‘Lots of peo­ple are in­vest­ing in the clas­sic type as they see the op­por­tu­nity to have one for a few years. Should they wish to move up­wards to newer or more valu­able ones then there is the po­ten­tial to gain value or at least min­imise any fu­ture loss.’

There is a rea­son­ably good choice of clas­sic campers for would-be own­ers and while VWs in ‘split­tie’ and ‘ bay win­dow’ form make up a large num­ber of campers in clas­sic sales, there are many other pop­u­lar and un­ususal mod­els to be had.

But it’s not just hol­i­days that prove the worth of a clas­sic camper – so too can days out, as Derek Mathew­son of York­shire-based Mathew­sons ex­plains. ‘They are in the mi­nor­ity on any nor­mal show field, mak­ing them

quite in­ter­est­ing view­ing com­pared with the masses of 1970s’ sports cars. And when you get to an event that needs a tea or burger van... you’ve al­ready got one. Just step in the back and pop the ket­tle on!

‘ You can’t re­ally go far wrong. There’s al­ways an or­derly queue for a good-con­di­tion camper van.’

While there’s no longer a sea­sonal as­pect to camper sales, Bri­tain is un­likely to move back to the era be­fore over­seas pack­age hol­i­days be­came the de­fault op­tion. Campers will re­tain their ex­clu­siv­ity.

Auc­tion­eers re­port that the sea­sonal fluc­tu­a­tions in de­mand for campers is dis­ap­pear­ing, with Volk­swa­gen mod­els like the T2 per­form­ing par­tic­u­larly well.

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