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Cel­e­bra­tion 480 (2009)

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Swift Cel­e­bra­tion 480 from 2009

Al­though it has been around for quite a few years now, the Cel­e­bra­tion can still make a good first-time buy, says Andy Jenk­in­son

DEALER SPE­CIALS SUCH as the Swift Cel­e­bra­tion, which has been around for a good few years, al­ways seem to gather some­thing of a fol­low­ing among those car­a­van­ners who are look­ing for that lit­tle bit ex­tra, but all at a price that doesn’t break the bank. The Cel­e­bra­tion is a good bet as a used buy, of­fer­ing ex­cel­lent kit and re­li­able qual­ity, even in older mod­els such as those from the 2009 range. The first Cel­e­bra­tions were based on the Ace Ju­bilee range, which had proved a pop­u­lar choice af­ter Swift re­launched the brand in 2001. Added to this, the Cel­e­bra­tion was pro­vided with some spec and fin­ish from the more up­mar­ket Ace Award. So by 2009 the spec level was re­ally im­pres­sive, with blown-air heat­ing, shower, oven, alarm, heavy-duty cor­ner stead­ies, bar­be­cue point, side wet locker, ex­trac­tor fan and al­loys. Model his­tory The Cel­e­bra­tion range was launched for 2005, with six lay­outs in the line-up. The 480, part of the range from day one, came with a front lounge and side dresser, with the kitchen op­po­site. The wash­room was lo­cated in the rear of the car­a­van. All based on the Al-ko chas­sis, the Cel­e­bra­tion line-up in­cluded a twin-axle six-berth fam­ily model. The range be­gan with the 480, fol­lowed by the 520, 500, 570, 490 and 590. By 2009 they all came with plenty of kit. A twist to the Cel­e­bra­tion’s his­tory can make things a bit con­fus­ing for po­ten­tial buy­ers. By Novem­ber 2008, with a re­ces­sion loom­ing, Swift had de­cided that the Ace, Abbey and Award names were to be axed, even though the 2009 mod­els had be­gun pro­duc­tion. By the end of 2008, the Ace range had in­deed been dis­con­tin­ued, but Swift’s Charisma re­placed many of their dealer spe­cials, in­clud­ing the Cel­e­bra­tion. So from 2010, the Charisma be­came the base for the Cel­e­bra­tion. Our ex­am­ple is from 2009, with an Ace Ju­bilee bodyshell.

FACT­FILE 2009 SwiftCel­e­bra­tion 480Price £7995Berths 2MIRO 1118kgPay­load 182kgMT­PLM 1300kgIn­ter­nal length 4.6mWidth 2.24mSeen at Swin­don Car­a­van Cen­tre, LOOK­ING BACK Full-height GRP back panel was em­ployed STEADY ON Heavy-duty cor­ner stead­ies were also an up­grade

BOL­STERED UP Seat­ing is from the Charisma, but with up­graded cor­ner bol­ster cush­ions LIGHT LOUNGELarge spa­cious front lounge has Heki roof vent above; plenty of over­head stor­age is pro­vided, too

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