Britain's first motorhome to go to auction


A motorhome, which is believed the first built in the UK, is going to auction and is expected to reach at least £40,000.

Built in 1936 on a Pontiac Six chassis, the motorhome was coach-built by Russell's of Bexhill for naval peer Captain Dunn, who had the chassis transported especially.

Captain Dunn tasked Russell's to build a home onto the back of the Pontiac, which came with front wings, bonnet and scuttle, and the project was finished in early 1936.

The vehicle is fitted with all the home comforts of the period, including an oven, sink and toilet, which nowadays is a normality but at the time was very modern. The bed is underneath the double sofa at the rear of the vehicle and folds out.

Trimmed in mahogany throughout, it was very luxurious for the time and it also comes with original cutlery, tableware and pre-war British brands.

Due to the military man contracting polio, he was paralysed and the vehicle was created to allow him to access it, and when finished Captain Dunn toured Southern England with his wife.

After Dunn died in 1946 from the disease, the vehicle was maintained and cared for by his wife until 1991, when she died. The vehicle was left to her financial advisor, who then sold it to a caravan dealership owner for £6,000.

Andy Saunders, son of the dealership owner, then restored the vehicle to its original state, with new bits such as fresh paintwork and a new battery.

The vehicle has done less than 10,000 miles and is capable of 50mph.

It will be sold by auctioneer Bonhams at their Goodwood Revival sale on September 10th and is expected to make £40,000. The vehicle also comes with photo albums of the vehicle being used on holiday.

Britain’s first motorhome to go to auction

Britain’s first motorhome to go to auction

Written by Jack Healy