Britain’s oldest motorhome sells for £34,000

Britain’s oldest motorhome sells for £34,000

One of the very first motorhomes in the United Kingdom has sold at auction for a pretty penny at the Goodwood Revival.

Motorhomes aren’t often lauded for their stylish qualities but one very special specimen caught the attention of attendees at the UK’s biggest golden age motor sports festival. An 80 year old Pontiac Six, one of Britain’s earliest motorhomes, has sold for £34,000 after it went under the hammer at the Goodwood Revival. When the vehicle first came into the country in 1935, it was nothing more than a driveable chassis - it received a custom conversion to its current form by a coachbuilder shortly after arriving in the UK. Since then the motorhome has been meticulously maintained, despite only being driven 9,205 miles. 


In addition to being a fascinating slice of history in its own right, the motorhome also came with a number of relics from its youth in the 1930’s, includings original crockery and cutlery, antique tins of grapefruit, packets of jam and even a photo album featuring travel snaps from the motorhome’s first owner. In spite of the vehicle’s age, it still drives smoothly thanks to regular maintenance and care over the many decades, giving the lucky buyer (who preferred to remain anonymous) a chance to enjoy a genuine antique motorhoming experience.


Not everyone has a cool £34,000 to drop on a motorhome, and even modern motorhomes can end up costing a pretty packet but that doesn’t mean that the joys of motorhoming are out of reach for the average person. In fact, taking a campervan vacation can be one of the most affordable ways to holiday, when you opt for a motorhome rental. Neatly rolling accommodation and transportation into one bundle, heading away in a motorhome rental gives you a lot more freedom to explore than you get with a standard kind of holiday. Whether you’re heading deep into a wilderness you’ve never seen before or slowly travelling up a familiar and well loved coastline, doing so in a campervan offers a unique holiday experience. 


Of course, sometimes it can be hard to break out of our steady vacation routines, so if you’re a little unsure where go to exercise your newfound freedom, take a look over these itineraries specifically designed for motorhome rental travellers. From the green fields of England to the glaciers of Iceland, the alpine vistas of New Zealand and beyond, these guides provide a framework for holidaymakers to adapt as they wish, saving hours of research while still allowing for the flexibility travel that motorhome holidays do so well.


Written By: Kristof Haines

It’s funny how motorhome memories stick with you. I can still recall a motorhome vacation my family took when I was five years old and how awesome I thought I was, tucked away in a loft bed above the cab. From revealing unique destinations to providing tips and tricks, it’s my mission to help others build great motorhome memories too.