The 1914 Model T motor caravan could be the oldest motorhome in the world


Right now, somewhere in the world, an RV manufacturer is placing an order for a new 2022 Ford Transit Chassis Cab. It will serve as the basis for an all-new motorhome, and you know what? Things weren’t so different over 100 years ago when this 1914 Ford Model T Motor Caravan was built. Well, maybe it’s a little different.

For starters, this is a legit 108-year-old motorhome and could be the oldest such vehicle still in existence according to Bonhams. It was custom built in 1914 shortly before the outbreak of World War I, using a modified Ford Model T chassis which was lengthened and strengthened. Notice we didn’t say cabin chassis, because the Model T didn’t really have a cabin, just a short body. The custom motorhome body included provisions for the driver, which in 1914 essentially meant a large picture window and a leather sofa in the front.

As for the body, it’s actually woody in every sense of the word because hey, that’s how you build a house. The floors are polished pine, with large wooden beams serving as the main structure for the sides and the roof. Compared to a modern Transit motorhome, this century-old Ford is hugely spacious, but it also lacks conveniences like a bathroom or running water. However, the trade-off is four berths, a large table, tons of storage space, including a massive wooden chest of drawers, and yes, a large wood-burning stove for cooking and heating.

By Bonham, the custom campervan body was built by Dunton of Reading in the UK. The history of this early Model T is a bit hazy from there, although it is believed to have been sold at some point in the 1920s and eventually discontinued. It was rediscovered in the 1970s in Shepperton, not far from London city center and restored to its original state within four years. It will be auctioned on September 10 and is expected to fetch between $22,000 and $35,000.


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