Could this be the UK’s first motorhome?

Motorhomes have really taken off in the UK over the last few decades and you can now see more and more of them on the roads. Surprisingly though it is thought the very first incarnation of a motorhome arrived in the UK in 1935. Perhaps even more surprisingly is the fact that this 80 plus year old vehicle still exists and is wonderfully preserved.

The motorhome in question is a Pontiac Six chassis that was shipped from America to Bexley-on-Sea in the 30s by Captain Dunn, a local naval aristocrat. When the vehicle arrived he tasked a firm of local coachbuilders (Russell’s Coachworks of Bexhill) to create a home in the back of the vehicle so that it could be driven around.

The vehicle has been well cared for over the years, following the death of Captain Dunn in 1946. Many aspects of it are untouched, leaving the original wood panelling, furnishings, cutlery, and oven. The motor is also original and in fantastic condition. Mrs. Dunn is said to have turned it over each month until she passed away in the 1991. The vehicle has done less than 10,000 miles.

The motorhome is an amazing combination of English and American styles, bringing together Art Deco and classic British features. It truly is a unique, one of a kind vehicle.

Surprisingly the motorhome is being put up for sale on September 10th. It is expected to sell for around £40,000 but it is difficult to put an accurate estimate on a vehicle that is so unique and appealing. The motorhome will be sold as it is, including the original features, maps and guides used by Captain Dunn when taking it on holiday, and four books of pictures taken on these trips. The latter means the wonderful story will be preserved.

At Motorhome Hire we have a passion for these incredible vehicles and help people to arrange the perfect holiday in one. Although we deal with much newer vehicles than the Pontiac we can appreciate how special it is. We hope it gets a fantastic new home and is treasured for many more years to come.