Berkeley Coachworks.............
Berkeley Coachworks produced Caravans and Cars in Hitchin Street, Biggleswade from 1947 to 1960
Although they are remembered for the cars that were probably ahead of their time, Berkeley's main
business was as a caravan producer.
Next Page
berkeley1.jpg (51010 bytes)
Managing Director Charles Panter (taken behind the Berkeley factory). The Prefabs of Holme Crescent
can be seen in the background, also the large buildings of Weatherly/Cincinnati Engineering Factory
berkeley2.jpg (30777 bytes)
George Catt at Silverstone
berkeley3.jpg (37473 bytes)
The initial production 3-wheel 328c
berkeley4.jpg (38625 bytes)
"The Bandit", featuring a Ford 105E engine (this picture was taken in Old Warden)
berkeley5.jpg (39015 bytes)
Berkeley dealer Jempsons in Portsmouth
berkeley6.jpg (48108 bytes)
Designer Laurie Bond & Berkeley MD Charles Panter
Berkeley24.jpg (33060 bytes)
Completed caravans awaiting delivery
Berkeley21.jpg (48124 bytes)
The Caravan Show at Earls Court
berkeley9.jpg (38550 bytes)
Publicity photos for the Micro Caravan called the Caravette -  shot in the MD's garden & featuring his family
berkeley10.jpg (44300 bytes)


Moving house: the Berkeley Caravette of 1955


This sales leaflet shows the versatile Berkeley Caravette, designed for the owner of a small car or a motorcycle combination. The Caravette was demountable; the chassis could be used as a trailer. For extra space, there was a specially-designed awning tent.

Charles Panter experimented with a pressed steel tourer, the Berkeley Europa. The model had its problems, however, and production costs were high.


The Argosy, a low-cost model from Berkeley - a distinctive van with curvy lines. The price was kept down by using ‘off-cuts’ from the Berkeley range.

berkeley11.jpg (46328 bytes)
Sid Durrant at the wheel - Old Warden Aerodrome
berkeley13.jpg (52762 bytes)
Excelsior 492cc - Shot at Old Warden
berkeley12.jpg (35234 bytes)
Next Page