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.
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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
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George Catt at Silverstone
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The initial production 3-wheel 328c
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"The Bandit", featuring a Ford 105E engine (this picture was taken in Old Warden)
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Berkeley dealer Jempsons in Portsmouth
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Designer Laurie Bond & Berkeley MD Charles Panter
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Completed caravans awaiting delivery
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The Caravan Show at Earls Court
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Publicity photos for the Micro Caravan called the Caravette -  shot in the MD's garden & featuring his family
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Caravan

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.

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Sid Durrant at the wheel - Old Warden Aerodrome
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Excelsior 492cc - Shot at Old Warden
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