Sundial –Edgemont California
Also based on Panel Van distinctive features were 5 Jalousie windows. Kombi & Microbus were also converted. Walls paneled in Ash Plywood (like Westy) Vinyl Flooring.
Leading the Way – Westfalia Werks was founded by Johann Knobel in 1844, as a blacksmiths & agricultural tool factory. They made harnesses and horse-drawn carts. At the end of the 1920’s, Westfalia begain producing caravans & multi-purpose trailers. In 1953 the first Campng Box was introduced, it was basically a self-contained unit that fitted against the front bulkhead, with bench seating, a uni was in 3 sections.
The unit could double up for guests in the house, too!
From 1955 a full camping interior was available and by 1957 Westy had produced its 1,000th Camper conversion.
Beginning in 1959, a very different kind of camper was produced by Westy and quickly became the standard in design and fittings. There was a Standard and Deluxe version – the Deluxe included the rear cool box unit. They both included:
- Cabinets finished in plywood veneers
- Upholstery was in black check plaid, w/ matching curtains
- Seating arranged round the table
- 2 back cushions laying out on the dropped table to form bed
- Child’s hammock hooked around the back of the front seat
- Bottom bunk was the front seat
- A toiletry/washing unit was sited to the left of the loading doors
- The front of the unit was a shelved cupboard for storing the bowl & kitchen utensils
- On the side of the this unit was a flap-down shelf to hold a washing bowl
- The first cocktail cabinet had spun colored aluminum drink set: 6 oz cups & shot glasses
- 2 clamshell design side lights
- A wardrobe with dressing mirror was sited just inside the rear loading door
- Cargo net for shoes across the ceiling of the rear area
- Sisal carpet flooring was fitted in the load area & attached in place with press studs
- Marble mat (brown or green linoleum) was on the rear deck
- Tent awning was red & white stripe, held n place with special mounts on the roof & front bumper
- Roof rack was also available
That’s all for now folks, this is fun, fun, fun! I haven’t done a research project like this since I lived in the Yoga Ashram in Denton, Texas
and I was researching Buddism:)