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The story of Sprite Caravans

The story of Sprite Caravans

By Andrew Jenkinson
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Paperback • 20.7x25cm • 206 pictures

ISBN: 978-1-845843-58-8

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• First UK book dedicated to one caravan brand
• Rare archive photos of US Sprites from the '60s & '70s
• Explains why Sprite was so successful
• Author knew Sprite founder Sam Alper OBE
• Access to Sam Alper’s archive granted to author
• Explains how the Sprite brand achieved massive sales
• Factory shots of Sprites being produced in '50s/'60s
• Rare archive photos of Sprites
• Explains how Sprite brought innovations to the rest of industry
• Written by UK caravan expert


This book tells of the story of Sprite caravans, from early primitive designs to the sophisticated Sprite of today. It describes how one man – Sam Alper OBE – was driven to provide the caravanning public with cheap affordable holidays, by bringing the VW/Ford mass-production ethos to the caravan industry.


The first book written on Sprite Caravans, and the first UK book to cover one brand of touring caravan.
Sprite became the caravan that brought many families into the hobby from the early 1950s, and this book examines just how prolific the brand was, not only in the UK, but on a global basis too. It tells how Sprite mastered mass production in caravans, and how it pioneered rigorous testing procedures, with plenty of illustrations of this taking place.
Sam Alper OBE, the founder of Sprite, marketed caravanning as a pastime, and proved that caravans were safe and easy to tow, with simple designs both inside and out that could also be appealing to buyers. Much of the rare promotional mock-up material he used to do this is reproduced in the book, along with rare press shots of stars from the Carry On films, some of which featured Sprite Caravans. Comprehensive, unique, and totally up-to-date, this is essential reading for enthusiasts.

Independent Reviews

'The Story of Sprite Caravans' traces the development of Sprite tourers from their conception in the post-war era right up to the present day. Written by Andy Jenkinson, the U K's foremost caravan historian and a regular contributor to Scottish Caravanner, it is authoritative, meticulously researched and lovingly presented.'
Scottish Caravanner

'Anyone that has happy memories of caravanning in a Sprite will want this book as a keepsake and hand it down to the next generation.'
Caravan Cruise Ireland

'Comprehensive, unique, and totally up-to-date, this is essential reading for enthusiasts.'
Caravan News

'The first UK book dedicated to a single caravan brand, it is worth buying also for the treasury of wonderful old photographs and illustrations, many of which are seeing the light of day for the first time. Whether you're a classic caravan enthusiast, a historian or a Sprite owner, you'll find it an interesting and often surprising read.'
Scottish Caravanner

'... a comprehensive insight into the four distinct periods, in the history of Sprite.'

Additional Information

Models covered: Alpine, Aerial, Cadet, CI Group,Colt, Countryman, Escort, Fenman, Finesse, 400, Major, Musketeer, Sprint, Streamlite.


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