An Auto-Sleeper History

So, do we really know about this Auto-Sleeper History and how it all began? Today they have a great range of motorhomes, both coachbuilt and van conversions. Clearly the story goes on and that is a great story, with great manufacturer and partners current and historic;

  1. Bedford.
  2. Austin.
  3. Commer.
  4. Ford
  5. Mercedes Benz.
  6. Peugeot.
  7. Fiat.
  8. Volkswagen.

Making Motorhomes of Excellent From 1961

That certainly is some sort of record and makes you think back. The swinging sixties, pop music and mods and rockers. All part of our culture and history. What it must have been like back then? So, take a look at the video and drift back in time.

Auto-Sleeper History

So, what do you know about the Auto-Sleeper History? Not a lot or do you know that they are a UK based manufacturer. They are indeed a great tradition of motorhome manufacturers. Making motorhomes of excellence.

How Did it Start?

Back in the swinging 60’s in fact in 1961. The Trevelyan family were looking for a different type of holiday? Something that their two young sons could join in with. So, Mr Trevelyan came up with a great idea to built their own motorhome. Bare in mind back then caravans were all the rage. In fact every man and his dog had a caravan? So, this was certainly one of the first motorhomes and something to change holidays forever!

Autosleeper Models

The idea was simple and was based on a Morris Commercial J2 van. Now the destination back then was even more exotic that the vehicle itself! That destination involved quite a journey as they took off on holiday to the South of France.

Holiday Over

Having had a really good experience, the idea grew. On return they converted an Austin van, and this got the attention of the van and car dealer Henlys in Bristol. Five orders were placed and Auto-Sleepers was born. More help was needed and so the business grew. There are many key dates of doing all sorts of great things many that were groundbreaking.

  • Adoption of the successful monocoque body
  • Auto-Sleepers clamshell design, based on a Volkswagen Transporter (T4) chassis
  • Developed rapidly becoming a market leader in the United Kingdom
  • Van conversion specialists

The Trevelyan family sold the business in 1997 to Steven Riley and Bill Cook, whilst retaining a small shareholding themselves. In 2000 the company was sold to Ian Capes and Stuart Johnson, whose Marquis company in 2005 was acquired by the Italian motorhome manufacturing company SEA Group. Today the Auto-Sleeper company in 2017 sold a controlling interest to the Trigano Group.

See the Auto-Sleeper History Video

The video is a great history of the story of Auto-Sleepers. That history and service continues with its dealers. There are a number od Autosleeper dealers in the UK.

Auto-Sleeper History

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Well being a leading Auto-Sleepers dealer here at SMS motorhomes in Newark. In fact, we hope to see the next 54 years selling Autosleepers. That is how long Autosleepers, have been doing an amazing job, manufacturing motorhomes. Always a great stock of Auto-Sleeper motorhomes brand new and used here in Newark upon Trent. Contact us 01636 670 760.

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