1 Aug 2014

Restoring retro caravans

From Nine To Noon, 9:33 am on 1 August 2014

Retro Caravans interior Concord Tandem
The renovated interior of a Concord Tandem. Photo by Don Jessen, used with permission.

See more photos in our gallery of retro caravans

Don Jessen is the photographer and author of a new book Retro Caravans - Vantastic Kiwi Collections (published by David Bateman) The book profiles the growing trend of restoring retro caravans to their former glory in NZ.

For Don, it's been a longstanding interest...

One day I spied this old, very old delapidated 1956 Liteweight caravan sitting in a commercial nursery and I ended up acquiring in and restoring it…and I guess my love for the vintage caravans started about then…  From there I realized other people were getting interested in these old vans as well.

Lynne Freeman talks to Don Jessen.