After spending some years in the UK growing up, versions of these Commer vans were a regular sight for me. This particular version was originally a camper, and it needs some work, but it’s hard to argue with the opening price here on eBay of $500 with no reserve. The van is located in Grants Pass. Oregon.
You are correct if you’ve looked at that top and deduced that it will pop up. There’s a couple of different types, but here’s a picture of one you may want to take a look at to see what they look like. I’ll be honest, I’ve only seen a couple of these vans in the US, and I think it could be a really cool camper. The vans of this type were actually produced from 1960 to 1983, with many of the last ones becoming telephone service vans in their homeland. The somewhat narrow track is due to it being based on (despite the forward control layout) the Hillman and Humber sedans produced by Rootes UK. As Rootes was purchased by Chrysler, Commer vehicles were later badged as Chryslers and Fargos.
Unfortunately, all is not rosy with the Commer. As you can see, there’s some…okay, a lot of issues on the right side. And it doesn’t stop there.
The inside, well, let’s just say it’s awful. I don’t know what happened to the original interior, but it should look something like this. On the other hand, that means you have a blank slate, right?
The dash, however, looks fairly intact. The Commer is a four speed manual.
The 1725 cc four-cylinder would be familiar to any Sunbeam Alpine owner, although it’s not as aggressively tuned. Just like the Westfalias, the Commer is not going to be the fastest vehicle around, but I don’t think that’s the point with an RV like this anyway! What do you think?