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Imagine: it's a gorgeous summer's evening and the beach is beginning to empty as holidaymakers return to their B&B's and hotel rooms. But you have a choice, they don't. Do you jump into the van and travel to a different part of the county to watch the sun come up on yet another deserted beach? Or do you prepare your meal in the van, open a bottle of chilled wine and watch the sun go down where you are? Life's full of difficult choices. Easy to find, O’Connors Campers are close to Exeter, only minutes off the A30, 5 minutes from spectacular Dartmoor, 15 minutes from the Cornish border and 40 minutes from either the rugged North Devon coast or the more picturesque East coast. Offering a choice of 15 beautifully restored vans (ranging from 2 - 6 berth), all their 1960’s and 1970’s vans are right-hand-drive English vans that have been rebuilt in O’Connors very own workshop, all with new engines.
Welcome to Barbarella. Like her famous cinematic namesake she floats, as though weightless, through the furthest reaches of Devon and Cornwall, exploring new frontiers and boldly going where no van has gone before. Remember Barbarella was pioneering the age of exploration two long years before the first man strolled on the moon. So go on, hire an historic piece of the space race.
Well that’s a mouth full but O'Connors needed a name that conjured up the heritage of this king of VW vans. He is a 1965 original English RHD 21 window deluxe Samba. Rescued from a certain death at the hands of rust, he is now ready to give you a right royal holiday in Devon and Cornwall. Fitted with a 2 berth interior, 21 gorgeous little windows (some of which feature in the roof), and a vast full length sun roof, he is the epitome of summer holidays.
Fancy a bit of Battenberg? Lovely cake. Lovely van. Battenberg (the van) is a 1962 right hand drive splitscreen from the hot and sunny climes of South Africa. He has a very small back window and bullet indicators (that's just for you VW aficionados out there). When O'Connors got him he was given a full respray, new interior, new engine and is looking good enough to eat. The name just seemed to fit with their image of the vans as a little quirky and a little tasty. So go on - choose Battenberg the king of cakes, I mean vans.
I am Spartacus
Welcome to the dashing, 'I am Spartacus'. OK, we know he doesn't benefit from that gorgeous dimple in his chin. Nor does he wear sandals. But he enjoys sand and is a van of integrity. I am Spartacus has a gorgeous new interior & a 3/4 width double rock n' roll bed downstairs. He believes in your right to freedom and is willing to lay down his facilities to ensure you get it. "To freedom." "To holidays." "To escape." "Book: I am Spartacus."
Jackie Brown is a 1979 right hand drive Devon conversion and was so named because she was very, very, very 1970’s brown and beige. She served O'Connors Campers well but they decided that the colour scheme had to go. Kackie Brown was fitted a new interior in 2008 and resprayed her a gorgeous pale lilac blue and white. The colour is a bit like a Swiss chocolate bar and Jackie Brown looks just as edible.
Kissinger has been on the fleet since the very beginning & continues to bring smiles and happiness wherever he trundles! He's a right hand drive 1967 splitscreen van with an original Canterbury Pitt conversion. O'Connors ran a 'Name the Van' competition in the summer of 2006, and 'Kissinger' was chosen from the 3,000 entries. He is also a bit of a celebrity being featured for over a decade in the cartoon strip "Gemma Bovery" by Posy Simmonds in the Guardian during the 1970's and 1980's.
Max Cherry came to O'Connors after a lovers' tiff. I don't know if I should be telling you this - oh to hell with it. Max was bought by (let's just call him 'The Man') for (we'll call her 'The Woman') as a token of love. But 'The Woman' found he (Max) was just a little too 'Red' for her liking. So the 'Man,' sold him to O'Connors. 'The Woman' is now not 'The Woman' but 'The Ex-Woman' and 'The Man' is very happy with 'The New Woman'. Max is still too 'Red' but just pleased that he has been placed with O'Connors for safe keeping.
Mr Orange is so named because he is a great big orange van. His orange-ness slaps your eyes like the Tango advert slapped your head. He is also six berth. He is a 1979 right hand drive 'Viking' conversion with four solid bunks in his cavernous roof and a 3/4 width double bed downstairs. Mr Orange is currently modelling some rather eye-catching front seat covers, which he is very proud of: don't forget your sunglasses!
Nice Guy Eddie
In this modern frenetic, advertising-led world of ours some things don’t need to be pushed, or sold, they don’t need that strap line or a sound bite. What they are, and what they do stands out, it speaks for itself and I’m going to let Nice Guy Eddie do just that. “Hi, hire me, I’m nice.” There you have it. Nice Guy Eddie offers a 3/4 width bed downstairs and a double bed upstairs. He can also be fitted with the child cab bunk suitable for children 3 to 7 years old.
Noddy Windsor is a 1967 right hand drive splitty, with an original Canterbury Pitt interior. He was welcomed onto the fleet in 2008 and has since been extremely popular with our customers. In his youth, he appeared on the front page of Camper and Commercial and even starred in a range of greetings cards, so he is quite accustomed to all the attention. His eye-catching lime green coat is actually a Porsche colour: Noddy thinks it makes him more racey!
Ordell was a proud 1972 right hand drive Deluxe sunroof van with all the chrome bling associated with the 'Deluxe' VW Campervan. O'Connors Campers bought him in 2005 after he blew a piston and his owner decided he was actually more suited to a Nissan Micra. He (Ordell, not the previous owner) was in pretty good shape, just needing some new doors, a new engine and some TLC. He now has an elevating roof fitted with an extra double bed - ideal for a family getaway.
Rosie’s story is a Cinderella-style tale of rags to riches (or rust to renovation). She spent years locked up in a garage, unloved and forgotten until she was finally rescued, as a project in 2008. She was restored over the summer of 2010 and sprayed a lovely green and white. In the spring of 2012, Visit England was searching for a suitable camper for a 10 week adventure following the route of the Olympic flame. The glass slipper fitted and Rosie was given a beautiful new coat for her adventure.
Norm is under-going a bit of a transformation! This winter (2014) he will be sprayed pink and white! Norm will become Norma! No longer shall this camper be mistaken for Spartacus or Uma. The future is bright: the future is....pink! Shiny Norman offers a 3/4 width bed downstairs and 2 hammocks and a single child's bunk upstairs. He is right hand drive and he also comes with the usual facilities O'Connors offers, included in the price. His CD player has aux for ipod.
Uma is a right hand drive 1972 Westfalia. Her name came about because, like in the film, she was resurrected from near death. After failing her MOT in 1996, she was being used as a log store and habitat for all sorts of interesting wildlife. When O'Connors bought her in 2005 she was in a pretty bad shape but after replacing her bottom six inches, fitting new doors, footsteps, front panel, rear wheel-arches, corners, battery trays, etc, etc she was reborn as the sexy yellow gorgeousness that she is now.
This is the official VW campervan conversion so it comes with all the mod-cons that you would expect from VW, including heating, modern economical diesel engines and front seats which swivel to maximise on space - luxury on wheels! The great news is that these campervans are not restricted to hires within Devon & Cornwall. These lovely California campervans can be taken to the far reaches of Scotland, or even over to explore the rest of Europe (O'Connors are covered for hires within all EU countries).
VW California B
O'Connors now have two of these official VW campervan conversions! They come with all the mod-cons that you would expect from VW, including heating, modern economical diesel engines and front seats which swivel to maximise on space - luxury on wheels! These campervans have two double beds and can sleep four adults. With the addition of a fifth removable seat, five people can travel safely and comfortably.
Wolverine is a superhero. He survived in a small cramped garage for fifteen years. His tyres had long given up the struggle to hold air, his interior became damp and a host for alien life. But then fate, a strong Easterly wind and crumbling cement took a hand and the wall of his prison came tumbling down. He was bathed in glorious sunlight and he knew he was going to survive. O'Connors dropped everything and fought their way through traffic until they saw him; a true survivor, a true friend, a true superhero.