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Alperson Products

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October 1952. Sprite Mk 2 and Sprite Major Mk 2.
October 1953. Sprite Mk 2, Sprite Major Mk 2, Colt and Elizabethan.
September 1954.
October 1955. Sprite 14, Sprite Major Mk 4, Elizabethan.
October 1965.
Oct 1966.

of Newmarket

Makers of Sprite Caravans

c1947 Founded by Sam and Henry Alper.

c1949 The Sprite model was introduced.

Alperson soon became the dominant UK caravan manufacturer. Sam Alper was focused on growing the company through construction that reduced the cost of caravans and exportation.

By the 1950s, Sprite Caravans were being exported to over 15 different countries.

1960 Took over Eccles Caravans.

1963 Merged with Bluebird Caravans and the company changed its name to Caravans International.

1966 Caravans International received a Queen's Award for industry for export in respect of Sprite Caravans[1]

By the 1970s Sprite caravans were being produced in Germany, Italy, South Africa and New Zealand, but CI faced fierce competition at home and abroad and that combined with the 70s recession, reached a low point in the business.

1982 Caravans International went into liquidation, but reformed as a new smaller company with the same name.

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Sources of Information

  1. The London Gazette 15 April 1966