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1964 Mini Euxton Caraboot

There have been many weird and wacky Mini conversions over the years, but few can match the Caraboot. Built by Euxton Coachcraft Ltd in the village of Euxton in Lancashire, it combined an 850cc Mini van, a caravan / camper and a boat! Watch the amazing Pathe video from 1964 below to see just how it worked!

By means of a crank handle at the rear of the Mini van, the camper body moved rearwards along grooves attached to the Minivan. At a stroke, your mini was now considerably longer than when you left home - about 15ft all in and a fully fledged campervan. There was allegedly enough room to accommodate four in comfort, with four beds, a sink and stove.

The roof of the converted van itself, could be unscrewed and used as a two-man dinghy - watch to the end to see it on the water.

We're not sure how many were converted but at a "few hundred" pounds it sounds like a bargain! At least one still survives in the UK and was for sale a few years ago.

We can't imagine what the roadholding was like, or how you negotiated any sort of hill with the 850cc Mini engine powering this massive conversion, but it sure looks like fun!

We also tracked down this fabulous account of what it was like to take the Caraboot on a holiday in 1969!

  Comments on this article from our visitors

    Message posted by AUSTINS on 20/11/2017 20:10:33Report Post Report this
Amazing. Not quite sure how long it would take to get any distance in it, or fuel consumption for a longish journey.
But then again, life is all about the journey so it is said.
If one could be found today I dare say it would be more expensive than when built in the 1960's.

    Message posted by pnefan on 21/11/2017 16:57:54Report Post Report this
Nice to see Astley Hall, Chorley in tne back ground. The written account in the link says they picked up the hired Caraboot in Preston. I wonder if it was made in the area. Anyone know?

    Message posted by Geoff48 on 21/11/2017 17:57:34Report Post Report this
Don't know but maybe, the village of Euxton is next to Chorley.

    Message posted by Webmaster on 21/11/2017 19:31:35Report Post Report this
Quote: Originally posted by pnefan on 21/11/2017
Nice to see Astley Hall, Chorley in tne back ground. The written account in the link says they picked up the hired Caraboot in Preston. I wonder if it was made in the area. Anyone know?

The article states where it was made, in the village of the same name as the company - Euxton, in Lancs.

    Message posted by dinkum on 30/11/2017 09:00:24Report Post Report this
First time that I have seen one of these. Astonishing ! The idea is actually very clever. I wonder how the concept would translate to a modern, more powerful and economical base vehicle? I have sometimes toyed with the idea of carrying a canoe or preferably a small lightweight boat but it's not easy with a campervan with a caravan in tow.
Got to re-blog this one. Thanks for posting. Sometimes UKCampsite really turns up something very exceptional.Inspirational !

    Message posted by moorlander999 on 05/12/2017 00:00:16Report Post Report this
1) looks a bit draughty when the mini is pulled away leaving a very large hole :)

2) not much Clarence for movement on bumpy surfaces

Surprised it didn't go into mass production ( rolls eyes )

    Message posted by kiev on 05/12/2017 11:10:09Report Post Report this
I remember a Mini being converted with a slide out back to give decent sleeping accommodation,think it was called a Wildgoose. Any one track that one down with a picture,converters used to have imagination back in those days.

    Message posted by barry915 on 05/12/2017 12:00:19Report Post Report this
Just type in wiildgoose campervans and there are several pictures, it states that the cruising speed is about 50mph but it co7ld go up to 70!

    Message posted by moorlander999 on 05/12/2017 23:13:28Report Post Report this
70????! Steady on

    Message posted by pie#face on 06/12/2017 22:30:08Report Post Report this
Quote: Originally posted by moorlander999 on 05/12/2017
70????! Steady on

I can confirm that if you take an 850cc Mini up to 85 mph down a long steep hill it will indeed bend the push rods. mmm? how do I know this? An eighteen year old me discovered it.

    Message posted by Merfi on 29/03/2018 23:39:25Report Post Report this
Love it!! The sense of adventure, you just don't get it now, vehicles are all such high spec. none of the thrills of not knowing whether you would make it up the hill never mind down the other side.

    Message posted by Freedom 2 on 30/04/2018 11:17:52Report Post Report this
Just looked at a small video of an old caraboat caravan and thought the idea great and it wood be good to have an up to date model. So come on you manufacturing company's how about it🤔👍

    Message posted by focus61063 on 01/05/2018 19:50:04Report Post Report this
This was the American version the "Boaterhome" based on a Ford Econoline, use as a camper or boat;



    Message posted by Bramidan on 06/05/2019 19:35:24Report Post Report this
What I love about this is one of the blokes has a collar and tie on to go camping!

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