1960s

The Casetta, Cosmopolitan, Caribbean and Continental were the mainstay of the 1960s production. Advances in technology and glass fibre-techniques led to the introduction of one of the first all fibreglass caravans within the introduction of the Carlight Casetta.

 

Glass-fibre laminates were adopted for the Casetta body exterior while ‘hidden’ fixing screws and beading resulted in clean, stylish lines. As with many Carlight predecessors, unique double-walling kept the cold at bay and the Casetta was promoted as being particularly suitable for “long-term habitation at home and abroad and in all seasons of the year”.

 

A radiant-heat gas fire, cocktail cabinet and unusually good soundproofing added to the luxury feel of the Caribbean, the most outstanding two-berth caravan of its time.

 

The four-berth Cosmopolitan was marketed as ideal for the “family man with a modest-sized car and children who are rapidly growing up”. It was effectively divided into two rooms because the kitchen area and units were placed in the middle of the caravan, enabling beds to be set up at each end to maximise privacy and minimise noise disturbance. A fridge was available as an optional extra.

 

Accommodating four people at ease was no problem in the Continental. Two spacious wardrobes and a full-height room divider provided ample storage and privacy for four adults. Designed for long periods of continuous use, the Continental also offered a fridge as an optional extra and could be towed by cars with 3 litres capacity.

 

Superlative living comfort coupled with impeccable road performance put the Carlight caravans of the 1960s into a class of their own.

 

A 1965 model 4-berth Continental cost £1,495 and a butane gas fridge cost an extra £39.

 

1970s