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Martin Walter

Martin Walter

Martin-Walter Ltd. was founded in 1773 as harness manufacturers. As the company grew they expanded to the building of carriages and coaches and later, at the dawn of the motoring age, the tradition continued, with the manufacture of bespoke coachwork on marques such as Daimler, Bentley, Rolls Royce and Mercedes-Benz. The company also designed and manufactured the famous Wingham Cabriolet, often featured on Vauxhall chassis, but also on Rolls-Royce.

In September 1937 Martin Walter Ltd. fused with Abbey Coachworks Ltd. to form Wingham Martin Walter Ltd. This enabled the new company to manufacture aircraft chairs of any required design.

During the early 1950's vehicle camping holidays became very popular in the UK. Martin-Walter changed its focus from coachbuilding to camper (caravan) conversions starting with the 1954 Bedford CA (a small van). The name was changed to Dormobile but a series of take-overs in the 60's, with the imposition of VAT and new package holidays led to difficult times and the final company "Dormobile Ltd." (Folkestone) concentrated on building Mini & Midi buses.

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