Swift caravan windows
In 1947, Henry Alper's company Alperson Products started producing caravans. Streamlite was used as a brand name until 1950. Soon Sam Alper also joins his brother's company. Henry leaves the company when Sam strives for a lighter and cheaper caravan that can be pulled by a normal car: this will be the Sprite. Between 1952 and 1957, production increased from 1000 to almost 2500 pieces per year.
In 1959 the name Alperson Products is changed to Sprite Ltd. In August 1960, Sprite bought the rights from Eccles Caravans. Eccles is the oldest caravan brand in Europe, founded in 1919 by Bill Riley in Birmingham with a production of 50 units in that year. In 1963 Sprite, together with Eccles, produced more than 10,000 caravans of which 4,700 were exported. On July 23, 1963, Sprite and Bluebird Caravans merge, a new holding company was born: CI-Caravans International. It is immediately the largest factory in Europe. In 1964 both Sprite South Africa and Gipsey South Africa become part of CI. Later that year the German Wilk will follow. In 1965 CI also takes over Fairholme Caravans. In 1967, expansion in the US followed by first taking over Decamp and in 1968 Phoenix USA: in 1972 these two companies were sold with the new American company name Sprite Manufacturing Co, in which CI later again has a 20 percent interest. In 1969, the Alpine model alone sold 7337 units. In 1969 production of Sprites starts at Wilk (CI Sport and in 1974 CI Safari). Tour-a-Way Caravans (SA) joins CI in 1971, Munro Caravans (New Zealand) follows in 1972. The 1974 energy crisis caused production to drop by 40 percent and 180 employees were laid off. In 1975 production starts in Italy: Riviera / CI and Albatross Industies, Australia joins. In 1976 production starts in Sweden: Sävsjö. Coventry Steel Caravans (GB) joins in 1977 and Cooper Coachworks (GB) in 1979. Bluebird is sold in 1981. On December 17, 1982, CI was run aground with a loss of £ 3.15 million. Sam Alper leaves the company. The conglomerate is falling apart. A rescue package is set up with financing company Commercial & Industrial Securities Ltd (CIS) and the company is renamed CI Caravans. The company is only a fraction of the size it once was. CIS already owns Bluedbird, BK Caravans and Wonderland Holidays. In 1991, the company ran into problems again and - supported by a Scandinavian company - a management buy-out was made whereby the name CI disappeared. The new company name is Sprite Leasure Ltd. Very unexpectedly, Swift Leasure took over Sprite in 1994 and renamed the company Sterling. Brand and rank names: Sterling, Sprite (export), Eccles and Europe. The Newmarket factory is closed. Swift started an offensive back in 1989 by taking over Cotswold and 1992 from Abbey. The Europe brand name was only used for two seasons (1994-1995) within the Dutch dealer organization. The Europa Classic is called Sprite Classic from 1996. The Euroland, in 1993/94 by Swift as the second brand in the Netherlands, becomes a range within Sprite in 1996. Although the Sprite brand name never disappears from mainland Europe, this brand name is not reintroduced in the UK until 2004.
Ordering caravanwindow for Swift
Does your Swift caravan need new caravan windows? Please contact Willemsen Caravans. We are happy to help you with the purchase and installation of the new window. You can contact us via the contact page or by filling in the quotation form on the website. On this quotation form you need to describe your window in detail so that we can find the right window for your Swift caravan.