A cosy & authentic 1957 Alpine Sprite caravan restoration project

Today I want to share some lovely photos of my friend Lisa’s caravan with you. It’s a 1957 Sprite, very similar to my little vintage caravan, but even older! Here are plenty of before and after photos of the project for you to enjoy.Lisa and I first got chatting when she asked me about where I bought the trims for my caravan windows, and plenty of geeky trailer-chat ensued as we discussed our projects.Lisa has already put months of work into renovating her Sprite caravan, stripping it back to the bare metal before rebuilding the interior.The dark wood cupboards have been freshened up with a coat of bright white paint and new mosaic tiles have been fitted to create a practical kitchen area.Her project is a more authentic restoration project; she’s managed to keep a lot of the original cabinets – just look at the molded surrounds for crockery inside the cupboards!

The sink has been renewed but the original fridge is still in place, and I can see why: I’d love to have a retro aqua blue fridge in my own caravan!

I love the use of old maps and vintage luggage in this interior. It makes this caravan feel like it’s ready for adventure and wants to get on the road. And that bed looks like the ultimate in home-away-from-home comfort.

The interior is personalised with retro postcards and black and white photos, and the cutest ever nightlight – hundreds of tiny fairy lights in a big jar that looks just like trapped fireflies!

She plans to have the outside of the caravan sandblasted in the near future and has already picked out the ideal colour. Lisa is planning on using a duck-egg blue paint, aptly named “Sea Sprite”, and she hopes to combine this classic cream and glinting chrome ‘jewellery’. I think it’s going to look fantastic when finished and I’ll definitely share some more ‘after’ photos on the blog with you if Lisa sends over some pics once the paint-job is finished!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this nosey around Lisa’s little Sprite caravan today, and that it’s given you some inspiration for your own project, whether that’s a campervan, trailer or even shed! If you too are working on a project like this please let me know in the comments below, and if you’d like to be featured on the blog please email over some snaps to me – I’d love to see some photos!


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4 thoughts on “A cosy & authentic 1957 Alpine Sprite caravan restoration project

  1. Oh my goodness, I have this exact caravan that we just bought a couple of months ago. It was completely original… even had the original plates and cups in the little cupboard. We have not been able to figure out what year or model it is… there doesn’t seem to be many to compare it to.

  2. Hi John, wow your old caravan sounds amazing – I’ve never seen one with two doors on opposite sides before! The owner of this caravan is Lisa and she tells me that it’s an Alpine Sprite and that it dates back to 1957 – I think she is based in the US though so perhaps the designs there might have been different? Sorry I don’t know anything more about this particular renovation project 🙂

  3. Are you sure it’s a 1957 Alpine?
    My parents had one from before I was born until I was 24 so I almost grew up in it.
    It had 2 doors on opposite sides and the locks were basic Yale locks like you use on a house.
    I would say this one is at least 10 years younger and possibly is a musketeer as the roof seems to reverse its curve at one point.

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