The Devon conversion company has had association with VW since 1956. They were the official UK Volkswagen converters of type 2 vans from 1972 which they began producing in 1956/7. The company operated out of the ' Alexandria works in Sidmouth Devon, and later Exeter until 1985, when the company folded. The name was bought and the Devon company now operates further north in Ferryhill county Durham and have been doing so as a family firm for over 21 years. The original company was began by a chap called Jack White in a garden shed in Sidmouth, and traded as 'J P WHITE'. Jack was a carpenter builder with a passion for VW's. He began producing the caravette in earnest from his garden shed in 1956, moving into the Alexandria works, a former gasworks site at SidmoutH, with it's own railway sidings. In 1960. It employed 75 local tradesmen and were producing 1000 caravettes a year. Jack died in in 1963 from an heart attack whilst driving at the Alexandria works factory. The company was sold on by Jacks wife to the Renwick Wilton & Dobson Group who took on most of the staff and continued to trade under the J P White (Sidmouth) Ltd name until June 1971, when it was renamed 'Devon Conversions Ltd'. By 1972 the company was the official vw converter for the UK, and sold 3500 campervans per year. The company moved to Exeter in 1981, before finally going into voluntary liquidation in 1985. The end of an era in British campervan history. A VW being delivered to the works via train.. The gaswork site.. The original Devon company produced vw conversions from 1956. The range included the caravette, Like the Westfalia The caravette could be ordered with a Dormobile roof option. In 1956 a Devon VW type 2 conversion would cost you £200 plus the cost of a van, roughly £850 - An awful lot of money in those days, so only for the wealthy. The Devon conversion company carried on it's association with VW until 1985 when the company folded. The range of Devon conversions included names such as Caravette, Torvette. eurovette, sunlander , Moonraker, Devonette, Continental and Sundowner. In 1978 a Moonraker would set you back a whopping £5157.38p There seems to be a lot of Devon brochures about however like the Westfalia company pictures of the factory seem to be scarce. below is a brochure with a few factory picture from mid to late 70's. A early Devon caravette.. A later Devon Eurovette.. Please feel free to add your own pictures/ brochure etc to this thread, I know it isn't comprehensive and a lot of it people will already know a lot of this.. but with the right input it could be a very interesting thread indeed. A nice Torvette badge.