Audi 100 Camper Conversion Is A Glorious Slice Of 1980’s RV Life

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Guys, stop your disbelief for a moment. Apparently, there was a time in the early 1980s when one could go camping in a brand new Audi 100. We’re also not just talking about reclining in the back seat. The Bischofberger Audi 100 is a proper RV, and while you can’t order it from the factory, it’s available for those who want a smaller camper that isn’t a Volkswagen van.

We’ll be honest in saying the information about this rig is rather thin. We found it while perusing I Love Horrible Ugly Cars Facebook group, where shared from another page named Audi quattrology – August Horch Erbe. In addition to a plethora of photos, the post offers a bit of insight into this odd RV. Yes, it is a legit camper with accommodation for several people to sleep. It accommodates a small kitchen with a fridge, stovetop, and sink, and carries five gallons of water. For those who want a little more space, a high roof option is available.

To make sure Audi’s bones are up for the challenge, a reinforced tubular frame structure was added to the 100. Suspension and brakes were also upgraded, but the growling inline-five engine remained untouched. An automatic transmission is offered, or the driver can shift by hand with the five-speed manual. The camper parts are fiberglass, and frankly, we had the odd urge to go carve out canyons in this row-your-own-row recreation car.

The post piqued our interest enough to search the internet for more information, leading to the video above which offers a great look both inside and out. This model (Type 44) was actually preceded by the Type 43 which seems to impress Audi executives. A request was made to build the camper on a newer model, and the Type 44 was born. It was never a mass production offering, or even a simple build for that matter. The Facebook post tells us that only 40 were made until 1984.

As much as possible, we can’t find any exact information about how many Bischofberger Audi 100s still exist. If you know of any such things, leave a comment below or send us an email. We’d like to dive deeper into this distinctly obscure bit of Audi/RV history.

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