Eriba was founded in the mid-1950's by Erick Bachem (Eri-Ba), one of the engineers of Germany's wartime rocket program. The initial model, the Puck, was introduced in the late 50's and continues to be produced in a very similar form today, albeit in a Hymer Eriba factory in France. Other models included the Faun, Familia, Triton, and Odin. The basic design across the Eriba line was a unibody steel tube frame covered in an aluminum skin with a fiberglass roof and birch ply floor. The VW Westfalia originated with “camping box” kits which the coach-builder Westfalia created ca. 1950 to convert the then-new VW Bus into a camper. The Vanagon Westfalia was the last of the air-cooled VW campers and also the best-equipped.
The Puck started production in 1958 and continues to be built today. The VW Vanagon Westfalia was built from 1980 to 1991 although air-cooled models were discontinued for 1984.
1968 Eriba Puck Export model and 1980 VW Vanagon Westfalia Campingwagen Deluxe (US-spec. European equivalent is the “Joker”)
Eriba Puck: Originally cream exterior paint, dark blue with slight teal upholstery, grey linoleum floor, birch cabinets with copper fittings and white piping, white formica table, turquoise enameled appliances. VW Vanagon Westfalia: Originally white exterior paint with blue stripes around bottom, light brown with parti-colored striped upholstery, dark oak/walnut simulated veneer cabinets, beige formica counters, tables with brown piping, stainless stove and sink, and light brown carpet.
Eriba Puck: Two burner propane stove, icebox, handpump sink, bed for two, dining for four, fiberglass poptop with accordion canvas. VW Vanagon Westfalia: Two burner propane stove, three-way Dometic fridge, swiveling front seats, seating for four, and angled fiberglass poptop with beige canvas.
rotted floor replaced with oak tongue and groove, upholstery replaced with similar, factory cream paint (and 10 later coats) stripped and aluminum skin polished. VW Vanagon Westfalia: Automatic transmission, front carpet replaced with OEM rubber floormats and CD player. This Vanagon took part in the 1980 Wally Byam Caravan Club International 3-Continent Tour O-13 through Europe, Asia, and North Africa. I am currently researching past owners and history.
===== Prices: ===== Pucks range from what you can find them for to about 7,000 USD. Aircooled Vanagon Westfalias may sell as high as 12,000, but generally around 2-4k USD. Watercooled, Synchro (4WD) versions run from $10-35,000
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