Published on 14 Jul 2013 by Dan Read
A convertible camper van seems like a funny idea but developing this one was no laughing matter. The Nissan Evalia C convertible, or Nissan NV200 as it’s known in European markets, isn’t a new line from the Japanese car maker it’s a custom job that’s been created by Italian coachbuilder Giovanni Vernagallo for the tourist trade in the Italian city of Capri. Tourists to the coastal resort on the Gulf of Naples can experience the city’s beauty unhindered by windows and experience its fine weather because Giovanni Vernagallo has replaced the metal roof with a fabric top. Vernagallo currently offer the conversion for the five or seven-seat machines and charge around 47,000 Euros to tourism companies.
The reason they have released these images to the press isn’t to drum up tourism for the beautiful city of Capri but to announce that European drivers will now be able to get their hands on one. Whether there would be a market for one in Britain or not, it’s a facinating machine that could bring a bit of fun back into driving. Not since the Top Gear lads built a rag-top version of the Renault Espace in 2006, have we seen something that made us smile as much as this creation.
Perhaps this machines could find itself used for open top rides through London or any other major European worth seeing from the road. It could well bring back the fun aspect that only the Volkswagen Camper Van has provided in this segment of the market.