Friends, suspend your disbelief for a moment. Apparently, there was a time in the early 1980s when one could go camping in a new Audi 100. We aren't just talking about stretching out in the back seat either. The Bischofberger Audi 100 was a proper motorhome, and though you couldn't order one from the factory, it was available to those who wanted a smaller camper that wasn't a Volkswagen van.

We'll be honest in saying information on this rig is a bit slim. We happened upon it while perusing the I Love Terrible Ugly Cars Facebook group, where it was shared from another page called Audi quattrology - August Horch Erbe. In addition to a plethora of photos, the post offers a bit of insight into this odd camper. Yes, it was a legit camper with accommodations for several people to sleep. It housed a small kitchen with a refrigerator, stove, and sink, and it carried five gallons of water. For those wanting a bit more space, a high-roof option was available.

 

To make sure the Audi's bones were up for the challenge, a reinforced tubular frame structure was added to the 100. The suspension and brakes were also upgraded, but the growling inline-five engine remained untouched. An automatic transmission was offered, or drivers could shift by hand with a five-speed manual. The camper portion was fibreglass, and frankly, we have an odd desire to go canyon carving in this row-your-own recreational car.

The post piqued our interest enough to nose around the internet for more information, leading up to the above video that offers a nice look both outside and in. This model (Type 44) was actually preceded by a Type 43 that apparently impressed Audi executives. A request was made to build a camper on the newer model, and the Type 44 was born. It was never a mass-production offering, or even a modest build for that matter. The Facebook post tells us just 40 were made through 1984.