Hoping someone can help me in identifying our family caravan, my family has had for nearly 20 years and they are about to get rid of it. I'm not sure whether it is worth keeping as it has a bit of sentimental value, as myself and my dad lived in it over he years and a while ago he passed away.. Also wondering what something like this may be worth these days. I would love to do a refit on it, just not sure if it is worth it, as I am moving to melbourne and it is in mildura.
It has a viscount badge, but wherever I look I cannot find the chassis no. Looks like it has had a little modifications as there is no welded chassis number. Its approx 14 ft long.
Not sure if i am in the right forum, but any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Sorry in advance if my photos don't work.
I've searched the Internet and I cannot find the year it was built or any other model that is the same, just wanting to identify it. Would love the idea of keeping this to do up. Not sure of many things. It has always been the van out back..
Post by shesgotthelook on Jun 3, 2013 13:17:52 GMT 10
Although a couple of things have me wondering; The brow is more rounded than most other Viscounts of this era, it has 2 windows & no wrap around perspex & those hubcaps I have been told are Millard! Your stamp would also indicate 1965 perhaps?
Even though it has a gold Viscount badge, this may have been an add on if it was a different make that has gone through a Viscount yard. A bit more detective work required I believe ;D
I'm inclined to think you've got a Victorian-built Viscount from the first half of the 1960s. It's a shame the original chassis number is missing, because that would help considerably in pinpointing the age and factory origin.
The stamped R14TK--- number is a trailer number issued by the registration authorities when no original VIN identity can be established, so it looks like the drawbar must have been replaced at some time. The 01 - 65 number underneath might have been carried over as an indication of the original date of registration (January 1965?), which would put your van as being late 1964 from the factory.
The appearance of the side of your van is consistent with other Viscounts of the time. Whether they have wrap-around windows or not is not the deciding factor. Some did and some didn't.
There are two threads that might put your mind at ease about the approximate date. The first thread will contain a link that takes you to the second thread. Have a read through both of them, and note the appearance of Bluetanjo's Viscount in the second link. Flatten the front windows and it would be pretty similar to yours...
You'll also see photos in Bluetanjo's thread showing what the inside of her Viscount looks like. I would think your van was probably fairly similar to this originally, which means there has been quite a number of changes made to the inside of your van.
Cheers folks, so we're roughly talking early 60's, (bit gutted about the chassis number missing!). it's a very clean van as in no rust and no leaks. So going to talk to family and might have to make it a project for me. It seems such a waste to give it away.
Franklin1, thank you for the link to Bluetanjo's van, probably the closest I think I'm going to get, I noticed that the sides on mine has it own differences though, would love to have found some shots of one exactly the same, but I'm starting to think I'm flogging a dead horse. A lot are similar but with differences. Inside, I believe you are right, it has had a refit at some time, however a lot of the fixtures are still there and surprisingly the whole caravan is still in great condition considering the age.