Post by Don Ricardo on Feb 14, 2018 20:38:25 GMT 10
Croydon Caravans Sales 122 Parramatta Road, Croydon, NSW Over the years there have been a number of references on the forum to Croydon Caravans who acted as agents for a couple of van manufacturers, including the South Australian (pre-Viscount) Ambassador, Nash Ramble(r), and Viscount caravans. Croydon Caravan Sales was a subsidiary or arm of Croydon Car Sales Pty Ltd.
On 26 April 2014, Observatory posted a photo here of the Croydon Caravans agent's plate found on his Viscount Ambassador from around 1965:
However, it seems that at one point at least, Croydon Caravans also sold its own Croydon-branded vans, as shown in the 1962 Winser caravan manual:
(Source: Keith Winser, Australian Caravans and Touring Manual for 1962, 14th edition, 1962, page 134)
It seems likely that, given other aspects of the firm's history, the Croydon van would have been built by somebody other than Croydon Caravans, and indeed - unlike some other caravan dealers of the era - the advert doesn't claim that the van was actually built by them.
The van in the photo looks familiar, but I haven't yet been able to pin down who may have built it. Ideas anyone??