OK SGTL, now the question is, "who built them?" I vaguely remember seeing an ad for them, but can't remember under whose banner that actually was. Can anybody help? It's a cute looking van, I must say! Perhaps we should keep copies of the pics for DHL section for posterity.
Crikey the porthole’s the giveaway, it’s on the tip of my tongue but I’m blowed if I can remember Ray! I only just sold a nameplate for one last nats. Nice little van at any rate Jenno.... ......I’m back. It’s a little Clipper
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Post by Don Ricardo on Dec 9, 2019 21:19:25 GMT 10
Hi Jennison, Roehm and SGTL,
Apropos to the discussion at the end of October - yes, I know it has taken me a while to catch up - about the "Little Pal" caravan listed on Gumtree, the Little Pal Roehm was referring to was a design for a small DIY caravan in some of the Winser manuals in the 1950's. The design was taken from the US 'Popular Science' magazine, but looked nothing like the Gumtree van, so I don't think therer is any relationship between the two.
As Jennison has commented the Gumtree van looks not unlike a NSW Clipper Consul, but I don't think it is one of those.
I was thinking the porthole was the clue DonR, with the clipper sailing ship etched in it. I had it in mind (for what little that's worth in my case!) that it was the clipper caravan emblem? Could have been added down the track of course.
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Post by Don Ricardo on Dec 10, 2019 14:30:35 GMT 10
Hi Roehm and Jennison,
With my recent posts, you can tell that I'm spending more time at my desk than I've been able to for quite a few months, can't you? And with this one I'm replying to Jennison within a few hours, not a few weeks...
Roehm - The Little Pal in the Winser manuals wasn't a Ted Palmer design, but equally the Gumtree van doesn't look like any of Ted Palmer's designs either, at least based on those we've seen. It would be interesting to know where the owner/builder got the name from.
Jennison - You're on the right track about the sailing ship porthole window, because the South Australian Clipper caravans used a sailing ship (presumably a clipper ship) as its logo for many years. However, I can't recall seeing a similar logo for the NSW Clipper caravans, although that's what the Gumtree van most resembles. I note that this van has wooden windows, and I'm wondering if the NSW Clipper company produced a model in between the curved Nine-3 and 10-4 models from the early 1950's, and the squarer Consul model of the 60's with the aluminium windows?
In some ways the Gumtree van reminds me of a Trail-a-Home Bantam, but it's not quite that either.