Post by Don Ricardo on Aug 11, 2020 22:15:31 GMT 10
Manufactured by Dolphin Caravan Service Centre 193 Princes Highway, Dandenong Vic Dolphin Motor Home listed on Ebay(?) in March 2018
The Dolphin Motor Home seems to have been built by Dolphin Caravan Service Centre which from 1965 onwards advertised their business specialising in the fitting of caravan brakes, as shown in this advert published in the Melbourne Age on Monday, 22 November 1965 (page 15):
In the late 60's Dolphin began to also advertise second hand caravans.
According to Hughdeanyhere the Dolphin Motor Home was first produced around 1970. That correlates with the first newspaper reference I can find for the Dolphin being the following report on the 1970 Melbourne Caravan Show printed in the Age on Saturday, 19 September 1970 (page 66), which includes a mention of the Motor Home (see highlighted section):
So it looks like I'm pushing the boundaries a bit by posting about the Dolphin because it was probably built after 31 December 1969 and so might not qualify as 'vintage'. My excuse is that the Dolphin in the photos is built on a Ford Thames 400e cab and chassis. I don't know a lot about Ford Thames vehicles but as far a I can discover the 400e was only produced from 1957 to 1965. So at least the cab and chassis qualifies as vintage! The question is whether Dolphin would only have built their motor home on a new cab/chassis, or on whatever the customer provided or was willing to accept, including second hand vehicles? The seller claimed the van was built in 1967, but didn't provide any documentation for that date.
Hi Don, I remember Dolphin well,an English guy built them and did a beautiful job,even down to matching the wood veneer grain on all the cupboard doors.His factory is still in Dandenong and was quite small. You could supply any base vehicle you want,new or used and he would build a caravan on the back to your requirements.I mainly saw the type pictured,but do remember one very large A class motorhome he built for someone and it had a drop down wall bed to give lots of floor space.I still see them turn up occasionally for sale,but none seem to have escaped the paint brush on the beautiful wood veneer! Cheers hughdeany
Last Edit: Aug 11, 2020 22:42:47 GMT 10 by hughdeany