Not mine (unfortunately) but, parked next to this beauty at Guilderton, W.A. early 2015. He recovered it in a severely delapidated state with the roof collapsing and rebuilt it - the exterior is complete and the interior was 75% done - I think he was figuring out how to do a shower/toilet and finish off insulating it. He also built up his ute from components. I think he builds Hot Rods for a living......
Hi Folks - I've been a lurker for ages. I bought an Olympic Debonair about 12 months ago, and I've been busy sorting it out ever since. It's a '74 model - it looks like the serial is 1831. The previous owner had it since 1976 and kept in pretty much original condition. I had all the window frames soda blasted and replaced all the rubbers around the glass.
I'm presently restoring a 69 F100 to pull the Debonair around. They should be a great looking combo when they're done. I'll try to load few pics when I get a chance.
Hi All VVers Another great Olympic find today, fibreglass Riviera chassis no. 4, the oldest on our register. It was interesting to see where the manufacturer started from in so far as design. This being the early days does not have a full chassis and the entry door closes on the external of the wall (not into a recess) and the fibreglass is almost double the thickness of later vans. I will keep the forum posted on this van, as we are working on having it restored and placed in a museum, and this museum may become in part a caravan museum,-- lets hope so, as we are planning to place no. 35 here. Cheers boblor
We are new here and it seems as though we have just bought the caravan in question. riviera #4 so it would be interesting on finding out some more information on this old girl as we will be trying to restore it.
Post by Don Ricardo on Oct 28, 2020 14:27:22 GMT 10
The Olympic Condor was produced and sold by Olympic in 1982/3 and as such doesn't qualify as a caravan from either the Vintage or Classic eras. However, it was designed by Tony Pusterla who created some innovative and even quirky caravan designs in the Vintage era (just), and the Condor certainly features both qualities, ie innovative and quirky. Boblor refers to the Condor in his history of Olympic caravans here and there is some further information provided by him at the bottom of this post.
On 8 January 2012, Olycondor posted about their Condorhere:
Our search started just after Christmas while holidaying at our friend’s beach house at Mudjimba. We were heading for the beach and spied an Olympic in a driveway, it was not for sale but the owners did give us a lead on a Debonair at Kilkivan, so the next day we made the trip and brought the tired old girl home and have already started on the cleanup. While we were driving back to base and discussing with my wife all the things were going to do to the Debonair I vaguely remembered an old glass van I had seen some 4 years ago on a property being used as a guests bedroom, so after unloading we headed off to the farm and approached the owners about selling their visitors accommodation, it was for sale, we had a look over the van, we had never seen anything like this before, it looked interesting, a price was struck and we towed her home, and she towed very well. I have since been talking to Bob Taylor about the van, Bob tells me that it is called an Olympic Condor and he only knows of 2 other vans, I’m not sure yet if that’s a good thing or not! We will be letting Big Bird sit in the shed for a while until we have restored the Debonair ready to travel in October for the Bathurst V8’s. So we would be very grateful for any information or suggestions for either van. We will post photos of the Debonair soon and keep you posted on Big Bird. Cheers Pete & Val
Boblor responded on 10 January 2012 with the following information about Olycondor's caravan:
Hi All We welcome Pete and Val into the Olympic family and to Vintage caravanning. Olympics just keep turning up, this one is special as it may well be the only one manufactured, first Olympic price list it appeared on is dated 1/4/'87, but Glass's Caravan Guide spring/summer edition 1985-'86, mentions it for 1983 POA. This particular vans chassis no. 82 8 337W PK (August 1982 chas.no 337 white for caravan park) . This chassis no. just fits in amongst other Olympic models, eg 334 21' Stardust,335 Contessa, 338 Debonair, 339 Debonair and 343 is scheduled to call to Olympic HQ tomorrow morning a Riviera. So there is a little bit of Olympic history for you. Also I should mention that Condor is further development of Tony Pusterla's Series 2000 van featured in Caravan World Magazine in the months of Nov. and Dec. 1978. Olympic obviously obtained the molds and proceeded to modify the van in many ways, as there is currently another version sitting at the factory with a raised roof section with window type vents in this raised section and the entry door just back from the front on the side like a Riviera. The series 2000 had sliding glass door at the rear parting in the middle and a fibreglass door/awning covering the whole rear section (lid). As some of you would know Tony Pusterla developed the Murrumba Star 'MiniStar', 'LindaStar' and the Linda Walkabout, the first two featured in Australian Motor Manual June 1968. There that's enough for now. Cheers boblor Don Ricardo
Post by Don Ricardo on Oct 28, 2020 19:19:00 GMT 10
When vintage vanners hear the words 'Olympic caravan' most of us think of Olympic's iconic fibreglass caravans which they produced from 1965 to the early 1990's. Before that, in the early 60's, Olympic produced a series of aluminium clad vans with knife-edge styling along the lines of the Carapark Zestline and Astronaut caravans and the Sapphire vans. Some examples of Olympic's knife-edged styled vans are shown higher up this thread. However, as Boblor set out in his history of Olympic caravans here in the period after World War II up until 1960, Olympic also built more conventional bondwood and aluminium clad caravans.
One of these more conventional aluminium clad vans from the second half of the 50's is shown below. The photos are of Margra's caravan sighted at the 2016 Vintage Caravan Nationals held at South West Rocks:
It is unclear at this point exactly when Olympic commenced producing caravans (apart from some time after World War II) and whether the earliest vans were sold under the 'Olympic' brand name.