This advertisement is from N.R.M.A. Open Road, Dec 14, 1939 and if it actually represents the frontage of the Missendon Road premises at the time then it looks as though they tried to recreate it at the Caravan Show. Or they may have just liked the show stand design so they decided to use it in their advert. I like the shape of the little van on the right, probably just an artist's imagination at work though.
Another advert from the Open Road, June 1, 1939 showing a good size van, unfortunately no details given. Doubt if the big Chrysler? would have raised a sweat towing it. Mr. Rankin obviously knew the value of a swimsuit, or two or three in advertising too!
Post by Don Ricardo on Sept 23, 2011 23:14:25 GMT 10
Thanks for posting the Carapark items. They are all very interesting to see.
That's the first pics of pre-WWII Caraparks - ahem...Caravan Parks - we've seen on the forum apart from the one shown in Winser's 'On the Trail' which is a fairly early one. In fact the pics of the 1939 vans look not all that different in shape. Caravan Park's Rankin was clearly amongst the very first caravan manufacturers and yet we don't know all that much about his early vans or him, so thanks for the work you've done in finding the material you've posted.
Also very interesting to read about Caravanpark taking over Gypsy. That's something we didn't know about, or at least not something I'd read before. Gypsy had pretty extensive advertising in the 1961 Winser (which may well predate the takeover), but it would be interesting to know how long it kept going as a separate marque. If anybody has a later edition of Winser they may be able to tell us.
Hi Seeshell Here's a picture of Troddler's Caravan Park Superb at Coledale, I was surprised there wasn't a pic of it on this thread so I'll bung a couple on. It still has all the period items inside, it even has a little shaving cabinet that hooks on the outside.
Editorial note - October 2017: The manufacturer's serial number plate on this van indicates that it was built no earlier than July 1949, because the public company 'Caravan Park Ltd' was not formed until the last few days in June 1949 following a restructure of the company. Previously the company was a private company and was registered as 'Caravan Park Pty Ltd'. Further information can be found here. Don Ricardo
Post by Don Ricardo on Oct 31, 2011 20:47:13 GMT 10
Photo of later model Carapark caravan owned by Bubbles brother, posted on 11 July 2011 here:
This van appears to be a smaller version of the Carapark Astronaut Mk II seen here. Although the styling at the front is different, this van also appears to share a number of features with the Carapark Voyager shown in this post, including the rear door entry and front kitchenette located on the near side of the van.
This Carapark Hunter Junior illustration was part of an advertisement for Keith Winser's 1955 'Caravans and Touring Manual' on the inside front cover of Motor Manual, Jan. 15, 1955. Nice to see an original colour advert, unfortunately the magazine title has 'bled' through the page to spoil it a little.
im New and love the forum,,great job guys,,im glad to be a new member,,i have the same caravan,the interier is exactly the same ecept the sink has been moved back to fit a fridge in it.Mine is a "Carapark ASTRONAUT",,,,this one is called a "VOYAGER",,,did they use different names on some? thanks Vince
Hi, We are new to this forum . We have just purchased a 1951/52 model Caravan Park Superb Deluxe to tow behind our 1955 FJ Holden sedan . Lot's of work ahead of us to get them on the road , we're very excited about the project. Sandon
Post by cablefamily on Dec 21, 2013 19:54:51 GMT 10
Hi! I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right place so please forgive me Today my hubby arrived home with this which was at the scrappers.
It has a Carapark sticker on the top front and a sticker/ plate on the outside under the back (missing) window with Serial: L? or Z? 371, Model 14-9 Another big project but I hope by next summer we'll be filling it with the kids and going to the beach ;D Would anybody here be able to tell me roughly how old it might be? My apologies if I'm in the wrong spot, could someone please point me in the right direction if so? Cheers, Karen
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Post by Don Ricardo on Dec 21, 2013 21:12:09 GMT 10
Congratulations on your new acquisition. A bit of work to do, but what a great goal to have - pile the kids in and head for the beach!
It's fine to put your post asking about the build date of your van in the Down History Lane section, but once you start re-building the van you can start a new thread for it in the Members' Photo Album section so that you can post all the photos for us to look at - you will post the photos of the re-build won't you?
Regarding the build date for your van, I can give you a rough idea...
Up until 1957 or 1958. Carapark gave their various models a non-numerical name, such as 'Superb', 'Hunter' and 'Hunter Junior'. For a few years after that into the early 60's, they gave the same models a numerical name such as 'Ten-Nine', 'Fourteen-Nine', etc. In the late 50's/early 60's they introduced some new models which replaced the previous mid-sized 14 ft and 16 ft toaster style vans (like yours) with new models which carried the Zestline and later the Astronaut names. However, some of the smaller and larger toaster style vans continued into the 60's.
We don't have any specific information about the Fourteen-Nine model at this point, but based on the above my thoughts are that it was probably built in the late 50's - 58/59, something like that. If anyone has a copy of Keith Winser's caravan manuals from those years we may be able to confirm that.
Have fun with the re-build - just think how proud you'll be when your sitting at the beach looking at your handiwork.
This advertisement from the N.R.M.A. Open Road 8-2-1940 shows the caravan in the Propert photo. It seems to have been very well equipped for its size, and advanced with metal cladding, brakes and a 'fadeless finish' - wonder what that might have been?
I dare say that wonderful 2-seater tow vehicle was a Properts creation, what a stir you would create in that little beauty today.
Post by Don Ricardo on Aug 2, 2014 20:12:19 GMT 10
Following is the photo referred to by Griffin in his post immediately above, showing a Caravan Park Model 10 caravan behind a Propert built vehicle:
The photo is taken outside the Propert factory in Sydney (hence the signage), which was directly opposite the Caravan Park factory. The photo is directly sourced from a Time to Roam website article which you can find here.
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