Post by Don Ricardo on Sept 19, 2021 22:06:18 GMT 10
I’ve been browsing through WA vintage & classic caravan rescuer and forum member Aza’s ‘Just Retro Caravans’ Facebook page and came across some photos of a Viscount Duralvan with a colourful sticker. I don’t recall seeing this sticker before:
The van in question is a 1969 to 1970 model Viscount Duralvan tandem, shown here some months later after a clean up:
(Source: Just Retro Caravans FB, September 2016 and January 2020)
I’m familiar with the older Viscount Duralvan stickers which have a more monochrome background and letters either fully coloured or outlined in blue and yellow, like this one:
My question is, does anybody know when the more colourful version was introduced? Did they designate a particular model (ie size)?
Last Edit: Sept 19, 2021 22:27:24 GMT 10 by Don Ricardo
Post by Don Ricardo on Oct 4, 2021 14:16:45 GMT 10
For some reason there don't seem to be (m)any photos on this thread of 1965/66 Viscounts with their distinctive flashes, but here's an example of one I collected earlier (but not sure where from ):
The sticker on the front only identifies the van as a 'Viscount Duralvan', and that's how we normally refer to them. Interestingly, from about 1963 to 1971 Viscount didn't seem to include any badging or identification on the caravans themselves about what model they were. (I am referring only to the Viscount range here, not the Ambassador or Valiant ranges which were separately branded of course.) However, in fact Viscount did have model names for their Viscount range, based essentially on length, as reflected in this 1965/66 brochure posted by Hughdeany on the Viscount Caravan Owners - Australia Facebook page in April 2018:
So from the brochure we can see that the Viscount model range in that year was:
Air Flow (15 ft)
Royal (16 ft)
Monarch (19 ft 6 in, tandem)
Waldorf (21 ft, tandem)
Palace (25 ft, tandem, two door)
As an aside, the three Ambassador models were only distinguished by size (13 ft 6 in, 15 ft & 21 ft), as were the two Valiant models (12 ft 10 in & 14 ft 10 in).
The other thing to observe from the brochure is that in 1965/66 the three Viscount, Ambassador and Valiant ranges (not the models within the range) were each distinguished by quite different coloured flashes or panels on the side. The Viscounts had a sort of dagger shaped flash, the Ambassadors had arrow shaped flashes, and the Valiants had coloured panels between the windows. Over time this changed, so that from 1967 the Viscount and Ambassador ranges shared a coloured flash (the 'racetrack' design), and then from 1968 to 1971 the Viscount, Ambassador and Valiant ranges all shared a common flash design (the 'lightning' design).
Based on this information, I judge that the caravan in the initial photo in this post is a Viscount Air Flow.
Post by Don Ricardo on Oct 4, 2021 21:22:27 GMT 10
A couple of other items from Hughdeany’s collection.
Leaflet for the 1961/2 Viscount Palace:
(Source: Posted by Hughdeany on the Viscount Caravan Owners - Australia Facebook page in April 2018)
Interesting that there appears to be a door on the off side (driver’s side). I wonder if the caravan did have a door on that side or the photo got reversed during the printing process. I think the latter is more likely.
Brochure for the 1963 Viscount range:
(Source: Posted by Hughdeany on the Viscount Caravan Owners - Australia Facebook page in July 2020)