G'day All, If you think some of the asking prices for V.vans in Oz are a bit steep at times, you'll be spewing to know this 1960s van went on UK ebay recently for the equivalent of $153 (aussie dollars)... AND there were only 3 bids!...
Lengthy description given with the listing, but main points were one roof leak, small patch of floor rot, tyres perished, brakes stuck, needed good clean inside/outside. Otherwise in "reasonable" nick.
Maybe Cornish Lass, UK Brian, etc, could set up a Mail Order scheme to get some cheap vans sent over here...
Were you watching the 1933 Winchester on ebay (item # 190145315099) , beautifully restored , that only attracted three bidders. Top bid £1,900.00 (Oz $4,666.00) and that didn’t reach the reserve, and I would hope not, it would have to be worth heaps more. Did you put in a bid ?
The Winchester non-sale proves my point - VV's in the UK just don't have the following they do in Oz.
Sometime ago I mentioned that on our crowded little Island the average guy just doesn't have the space to keep caravans at home and only farmers have covered accomodation! Hence the lack of interest.
I personally wouldn't want a pre-war van, so didn't bid on the Winchester.
We have two Clubs - and I heard recently, but don't know how true the report is, that the Historic Caravan Club (Pre 1960 vans only) only has about 50 members and when I was a member of the Period and Classic Caravan Club (Pre 1975 vans) had about 150 members.
As for "mail order" I think a 40ft container is GBP1200-1500 approximately to Oz, so two sharing the space would be very viable. I have a friend who regularly ships Classic cars worldwide and so could help with the booking, paperwork etc.
Also the vans could be filled with period bits and pieces.
I am currently looking for a new business opportunity - anyone out there want to be my Australian Agent?