Hey guys, New here, great site. Wonder if I could get some help identifying this van eg: make and model. I havent had a chance to have a real good look at this stage. We are looking at buying and restoring it to tow behind the kombi (restoration in progress,almost complete), any help would be greatly appreciated. Cam...
There will be somebody on this forum who will know what you're van is. It looks like a cross between a Viscount and a Valiant. Rounded front corner perspex windows and sloping back window are similar to some of the Viscounts, but big bulging "nose" above front windows is similar to Valiants.
To help with identification, have a look on the drawbar near the coupling and see if there are any identity numbers welded anywhere there. If so, post the numbers back up on here. Also the size of the cabin (length x width).
My first guess would have been Viscount/Valiant too, especially going by those wrap-around windows, but I reckon the gnome from the west could well be right. The rear end is soooo un-Viscountish Don, I reckon you're wrong on both counts - the rounded top is none other than the first air-foil, which the semis copied to reduce drag/windage and also to keep the van from lift-off ;D ;D ;D Ray
Hi Surf'n'cam, My guess would have been Roma, but I reckon that Will could be more accurate!
Don, I think you and Ray are both right on one count each. Bump is better for earodynamics (oops aerodymanics) but I think they make for more cupboard space also (at least in my Franklins they have). One drawback is that if the bottom under the window bumps out (like on most Viscounts of the 50s, 60s and 70s) water drips off the top and thuds onto the bottom, not good if you are someone that gets kept awake by a tap dripping at night - like me. Cheers, Gristy
Scootman sounds as though you know the one I'm talking about, not to sure about slightly on it's side though. I was more interested in measuring it's height. Also the draw bar did not have "welded raised" I.D number it was stamped on the left side of the A frame but hard to read due to surface rust. See if these help.
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Hi, surfncam, down here in Tassie there is a large caravan yard called Kings Towbars and Trailers and King Caravans. they are a very large retailer,repairer, motor home builder, anything to do with caravans and trailers in fact, they have been around for centuries and MAYBE built caravans way back in the last century, and i am reasonably sure they had a crown in their logo at one stage. they were also very good at putting there logo on absolutely everything they sold whether it was new or secondhand! Their address is Main Rd Moonah, which is a northern suburb of Hobart. Anyway this may all come to nothing, but you never know! Goodluck Exocet