Post by Don Ricardo on Nov 8, 2008 12:04:42 GMT 10
I note that Hendy built its caravans in conjuction with Ansair. Ansair built long distance coaches for Ansett, and in the 1956 edition of Winser, is also shown as building vans for Courtney Caravans.
The 13' 6" Hendy looks not unlike a Carapark in style. The corners of the van look to be conventional right angle joins, but the edges of the roof appear to be fairly tightly curved. I wonder if that indicates that at least the roof was aluminium?
I can't find any other reference to the 13' 6" "Hendy" to determine if it was also made of Masonite or not but... looking at the second photo above there appears to be a timber frame work supporting the roof, which sort of indicates it was timber of some sort.
Post by sportsman 1 on Nov 8, 2008 15:43:13 GMT 10
I shall have a read of that later. I thought that there was something somewhere about them but as I am at work I really didn't have much time to research.
The Clipper seems to be a really good quality build (more to come on that soon I hope) so it does not surprise me that it had ally windows so early. It just has the shape that sort of does not go with ally windows, if you know what I mean.
By the way I would check your last post, I am sure they were out before 1994/5!!!!!!!
This lady has copies of a 1950's Henderson/Hendy Caravan Components catalogue on her blog. Not a lot of info - well, no info on caravans - it's all trailers. But still may be worth a look for anybody interested in Henderson of West Melbourne.
It is interesting to note (I think : that the caravan shown in the above 'Henderson' / 'Hendy' advertisement is in fact an English made Coventry Steel ' Phantom Knight' caravan, made by Clifford Dawtrey in 1938 ( the bloke who previously had made 'Airlite caravans')
The van is actually made of steel, why they used an English caravan in a 1956 Add. when this actual 'Phantom Knight' van was only made for one year in 1938
Post by Surf Tragic on Jun 5, 2014 18:52:32 GMT 10
Pretty interesting to see a steel van I have never seen or heard of one before today, The curvy body style is 'car-like'. If there were only a few manufactured, you would assume it would have been labour intensive, can't imagine them punching out panels with expensive presses, would they? Also wonder about the weight, being steel. I could (hardly) read the print on the brochure, but couldn't see any specifications. ST
Clifford Dawdrey was an interesting, but flawed bloke, in the 1930s and 1950 during the evolution of English caravans he came up with some very interesting and innovative designs.
After Airlite folded in 1938 he bought Coventry Steel and produced the all steel bodied 'Phantom Knight' caravan.
It is described as ''having rolled-out sections welded together to produce a smooth one piece shell with no mouldings. The edges of the rolled sections were turned in to carry wooden fillets for mounting the inner panelling and furniture ---- He soon realised he had to abandon steel in favour of aluminium due to the excessive weight. " The aluminium model weighed about 3cwt less. He went on to produce various other shapes and sizes and then the War intervened. During the War years he made ambulances for the War effort and in 1946 resumed caravan production.
But that particular 'Phantom Knight' never made another appearance. He took his own life in 1958 after his latest design was a sales flop.
I have not seen reference to the actual weight of the Phantom Knight but at 16ft. In length she would not have been a feather weight aye ?
The above quotes come from two books, 'British Caravans, Volume 1: Makes founded before World War II ' and 'The History of the CARAVAN' Both books have much more to say about Clifford Dawtrey and Coventry Steel but you get the idea behind the construction of the 'Phantom Knight'
G'day ST, It is described as ''having rolled-out sections welded together to produce a smooth one piece shell with no mouldings. The edges of the rolled sections were turned in to carry wooden fillets for mounting the inner panelling and furniture ---- Cobber.
Cobber, So that's how it was done! really top stuff. It sounds like real coach building/ body building using a huge steel wheel, I have seen it done in a documentary using an " English Wheel" to " panel beat" & form sheet metal. Maybe that is how it was done, very skillful & I admire the skill. There would be some members on this forum who would very likely have done a bit in their day, and still do, on some of those Rods we have been privileged to see from time to time. What a shame it all stopped for this talented man.