HI TO ALL, WE HAVE A 1961 BOND WOOD CARAVAN WE HAVE BEEN HANDED DOWN AND WE ARE NEEDING SOME HELP FROM ALL OF THE VINTAGE VAN ENTHUSIASTS. UNFORTUNATELY WE ARE UNABLE TO HANG ONTO THE 'GOODTIME' AND SO WE'VE DECIDE TO SELL HER. BUT OUR PROBLEM IS WE DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START WITH PRICING ETC. THE 'GOOD TIME' IS IN GOOD CONDITION. WE KNOW THE HISTORY FOR THE PAST 39 YEARS AND SHE WAS WELL CARED FOR. ALWAYS GARAGED, OTHER THAN A WEEK EVERY CHRISTMAS. SOME MANY YEARS BACK SHE WAS PAINTED, BUT IS IN NEED OF A FRESH PAINT BOTH INSIDE AND OUT. THE GAS FRIDGE AND 2 BURNER STOVE BOTH WORK. WE HAVE JUST REWIRED HER AND SHE HAS A NEW TOW HITCH AND NEW TYERS (LIGHT TRUCK TYRES). ALL THE LIGHTS WORK INSIDE AND OUT, AND IT'S ALL ORIGINAL OTHER THAN A READING LAMP ADDED ABOVE THE DOUBLE BED. THE TABLE FOLDS DOWN TO A SINGLE BED. WE HAVE THE ORIGINAL CANVAS ANNEX, ALTHOUGH IT IS IN POOR CONDITION. THE WATER TANK AND TAPE ABOVE THE SINK WERE REMOVED AT SOME POINT. THE VAN IS REGISTERED. WE'VE ALWAYS LOVED THIS OLD BEAUTY BUT, WE NEED ANY HELP OR ADVISE FROM SOMEONE IN THE KNOW. WE HAVE PLENTY MORE PHOTOS (I WAS NOT ABLE TO UPLOAD THEM ALL), WOULD BE HAPPY TO EMAIL TO ANYBODY INTERESTED IN HAVING A LOOK. THANKS, KIND REGARDS.
Post by Don Ricardo on Oct 24, 2009 20:56:10 GMT 10
That's a great little van you've got there.
I'm wondering how sure you are that it is a 1961 model? The reason I ask is that it has Bosse style window frames, ie windows which look as if they have been cut out of a sheet of bondwood (but may not have been), and with curved inside corners. Bosse style windows where in fashion around the middle of the 50's and gave way fairly quickly to aluminium framed windows.
If you look at the Goodtime thread in the Down History Lane section you'll see a picture of a Goodtime caravan from 1959 which had aluminium windows. I guess it is possible that Goodtime produced some vans in 1961 which had Bosse style windows while other earlier vans had aluminium windows, but on the surface it seems unlikely, hence my question.
Perhaps you have some information which confirms the 1961 date?
PS If it's OK I'll copy the pics of your van to the Goodtime thread in the Down History Lane section. The more pics we have of actual vans in that section the more useful it is for people wanting to identify their vans.
Hi Don, The only indication we have about the date is from the rego. The windows are wooden Bosse style as you say. We have limited information so any info would be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to copy the pics. Thanks for your help.
Post by Don Ricardo on Oct 25, 2009 18:41:26 GMT 10
Hi again Da,
The 1961 date on the rego sticker could possibly reflect a few things:
When the van was first registered if it was new.
The date it was registered in Queensland after originally having been registered in another state at an earlier date.
The date the owner who registered in Queensland thought it was built.
Given that Goodtime vans seem to have been based in NSW, the second dot point may be the answer, but that is sheer guesswork on my part...
Given the Bosse style windows and the general style and construction I think your van is possibly mid-50's. Have a look at the ad for a 1956 Courtney here, or the 1957 Carefree vans here for example, which have similar general styling and Bosse windows. However, others may be able to date your van with a greater degree of certainty.
I trust you will find somebody willing to give your van a good home.
Well everyone, after much deliberation we've decided to hang on to our little 'Goodtime' van. After all the reserching we've done over the past few weeks we realise how fantastic she is. We really are rather lucky to have such a beauty and it would be a sad day to have to sell her. We just found out it was in the family longer than we thought, from 1967. How great to keep the tradition going and take our children on trips in her. Thank you to Don and Mark for all the info. It's incredible how many v vans are out there and this site is great to get an insight into that golden age. Our plans are to do up the 'Goodtime' and we've been lucky enough to find a suitable storeage place. Hopefully we'll get to one of the events in SEQld next year and be able to get some good ideas from those in the know with how to restore it. Thanks to everyone for your interest, hope those who contacted us about a sale find their van soon. Thanks for looking.
g'day Da. you've certainly got a well pre-loved van there. i'm sure you will have as much fun doing her up as you will taking her out. hope you keep the pink look. and you are adding to the numbers in S.E.Q. all the best. Phil.