I've never seen a Viscount with that shape at the front before, so it's a bit hard to say from the photos whether it's original or some sort of modification. The tail lights were used on other Viscounts during the early 1960s, so my best guess is that this van is from the same time period.
If anybody is within spitting distance of Carseldine and can go have a look-see, I wouldn't mind seeing some photos of what's inside above the front window (...probably cupboards, I guess ).
If it IS an original shape, I'm not sure why the designer came up with that idea. Maybe it was a "Casual Friday" design??
If anybody goes and has a look, can you also check if there's a chassis number on the van please? Usually it's next to the jockey wheel clamp. Ta...
Details of the advert...
"Viscount Aluminium Caravan possible 60s era (purchaser to satisfy themselves as to build date), approx 12 foot needs total restore or for wrecking. Located near Bunnings at Carseldine North Brisbane, will probably need tyres to tow away, or tilt tray, sold as is where is, no warranty, no registration, no Safety Certificate. 0412 732 347 Buyer is responsible for all costs involved in removal. Some photos were taken before shrubbery was removed at side of van."
Hi Al, I reckon the old girl had a nasty ding at the front and the owner made do with what was available! You can see the original bottom cross chassis rail exposed,where originally the body would have rolled up and out. They have obviously done the easiest repair possible! Cheers hughdeani
Yeah, I see what you mean about the chassis cross member.
I had my suspicions about the two pieces of ribbed aluminium either side of the front window. That stuff didn't come into play until a couple of years after these sorts of Viscounts were built.
I guess if the van has had some sort of nasty prang, then the inside dining section is most likely now considerably shorter, or possibly even non existent.
If somebody is looking for a van that will stand out from the crowd a bit, this one would be worth following up on. All you have to do is think of an answer when you are asked a million times, "What happened to your van??!"
Hi all, this van is only 5 minutes from my work, so I went and checked it out this afternoon. It was very hard to get photos of the inside as there is still alot of trees etc on the doorside of the van, and apparently snakes have been spotted there. Needless to say, there is limits as to what I will do for the benefit of others. The guy that is selling it is doing so on behalf of a gentleman that is in his 70's. Apparently he bought the van second hand and took his children away for holidays in it, and they are in their 40's??? Apparently there is cupboards in the front sticky out bit, but I couldn't twist my arm around there to see. Had to just stick my arm in the front window and take piccies in different directions, but I couldn't see what I was taking them of There seemed to be alot of water damage on the inside, and the door is left open, so I'm guessing the weather and the wildlife have free reign through there. Took a close up of the chassis number, hope you can make it out. If the van doesn't sell in the next 3 weeks or so, it will be wrecked - not too sure how you would tell the difference ;D ;D ;D ;D Anyway, I hope there is someone out there who would like to save the poor old thing.
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That looks pretty terminal to me. If it was a real rare van that someone liked, it could possibly be considered saveable.
Doesnt even seem to have many bits anyone would want to use.
Unfortunately theres thousands of vans around that age out there rotting away like this one. We looked at a 1953 ply van on last Sunday, & there were about half a dozen like this one or worse nearby. The hippies up here have lots of them on their properties, originally used as accomodation, but then just abondoned. I guess thats part of what makes our rebuilt or good original vans desirable.
Wow, jondi55!...You get "Employee of the Month" for going and doing that! ;D ;D
Thanks for the chassis number. By coincidence, it is only about 100 numbers before the Viscount that anglia46 have (...now up for sale). Their van has #N1055, so if anybody wants to see what the "unusual van" probably looked like originally, click on the link.
If it ends up getting wrecked (loved your 'joke' about how could you tell? ), I hope the windows are saved at least. About a year or two after this van, Viscount changed to the sloping windows for a number of years, so these square-type windows would be in the 'hard to find' category.
Plenty of aluminium cover strips around the van that somebody might find useful.
Certainly not a van for the faint-hearted. If nobody wants it, it would be a shame to see it go to the 'crusher' before some of the stuff on it is salvaged. Trouble is, who's got the shed space to keep all that sort of crap, just in case somebody needs it down the track?!
Nah...let's have a party and nuke it! (...just kidding... )