Post by millard1399 on Apr 16, 2010 22:44:05 GMT 10
G'day brejen, and welcome to the forum! ;D
You have to locate the chassis number on the drawbar, probably just next to the jockey wheel, and tell us what that number is. We know what the numbering system was for full-sized Viscounts in the 1970s, but I'm not 100% sure that the poptops followed the same numbering system.
If you can tell us what the number is on your van, we'll have a better idea of what it's age might be. The Viscount sticker above the front windows puts its age around the late 1970s or early 1980s.
Post by millard1399 on Apr 17, 2010 18:29:41 GMT 10
Hi brejen, looks like the Viscount poptops didn't get a letter. Based on the our understanding of the numbering system, the first 8 in your number would mean 1978, with the remaining 8063 being the number of chassis built that year. I reckon with such a high number as that, your van would have to have been built towards the very end of 1978. I don't think Viscount got up to the magic 9999 figure in any year, but 8063 would be one of the highest numbers I'm aware of.
By all means post some photos of the work you've done. But start a new thread in the Hall Of Fame section, put the Subject as 1978 Viscount Poptop (plus the length), and then put in as much info and photos as you wish. That way we can keep track of your van in the future.
If you want to add multiple photos into the one post, you'll have to learn how to use Photobucket. If you add the photos via the "Attachment" option (as you've done so far), you can only add one to each post. For more than one, you have to create a new Reply in the thread for each individual photo. It's a real nuisance.
For more info on how to use Photobucket, click on this thread:
Hey guys, Youve got some great info and pics.Keelz love your van.I'm a bit confused with mine as regards to year!The chassis no is 96116,it is a 24 ft sumpreme however the gas compliance plate states 1981 ,also it has no wheel arches.Has anyone got any ideas.
1979-80 Viscount Supreme Deluxe 24 foot 1993 Toyota 80 series Landcruiser
Post by millard1399 on Oct 11, 2010 7:14:12 GMT 10
G'day viscount6116, and welcome to the forum! ;D
Gees, that is one HUGE Viscount! Never seen one sitting so high up from the road like that one. Must have been specially made for an off-road journey, or travelling around the outback.
The number 96116 should be a 1979 build. Is there a letter in front of the number? Maybe an "S" for the Supreme version?
The gas compliance date might have been fitted when the van was actually sold. The caravan industry slumped severely in the late 1970's and early 1980's, so vans weren't being sold in any hurry or in any great numbers. When I did my research in the Sydney newspaper archives, I could find only ONE advertiser in the newspaper for caravans in 1980, and that was Viscount. And even they were only advertising a couple of times during that year.
Post by millard1399 on Mar 17, 2012 18:29:28 GMT 10
G'day friendy, and welcome to the forum! ;D
I was never absolutely sure about which year these Viscounts belonged to, but your photos and chassis number suggest this painted side design most likely belongs to 1971. What confuses me is that your van has the old "Duralvan" sticker on it, whereas the other Viscounts I've got pictures of with your painted pattern on them have the newer Viscount sticker. See Reply #3 on Page 1 of this thread.
Your van definitely won't be earlier than 1971, so it's not a Vintage van.
I've often wondered whether this particular painted design was released as a "Special Edition" van. They seem to have been available for a relatively short period of time.
Hi all i was going through a 1972 van I have it was a one owner and i found ALL the brouchers, Gas certificates etc... there is a whole file on it. even down to the info of the company and its all like new preserved for the last 40 years in a air tight container ill post some of it and if anyone needs copies of brochers etc let me know.
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Hi all, does anyone know what the main differences are between the Viscount Royal and Supreme models ? Our van has a Viscount Royal sticker on the front but I have had people say it looks like a Supreme. How do you tell ? The chassis no. is R66040 and the rego papers claim it is a 1976 model.
Here are some pics for reference.
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Hello griswalds As Al will verify, your chassis number defines your van as a Royal (R) built in 1976 (6 is the first digit). The main difference between the Royal and the Supreme that I am aware of were the level of 'appointments' and the interior door / drawer trims - The Royal trims tended to match the lighter panels, where the Supreme tended to contrast the trims. As so many variables were evident during the 70's - it makes it difficult to pick the differences between the models
Bought and brought home a supposed 1974 Viscount Royal, at Easter. Reading the info here I'm not too sure that's what she is. She has the viscount and royal stickers, but the chassis number appears to be PV72962. Assuming that the "P" began its life as an "R", there is still the "V" to consider, and the first number would indicate it is a 1977. The interior cupboards are the same finish as that in Keelz', it has a solid green painted stripe at window height. The windows are all windout, with the front one being made up of the two, but the back being a fixed single, and the side being domed. It also has a four season hatch. As soon as I get home in daylight, I will take some pics and post them, but in the meantime any information, or guesses would be more than welcome. Thanks! Random PS she is supposedly 17' and I call her the Queen Mary.
Just as a bit of help with rims if you have a wrecker handy take a wheel with you and find out which you have as it was common to find ford owners would have ford wheels and holden owners would get holden wheels or even valiant rims fitted on new vans by the owners of that brand but the majority where ford or holden. Most of which you can then get 14" rims as they are easier to buy tyres for nowadays. The reason for this is it meant you didn't have to carry a spare for the van as well. As we found out in the early 70's second hand vans are any bodies guess unless you knew the original purchaser. We had a ford and when we got a flat we found our spare didn't fit. A bloke that came along not long after we found out had a holden and his fitted so we got to the next town and had it repaired. Its funny how you think back and wonder how we managed to get around. We never did get a spare but luckily never needed it in the next 5 years. Our 74 millard has o1 though as the patrol rims don't quite fit Pete
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The Viscount "Valiant" model got a C-series chassis number, which started in about 1969. Your number of C5533 would be from around 1971, depending on how many Valiants they actually built after 1969 (no-one here would know that).
Hi there, just found this site and was wondering what year model my old viscount is? The number on the chassis is A10299 and has a duralvan sticker on it. The paint work is very faded but appears to be original.
G'day Nigel, I think your chassis number is getting up near the point where Viscount switched the numbering system and put the 'A' at the end of the numbers. That was in 1971, so you're probably looking at your van being from 1970.