Post by Wayne Farquhar on Dec 19, 2013 21:47:26 GMT 10
When I was sixteen in 1969, I worked for my Father as an apprentice plumber...Dad had a plumbing and maintenance contract with Viscount Caravans and Viplas...I remember well the Orange Grove Rd. Liverpool site and the Viplas factory @ Moorebank, part of it still stands...My Dad, also an Englishman, got on very well with John Carr...I often wonder what became of John Carr???...John Carr drove a gold Jensen Interceptor, very flash in 1969...Gordon Cainsdale and Peter O'Brien were two other fellows Dad had a lot to do with, those two blokes were boss's there...my email is email@example.com
Hi I am new to this site, I have Just brought a Royal viscount not sure on the age or any thing about it. the chassis number on it is R65497 would like to know what year it is. it doesn't have the wrap around windows in the front or back. so im a bit confused, also this van has been sitting as a static van for a number of years and I need to bring it home approx. 3.5hrs drive. I have heard some real horror stories relating to old vans been totally destroyed while been moved. Does any one have any advise on this, and how to avoid this happening i.e. what's the best way to get it moved and how?? It rolls but to tow it it would need bearings and tires fitted and also a new tow coupling and the a Frame plate strengthened as it has rusty holes though it, the rest of the chassis appears fine just a lot of surface rust. any help would be appreciated. thanks in advance Mark.
G'day viscount, a chassis number of R65497 means the van is a 1976 model. Your van wouldn't be the first we've seen where the actual van cabin didn't match the chassis number. Your's was supposed to be a 'Royal' but it looks like it got the Ambassador cabin built on it.
If the van is as bad as you describe, the methods of transporting it are limited. If the length can fit on a car trailer, that's one way. Otherwise you'd have to go the tilt-tray method. Make sure the hatch cover(s) are taped down; plus the door; plus a criss-cross of tape across each window (like they do for cyclones). If there are any other parts hanging off the van, take them off completely and shove them inside the van.
Hi All.. I'm trying to confirm the year of manufacture of a Viscount Duralvan (believed to be mid 70's). Chassis has some markings welds reading 266A? Also I wish to confirm the actual sizing title of the van as it is 16' from towbar to end, but is only 13'6" in actual caravan frame?
The chassis number of 266A relates to being from around 1971. The cabin size of the van will be a nominal amount. You won't go far wrong measuring along the side wall at the bottom of the window frames. Start your tape measure on the curved bulge below the wraparound front window, and stretch it all the way along the side to the bulge below the wraparound window at the rear. Calculate the length in feet. Caravan lengths relate to the cabin length, not the chassis length.
Hi, I knew John Carr in the 80's. I know he has lots of family in Sydney. He had a restaurant in Queensland for awhile and in California. Then I lost track. I would love to get an update. Mwalsh5001@san.rr.com I wrote a book called, A Tale of Two Lives: The Susan LeFevre Fugitive Story. John was featured in it. Marie
I have a 21' Viscount dual axle van. I think my parents purchased it new in 1965. It does not have the wrap around front & rear windows, Chassis No is E10911. Is there any way of confirming its date of manufacture ?
I think you'll be looking at a later year than 1965 for your van. The 'E' series of chassis numbers were given to the Viscount Ambassador models, and they were up to around E10000 in 1970. I'm guessing your van has the white acrylic cladding with the lightning bolt painted pattern on the sides, (or it could still have the plain silver cladding with the lightning bolt design if it was from late 1969).
Hi Al, Yes, its white with a Black Lightning bolt pattern. Here are some photo's. I resealed the roof joints some time ago with urothene but it developed a small leak hence the tarp. I am waiting on my mother to find the actual date she purchased it new.
Well this might throw a spanner in the works...Just purchased a Viscount Ambassador with the vin number J22. I purchased the van from a local old guy who bought in 30 years ago second hand to be used as a spare room. His receipt from 1984 also has the same number on it. It's original painted white, small round tail lights and has the old Viscount Ambassador Alumvan decal on the front the non V type.cant seem to post a pic but it's the one in my profile pic.
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Yep, you sure have thrown a spanner in the works with a chassis number of J22. I've never seen anything like that sort of number before in the Viscount range, so I don't know what it would mean. I'd like to see some pictures of the van and a close-up of the chassis number if you can manage that. I couldn't even start to guess what a 'J' prefix would relate to.
Hi newbie to the forum I recently purchased a Viscount caravan which is registered as a 1970 model. I think it might be a 1971 Viscount Royal. Can anyone provide any information that might assist me. On the registration papers it lists the Indentification number as R10088 and states it's a 1970 model. Looking at the van it looks more like the ID Number is A10088. I looked at another forum where I think bloke by the name of Gary recently obtained a 1971 Viscount Royal van from his parents who purchased it new. My van has nearly the exact same layout apart from a what I believe has been a double bed modification at the rear where two singles originally were. Any help is appreciated. Regards David
The "Royal" model seems to have been launched in early 1971, so I think you are probably right in thinking your van is from 1971 and not 1970. The chassis number will start with an "A" and not an "R", because your van is pretty close to the end of the 'A' series (you have the 10,088th chassis built in that series). Viscount then changed the numbering series and put the 'A' at the end of the numbers, and then introduced a completely new numbering system in 1973.
hi from scruffy newbie,just got a viscount royal A4628 about 23 foot. Has push out windows.front and rear over head sliding storage has gold surrounds.rest of interior has been changed. ceiling and kitchen have been changed and exterior has been repainted. can you help with birth date of my you beaut van .
A chassis number of A4628 is likely to have been made in late 1968 or early 1969. It really depends on the original painted design on the sides of the van, but since you say the van has been repainted, the original design might not be showing anymore.
Hi all This old viscount has come into my possession and I thought I would share it with you ladies and gents. From what I read and the pics it's a 1971 1972 model van. 20ft twin door model and I would believe it's a supreme. I have to do a bit of work to get it out of it's long lived home and into the sunlight for some better pics.
if anyone can establish a date from the chassis number it would be appreciated. its a time capsule inside and as it's been under cover for most of its life it's in very good condition.
this is a pic from the good side.
the he owner I purchased it off had never been into the van and the small rom on the rear was dead bolted shut so I had to remove some screws to gain acess to the old girl.its amazing how tidy it is inside and everything is still there except the fridge. the big question is what do I do with it now? I would love to keep it but I already have my 1978 supreme that's almost finished and I will have to store this one at a friends place for a while. i will get some more photos once I get it out of its current resting place and I will try to get the green paint off the side without damaging the old white paint underneath. keep you all posted. I guess I will call it royal71?
We have posted our van under "Show & Tell" as a 1975 Viscount Supreme. The chassis number is S71138 so we guess, after reading this thread its actually a 1977. Is this able to be corrected on the registration certificate? Cheers Brent
Hi Folks We've recently up graded from a 84 Cub supamatic hard floor camper, to a full van. It was already registered with the label stating, and still does, that is an 13ft, 1986 Viscount Ambassador. Now going through all the pics and history, I am doubting very much that it in fact 86 (I'm thinking more 76 or even 68). The chassis # is E9235. It also uses early Holden, 13" wheels and mech brakes. What makes it a bit more shady is that I had to get it weighed and re do all the weights for it to be registered correctly. Making me think it wasn't registered correctly in the first place (had an atm of 820, which is what the van weighs).
Any help would be appreciated otherwise I'll be stuck in the 80s.