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mrsparkle
30th May 2016, 12:46 PM
Hello hello ?

I have recently become obsessed with Carawagons (the series ones rather than the Range Rovers).

How many people in Australia have them?
I have never seen one in person.

And what are my chances of ever getting my hands on one?
It wouldn't be for probably another year or 2 due to travel plans.

Indulge me!!! :)

JDNSW
30th May 2016, 01:19 PM
As far as I know, they have never been sold in Australia, but a few have come in as private imports. They are very rare, and I am guessing there are less than a dozen in the country, of which maybe a third are on the road.

Advertising that you want one may get an owner to sell, but other than that I think you will find it hard to get one - although you never know!

John

gromit
30th May 2016, 05:59 PM
There's been one on Gumtree for ages, claims to be ex military but looks civilian.
The price is very ambitious.

Ex military landrover poptop carawagon holden 186 regd. | Other Automotive | Gumtree Australia Ballarat City - Ballarat Central | 1078154570 (http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/ballarat-central/other-automotive/ex-military-landrover-poptop-carawagon-holden-186-regd-/1078154570)

Military Carawagon info here :-

EMLRA Vehicles - The Military Carawagon (http://www.emlra.org/index.php/vehicles/the-military-carawagon)


There was one for sale in Noble Park, VIC a while ago but I think it may be the one advertised above. I also remember seeing one on ebay some years ago.
A SWB Carawagon was sold recently in QLD.


Colin

Bessie-the-Saudi-110
3rd June 2016, 07:30 AM
Hi All,

I have been lucky enough to stumble upon a 1963 Series 2a Carawagon Hardtop. It had been sitting in a back yard for the last 10 years after it's previous owner had passed away.

I have been told that it was a one owner car, although I do not have any paperwork to confirm this.

This will be my next project once i put Bob, my 110, back on the road.

gromit
3rd June 2016, 06:21 PM
Nice find.

As always, they are out there, it's just finding them..........

There was one like this on Ebay some years ago, gradually being swallowed by the undergrowth, maybe the same one ? Was it in the Dandenongs because someone told me about one a while ago ?


Colin

Bessie-the-Saudi-110
3rd June 2016, 07:00 PM
Yes, it was in Ferntree Gully. Even though the grass had been cut, it looks as though some form of creeper had taken a hold of it as there were quite a few vines which had got onto the cab through the gaps in the floor plates..

jerryd
4th June 2016, 05:22 PM
I remember seeing this advertised a few years ago, it's nice to see that it has been rescued at last.

Good luck with it :)


You might want to join our exclusive club ;)

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gromit
2nd October 2016, 07:04 PM
There's one for sale in WA at the moment, check out Gumtree.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/10/803.jpg


Colin

Bessie-the-Saudi-110
3rd October 2016, 05:55 AM
Looks very straight and complete..

Be a great project!

jerryd
4th October 2016, 10:27 PM
Looks very straight and complete..

Be a great project!

Is there much progress on your carawagon yet ??

Bessie-the-Saudi-110
10th October 2016, 12:32 PM
Is there much progress on your carawagon yet ??

Should be getting it back from Romsey at the end of the week.

I had them getting it to go and stop again.. Looking forward to it!

Curly Kangaroo
25th January 2017, 01:51 AM
Hi Guys,

I was in WA for work and went to look at the Carawagon that has been mentioned in the earlier post from 2nd Oct 2016.
It is for sale still.

Unfortunatley.... the vehicle would require a complete restoration.
Unfortunately the previous owner has let it stand un used (and mostly outdoors) for the last 20 years. :o

The bulkhead is completely rotten. The front doors are completely rotten.
The engine is seized and the rocker off it.
All the brakes, and hoses etc under the bonnet and beyond require replacement in full and all steel lines are corroded.

The chassis is ok except I did pull out 5 to 10 cent piece sized pieces of shale rust from the drainage hole on the left side longitudinal section around the centre of the vehicle chassis. The rear RHS corner has taken a hit and the rear out rigger has rust in it as a result.

The head light surround/radiator support panel and bonnet underside structure had heavy surface rust, if not, worse.

The vehicle would require re-wiring from the firewall forward.

The Carawagon roof timbers are rotted through and the perspex 'alpine' windows in the Carawagon roof section are all crazed and the seals are completely dried out and shrunken leaving gaps to the outside world.

The interior is quite good for its age - although well used the interior is complete.

The rear awning is completely brittle and stuffed but would suffice as a template.

The springs were rusty and would require overhaul and repainting.

The gearbox and transfer were covered in the usual thick old aged oil and I don't know the condition and operation of these or the diffs/axles.

The paint was quite faded and chalky and the front left 1/4 guard was very faded.

This vehicle is redeemable but would require around $20K on parts alone, not including painting, if one was so inclined to go that far.

I know this is a Carawagon and therefore rare in a way (there was a mint S3 Carawagon for sale somewhere online recently in the UK for $20K) , however I believe the current seller (son of the owner) is being unrealistic on price at $7500. He wouldn't really enter into a conversation about a better price.
As a result I offered a low ball price on account of the amount of work that was required and the fact I live over east and would need to freight the vehicle over at great cost also, but the vehicle really is very close to being a basket case....
It is such a shame that such a unique vehicle has been let to go to waste like this.

If someone out there is prepared to spend the money the current owner is asking, then I hope it is brought back to life to live another day.

I hope this finds any prospective buyer and gives them help in deciding, especially if you are considering it from a long way from its current Perth based location.

Kind regards, CK

gromit
25th January 2017, 09:23 AM
Hi Guys,

I was in WA for work and went to look at the Carawagon that has been mentioned in the earlier post from 2nd Oct 2016.
It is for sale still.

Unfortunatley.... the vehicle would require a complete restoration.
Unfortunately the previous owner has let it stand un used (and mostly outdoors) for the last 20 years. :o

The bulkhead is completely rotten. The front doors are completely rotten.
The engine is seized and the rocker off it.
All the brakes, and hoses etc under the bonnet and beyond require replacement in full and all steel lines are corroded.

The chassis is ok except I did pull out 5 to 10 cent piece sized pieces of shale rust from the drainage hole on the left side longitudinal section around the centre of the vehicle chassis. The rear RHS corner has taken a hit and the rear out rigger has rust in it as a result.

The head light surround/radiator support panel and bonnet underside structure had heavy surface rust, if not, worse.

The vehicle would require re-wiring from the firewall forward.

The Carawagon roof timbers are rotted through and the perspex 'alpine' windows in the Carawagon roof section are all crazed and the seals are completely dried out and shrunken leaving gaps to the outside world.

The interior is quite good for its age - although well used the interior is complete.

The rear awning is completely brittle and stuffed but would suffice as a template.

The springs were rusty and would require overhaul and repainting.

The gearbox and transfer were covered in the usual thick old aged oil and I don't know the condition and operation of these or the diffs/axles.

The paint was quite faded and chalky and the front left 1/4 guard was very faded.

This vehicle is redeemable but would require around $20K on parts alone, not including painting, if one was so inclined to go that far.

I know this is a Carawagon and therefore rare in a way (there was a mint S3 Carawagon for sale somewhere online recently in the UK for $20K) , however I believe the current seller (son of the owner) is being unrealistic on price at $7500. He wouldn't really enter into a conversation about a better price.
As a result I offered a low ball price on account of the amount of work that was required and the fact I live over east and would need to freight the vehicle over at great cost also, but the vehicle really is very close to being a basket case....
It is such a shame that such a unique vehicle has been let to go to waste like this.

If someone out there is prepared to spend the money the current owner is asking, then I hope it is brought back to life to live another day.

I hope this finds any prospective buyer and gives them help in deciding, especially if you are considering it from a long way from its current Perth based location.

Kind regards, CK

Thanks for the feedback.
I did speak with the owner and it looked OK'ish from the photos on Gumtree but your report gives a better idea of what really needs doing.

Considering that I paid much less than his asking price for a Dormobile with a reco engine & gearbox that I could probably have driven home on a permit.......maybe the price is a bit on the high side ?

Colin

chazza
25th January 2017, 10:05 AM
Tell 'im he's dreamin!

Half that price, would demand some serious thinking from someone desperate to own one.

Thank you for such a comprehensive report and for taking the trouble to tell us Curly :D

Cheers Charlie

eeyore
1st February 2017, 01:34 PM
Thanks for the report; I've idly watched that one gumtree for a while too. I think it started at $12k? Or at least $10k :o

Pretty sad to see a lovely old girl like that be allowed to just fall into ruin :(

Johnno_p
6th December 2018, 10:37 AM
Iíve just purchased an 1969 Carawagon from Qld.
Itís been off the road since 1980 and been garaged for most of that time.
Iím in the process of getting it shipped down from Qld to Vic.
If anyone has some suggestions on freight companies that can transport a non-running vehicle and 2x motors, please let me know.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181205/38984a26f0e4dac151cac55c38501e05.jpg