Personal Car – Who Stole My Caravan?

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For the North American and South Canadian readers – the standing joke in Australia at Easter used to be the propensity of old fogeys to hook up large caravans to Toyota Crown sedans and then block two lanes of traffic everywhere as they slowly cruised around the country. Not quite a standing joke – more of a 20 miles per hour joke. The humour has declined with the passing of the Crown and its replacement by 4WD’s – they have more power and can now travel at 30 MPH…

This Toyota owner who exhibited his carvan tug at the Oakover Winery Hot Rod Show has decided to go for the lowrider look without jacking up the front end – Lord knows it gets up there when the caravan hitch hits the ball at the back – and achieved it with modern slim-line tyres. These are popular with the rice rockets here in the oriental suburbs too, though I cannot say whether they improve handling around the car park of the Krispy-Kreme on Leach Highway to any marked degree. At least they look good when they  turn on the blue under-pan lighting.

Looking at the lines of this Crown we must complement the Japanese for a reasonably smooth design. Heavily sculpted on the sides with the slab windows that preceded modern curved glass and bench seats – this were the days before whiplash existed – if your neck ached you rubbed it.

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Note the rear quarter and the fact that this was made before the law looked at cars –  the tiny little turn signals look like they are afterthoughts – and not amber ones at that. Definitely made for the NA market.

Kudos for the owner for keeping the side trim – the white slab would be undefined without it.

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Interior? I wonder what is under the Mexican blanket? Will he upholster the door panel in Mexican stripes as well? Are we saving up for roll and tuck? Does the radio work? Isn’t having only AM a bore? Too many questions to ask…

Never mind – this is a personal car all right. Hope the suspension agrees with the low profiles – it would be a nice sedate rider if you had thicker tyres. Just right for a caravan to the coast.

3 thoughts on “Personal Car – Who Stole My Caravan?

  1. The jelly wobble suspension would probably soak up the tremor from the O-ring tyres, but it ain’t gonna make it go round corners any better unless they’ve done some serious suspension rebuilding. It’s a “flabulous” cruiser, why pretend it ain’t? Nice to see it still alive though. After our brand new Holden HR wagon self destructed in 18 months on the roads in the north west at the time, we replaced it with a Toyota Crown wagon, with, TA DAH, an electrically operated tailgate window. Nothing was better than that for a 4 year old. The Crown lasted years and years…


  2. Found this randomly while searching for something else, to answer your questions the door panel was off because I was having issues with the locks. The interior is surprisingly good under the blankets, very faded and boring however. Interior is a long way off though, 18RG and decent suspension come first. The radio does work, and is super boring. The skinny tires made for a very rough ride, I’ve moved up to 15’s with a higher profile and it’s a lot more comfortable, well, for a 50 year old car on lowered suspension anyway. Glad to see you took an interest in it, it usually gets bypassed for the Aussie and American gear, but I enjoy driving something a bit different



    1. Dear Matt, Well I am delighted. Your Toyota is just the sort of car I want to see more of in the Western Australian car scene. Oh, it’s fun to see the rods and the customs that are imported from the US or built up here and of course we all like to see Holden or Falcon customs…but when you candidly admit it, Australia since the early 60’s has had a heck of a lot of Japanese cars that have provided us with reliable transportation for decades. I use one now. If they could be seized upon by the rodders and customisers it would provide a whole new world of enthusiast’s cars. I guess they might come under DOT regulations somewhat but if the bureaucracy can pass 1949 Vanguards for road use they can pass anything. Not the Vanguards, mind, unless they are going down hill…


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