Renovating Annie was probably one of the most rewarding activities that Shane and I have enjoyed doing together. So much so that my head has been full of bigger and better ideas for potentially another reno at some stage in the future.
As a member of a number of Facebook Groups, I was exposed to so many other makes and models of vintage vans that I never knew existed. I was a York gal through and through or so I thought.
That was until I set my sights on the 70's Viscount range. The ones with the curved windows. Didn't I just want to go up and hug them.
I started about 6 months ago checking out the online sales of the 15 - 16ft range. We inspected a few vans advertised locally and were shocked at the prices some owners were asking for their leaky rusting and broken old vans.
I was intrigued with some of the reno's fellow Instagrammers were doing on their Viscounts and recently, the problems many were having with replacing and/or maintaining those lovable curvy windows.
My desire for this model van was waning but the Viscounts still had me at "hello".
Over the last couple of months a number of Viscount Royals have come up for sale online. Just as I was getting organised to call or email the owners to have an inspection, the vans were sold. The majority of vans were in Victoria and I was getting to the point of buying "sight unseen" and paying the $1000 dollar shipping fee to NSW, just to secure one of these gems for myself.
So I logged into Gumtree and set my account to "email me immediately" when any 15ft Viscount Royals come up for sale.
Well, in true Gumtree fashion, they did send me an email, I did respond to that email and thankyou Lord, the van in question was living in the next suburb. Within 24 hrs, she was mine. 🙃🤪😀