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    Default So what goes wrong with a caravelle?

    Some friends of mine are thinking or purchasing a Caravelle.

    Where does the rust live and does the chassis sag as do some convertible of that age.

    Anyone know of a road going one in good condition?

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    Check out the for sale thread

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    There is a very nice one in the Parkes Car Museum NSW that I am told can be had for $10K. It belonged to a friend a few years ago, and now the new owner would like to sell it. I have no contact details of the new owner.

    As for what goes wrong with them. The mechanicals are virtually the same as an R10, and so are quite good. The rubbers on the gearshift rod near the gearbox can get soft and will make the gearshift sloppy, but are cheap and easy to replace. The 4 wheel disc brakes work fine, but will feel a bit dead compared to modern brakes as there is no power assist. They just need a bit more of a push.

    Parts like rubbers and mechanical parts are still available, but a restoration will cost as least as much as the car is worth and probably more. Buy one that somebody else has spent the money, and then get enjoy driving it straight away.

    The body is where most problems will be, with rust in lots of places in unloved vehicles. Generally though around the front and in the boot, the floors and bottoms of the doors. Many I have seen have had front end bingles, mostly repaired with bog. Given it can be a 50 YO car, you really need to inspect each vehicle as it comes.

    I have just come back from a weeklong Caravelle/Floride club rally in France where their following is very strong. I think the club has 200 members with many more cars than there are owners. Some have 4 or more on the road. There were 67 Caravelles and 10 Florides on the rally. I am quite sure I will never see as many Caravelles in one place again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Exfrogger View Post
    Some friends of mine are thinking or purchasing a Caravelle.

    Where does the rust live and does the chassis sag as do some convertible of that age.

    Anyone know of a road going one in god condition?

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    Hmm! God condition? Well, 'all knowing' doesn't seem applicable, 'all powerful' is not really the Caravelle's thing (although the are some splendid conversions around) and 'perfectly good' seems too much to ask of a decades old car. Still, seek & you may find.

    cheers! Peter

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    Absolutely right!

    Let's think "goodly" rather than "godly" and it might stand a chance.
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    I land back in Perth Wednesday Morning early, and don't really have to be back in Collie until night fall, so if you need a hand just give me a call as I have a couple things to do in town anyway.
    The rust, well the only place I haven't seen rust in a Floride or Caravelle is under the bonnet.
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