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Saturday 17 March 2018

1964 AUSTIN J2 PARALANIAN - Brightwells Auctions Affordable Classics Sale Wednesday 21st March 2018 Bicester Heritage. (OX26 5HA)

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Brightwells Auctions
Affordable Classics Sale
Wednesday 21st March 2018
Bicester Heritage. (OX26 5HA)

Colour: Beige & Grey
Registration No: ENP 596B
Chassis No. J2CA111912
Engine Size: 1622cc
Engine No.16JCUC3087

The Paralanian was the brain-child of Cliff Hobson, the Works Director at Central Garage in Bradford. Experienced in the design and build of cabin cruisers pre-war and fitting out motor torpedo boats during hostilities, he identified a niche in the market for a luxury motor caravan.
The prototype, produced in 1956, used a Morris Commercial/Austin J2 as its base. Rugged and reliable, the ‘cab-over’ layout provided plenty of space on which to build the luxury accommodation. The commodious bodywork allowed space for a cooker and fridge, with room to stand up straight and live in considerable comfort.

In 1958, their popularity was further enhanced with the fitment of a wardrobe, not a major step forward you might think, but one that exempted the Paralanian from the punitive Purchase Tax levied at the time. Dubbed ‘The Aristocrat of Camper Vans’ by its makers, production continued until the mid- ‘60s when Central Garage was sold to the Lookers Group. Its rather odd name came about because it was made at the Parry Lane works – hence Paralanian.
First registered in March 1964, this Paralanian had five owners before being acquired for the collection in 2012. Appearing to be in reasonable condition all round with an interior well-equipped for camping trips, it shouldn’t take too much effort to get it tidied up and ready to roll. An entrant in the 2011 Bournemouth Run, it’s last MOT expired in August 2013.
Its rugged 1,622cc B-Series engine offers unlimited tuning potential, so with a bit of imagination, this classic camper could easily hold its own in the fast lane. It would look very much at home at the Goodwood Revival or its new owner could join the ever-growing classic camper set for those romantic weekends away.

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