Posts Tagged ‘camper’

Not-So-Fun Size – 1977 GMC Jimmy Casa Grande

June 18, 2014

The 1970s brought out more creative solutions to the triple punch of emissions, fuel economy, and safety laws that were getting in the way of automakers’ good time. Marketers could no longer wantonly talk about horsepower when most V8s struggled to surpass 200hp (thanks also to the change to net horsepower measurement), so they had to come up with clever ways to move their metal. Things like “sports” packages that consisted of little more than a spoiler and some vinyl stripes were commonplace, but GM (yes, bad, old, non-innovative GM) took it one step further, adding a camper top to their Jimmy two-door SUV. And so you have a camper that seats 4, sleeps 2, has a stove and sink, and unlike other campers, allows you to go where only 4-wheel-drive vehicles can. Check out this 1977 GMC Jimmy Casa Grande for sale for $3500 in Anaheim, CA.

1977 GMC Jimmy Casa Grande left side



Creepy and Cool – 1964 Mercury Park Lane Camper

February 28, 2014

There’s something creepy about old neglected campers. Perhaps it’s the commonality they have with an abandoned home, or the fact that popular culture associates them with “I’ve got some candy in here for you”, but on the other hand, their styling and chassis are representative of the time in which they were built. In the 1950s and 1960s, when road trips were the main way for families to travel, and the mobile home industry was still relatively young, manufacturers tried out various innovative ways of providing a home on wheels. Some of those were the formats you’d still recognize today, and others were, how do you say, different. One of those was dropping a piggyback camper on a conventional sedan, like this 1964 Mercury Park Lane camper, for sale for $1800 in Surrey, BC.

1964 Mercury Park Lane camper