Available in standard and elevating-roof versions, the Torcars Marinas offered a choice of practical vehicles for outings and short breaks.
The text and pictures below have been taken from the Torcars brochures.
Founding member of the Torcars range, the Suntor model offered a fully-lined, spring-loaded elevating roof and a wealth of built-in cupboards in the rear. Raising the roof provided not only 6′ internal headroom, but also valuable extra storage space. Both the front and rear seats could be reclined to form a 6′ 4″ x 4′ double bed, with 4″-thick Dunlopillo cushioning. The front seats could also be reversed to face the rear to provide a dining area, in conjunction with the tables formed by the top-hinged locker doors.
The kitchen area came equipped with a cooker with two burners and grill, a compact sink fed by an under-floor water tank and hand-drawn pump, plus ample storage space afforded by the built-in cupboards. Fitted carpets and tailored curtains completed the scene.
In the days before the MPV had even been thought of, the Suncamper offered out-and-about families something more than a standard estate car. Introduced as a budget companion to the established Suntor, it did without the elevating roof. In place of the fitted cabinets, the Suncamper had just a removable cooker and sink unit, with a standard 2-gallon water carrier taking the place of the Suntor pump-fed underfloor tank. Open the under-sink cupboard, however, and you’d find a set of crockery and cutlery for four.
As with the Suntor, the front and rear seats could be converted into a double bed, albeit without the benefit of Dunlopillo cushioning, and the cabin was trimmed with fitted carpets and curtains. Customers could choose between the 1098cc 7cwt or 1275cc 10cwt “Marina” vans as the basis for the conversion.
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