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Toyota Granvia

From East to West

photos by Chris Burlace

Burlace looks at Wellhouse Toyota Granvia built in and reborn in Yorkshire

The past has brought a new category of camper to the scene. I don’t mean all new owners resulting from until recently, fast-growing market. No, it’s the van conversions half-familiar names such as Fredo, Mazda Bongo, Regius and Granvia, or Honda

Japan is the world’s second producer of cars and commercials but it is the one exporter of used vehicles. The has a tax regime which discourages from hanging on to older This not only benefits motor industry by boosting but also – in a land with air pollution problems – increases the of vehicles on the road which all the latest emissions control

Wellhouse was one of the pioneers in bringing vans, people carriers and some ready-converted campers – of which came with such as automatic, air-con or four-wheel drive – and converting or them in its own workshops. Company David Elliott had his scouts in to pick out the cream of the crop at vehicle sales, while in Yorkshire he established the essential to the business of servicing and spares

Wellhouse’s enterprise converting Japanese base vehicles has enormously with the company to larger premises, starting a bodyshop and beginning to convert new European vans plus, the Korean Hyundai 800i. Its roof conversion of the latter the Shepley company a hat trick of last year, really it on the motorhome map. It took a Caravan of the Year’ trophy at our show, won a ‘Caravan Industry’ and was picked as ‘Best Elevating Model’ in Practical Motorhome’s

This Granvia, built as an people carrier, left the factory in 1998 and the odometer just 36,950 km (23 k miles) it arrived in Yorkshire. Under the is a 2.7 litre, 145 PS four-cylinder petrol teamed with a four-speed gearbox. The ‘van cruised and quietly at motorway speeds and changes produced punchy for safe overtaking. Pennine proved the ability of the Toyota to iron out the potholes and bumps and steep gradients – 1-in-7s and according to the OS map – which the outfit took in its stride.


The Granvia provides performance top speed – I guess – would be over the ‘ton’, but with the engine it comes at a price. mpg would likely be in the low twenties. therefore, the buyer of this chose to have the LPG conversion Wellhouse offers for £1400. should improved the key figure, per pound in your pocket, by a or more. And, of course, it increases the range of the ‘van.

the Granvia is almost identical to the VW T4 and T5, so are well-proven caravan layouts to Wellhouse offers the classic seat/bed with side as in this example, or a walk-through with the cab seats teaming rear singles to make beds.

As a people carrier the comes far better equipped the usual panel van. It, of has electric windows and mirrors, locking, twin airbags and a rear window with But then a heated windscreen is standard, there is electric of reach and rake for the driver’s front-and rear parking alloy wheels, and mudflaps all The cab air con had ducting to deliver air also to the and warm air too is similarly directed for the of rear passengers. Granvia with rear side these with privacy ready installed and the forward – front-hinged openers – provide to the living area.

Importantly this built-first-for-passengers boasts full interior Panels and custom-made plastic hide all the metalwork from to roof, around doors, and windows. Wellhouse’s trimmer has to make good the area the roof opening where the frame for the Reimo elevating is fitted. This brings a complete, professional looking to the interior than is achieved in all but a few conversions which start a panel van. In the Granvia the neat detail is fitted blinds to side windows and – so curtains would be superfluous the cab Wellhouse supplies thermal

Cabinetwork in this conversion is from Vöhringer lightweight with its tough, scratch/dent laminate surface. Customers a choice of finish – mock mottled greys etc. – and the neat plastic edgings to complement or contrast. In this apart from the doors to the for the Dometic 972 toilet and gas bottle, all were tambour roller-sliders to access to the storage spaces with seatback up or down, in place or bed extended. The cabinetwork is in style but smart, well-finished and that built-to-last feel.

The Reimo roof goes up there are two straps to release, a push initiates lifting and a pair of gas struts take on the Zipped covers in the skirt a plastic window at the rear and ventilation panels in the sides. The bed comprises a fixed base over the cab and two removable boards, stack at the rear. It will a couple of kids or one not-too-tall sleeper.

Below Wellhouse a robust, steel-framed seat/bed integral three-point inertia-reel This ‘van was equipped to three rear passengers – a if all adults but perhaps a plus if the is to be used for the school run. A arrangement is an option. Anyway, the scores well for comfort. It is proportioned, the squab comes a modest knee-roll and is neither too nor too deep (as is the case in not a few motorhomes), the back has a comfy rake.

Bedmaking starts with the of the seat’s one-piece head a slightly awkward job. If are no rear passengers the item is left at home. A release allows the squab to be pulled and along with the sections to make a flat, firmish bed is free of any kind of of gaps which elbows or shoulder might sink. Lighting be bright enough with an LED over the kitchen, a trio of along the nearside, a directable at the rear (which can be last out at time) and another – light-on-a-stalk – which can also serve the bed. With the bed in place is still sufficient floorspace for or to use the compact toilet which was from its locker before began. And in the morning fridge, and hob are get-at-able for making the first of the day.

The Granvia’s kitchen is L-plan, widened at the forward end to the Waeco fridge. Above are a drawer – just right for and kitchen implements but needing a or partitioning to keep order – and a shelf. The latter, too low for worktop like chopping and mixing, is a bonus and handy to stand involved in the culinary capers. To the the unit provides a locker to accept Dometic’s smallest the 972, and two tambour-doored cupboards will hold pots, crockery and some provisions. a pair of shallow lockers swallow the smaller packets, containers, kitchen roll A combination  stainless steel hob (each part with a lid) takes up more half of the kitchen worktop. down there is enough but lids open for action and one is with just two small areas. Still, that’s no Both the main table, on a and the pivoting front table can be for kitchen duties. It’s not a of space which will the chef de cuisine but the limitations of two burners. Time to pull tricks. Pack a steamer to several vegetables at once. a toaster for that essential breakfast menu. Or again, if on – how about an electric frying

Moving rearwards into territory, the wardrobe with its tambour shutter has to accommodate units and a shelf in the bottom and so hang only short and blouses. Owners might opt for adjustable/removable shelves to make use of space. There is a shelved to the rear and above the gas locker. The locker, which will a goodly collection of kit and provisions in and boxes, has a large front and is open at the rear to the ‘hold’ under the bed cushion. This for load-through of long items more boxes, bags or although some space is to the large inboard water Meanwhile, atop the bed cushion and the seat is the place to stow the also, perhaps, to lay a suit with some smarter and which at night could in the cab.

The sleek shape, paint job with colour-coded and mirrors, tinted windows and wheels make this every inch a leisure But, of course, with its layout it still remains a people carrier and – if needed – a daily workhorse as well as a It can seat four, sometimes is refined and comfortable, keeps its cool in summer and warm in There is load space for goods or carrying special for a job.

As a camper Wellhouse’s conversion is likely to be the choice of couples, but it can be a or two-plus-two (ready to take the away for a weekend treat or If there’s a towing task this 2.7-litre 145 PS petrol (or the 3.4 V6 or 3.0 TD options) will have the required and some to spare. can also be found with the option for those who plan to beyond where the tarmac while the hightop variants can the door (not quite the metaphor) to winter camping a suitable heater, too, is

This Granvia has features – alloys, parking sensors etc – would add very substantially to the of an all-new ‘van and would be to all be found together on used available for conversion. It scores for specification and again for its looks. the ‘van is smart and pleasing to the eye Toyota’s comprehensive trim by Wellhouse’s cabinetwork, its simple enhanced by those tambour and by the upholstery subtly embellished buttoning-and-stitching.

The looks of this belie its age and the feel on the road to confirm its low mileage. Wellhouse, now getting on for ten years experience, has confidence in the vehicles it brings Japan. All are fully serviced changed if required) and subjected to an RAC with report before Granvia and Regius models come with a three warranty on the vehicle and habitation regardless of mileage, and have 12 MOT. Prices include 6 road tax, mains and gas bottle. Compared with used ‘vans on the UK market, and new-on – old conversions this Granvia looked to be very priced, in particular considering its spec.

Wellhouse typically has 50 converted/unconverted vehicles in stock often a dozen or more on the seas. Buyers can choose a conversion or pick an unconverted and then choose furniture upholstery and extras.

FACTS AND FIGURES

Base Toyota Granvia 1998, miles

Dimensions: 4.79 m L x m W x 2.10 m H

Weights: MTPLM kg, payload 500kg (approx)

Toyota Granvia

petrol 2.7 litre, max. 145 PS @ 4800 rpm, Max. 227 Nm @ 3600 rpm

Gearbox: automatic

Suspension: front – double and torsion bar

rear – semi-trailing and coil springs

Steering: and pinion, power assisted

four wheel ventilated with servo and ABS

Equipment: and passenger airbags, electrically mirrors, electric windows, rear window with rear and front corner sensors, remote central air conditioning, electric reach and adjustment for the driver’s seat, windscreen, alloy wheels, and rear mudflaps, Kenwood player with rear

Beds: lower 183 cm x 115 cm, upper 176 cm x 96 cm

Waeco 12v compressor 40 litres

Dometic 972 with 9.8 litre tank

Water tanks 50-litre inboard/40-litre under

Gas: 1 x Gaz 907 (2.82 kg)

Electrics: 95 Ah mains system with RCD and charger, 1 x 230V and 1 x 12V sockets

LPG conversion including 80 litre £1,400 inc. in the above

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