‘Florence’ is a 1966 ex Swiss postal service van of which only 350 where commissioned, and a mere 50 (ish) survive globally today.
Used daily in Bern from 1966 ~1977 before being sold to a private Swiss buyer ~ and eventually moved to Hungary in 1992 and used as a camper & a ‘rock band’ tour van. It is in Budapest where Polly & Mark found her. The poor condition of ‘Florence’ was expected ~ a full restoration program was undertaken. Keeping her as original as possible, great care & attention was taken when restoring original parts, including two original VW colours, but the pink was special. The vintage hand painted sign cleverly evokes a nostalgic feel.
‘Matilda’ is a 1966 van too, and was also destined for a life in Switzerland, but was redirected to a working life in Belgium,
where her fiberglass high top and large serving windows where fitted for life as a waffle van. Her history is a little more shrouded, with the occasional visit to European festivals as a camper in the 90’s, then she popped up at festivals in Scotland in the mid/late 90’s. Mark found her slumbering and neglected in a Cheshire barn in early 2020, and we took the plunge (in spite of Covid!). Lots of work and TLC later and she is running sweet and is based in Berkshire as our first franchise.
Inside ‘Florence’ & ‘Matilda’ there are bespoke holdover freezers that require no running engines, generators or electricity during the day ~ peace & quiet for you to enjoy our delicious ice creams.
Our vintage ice cream vans are very mobile ~ visiting fantastic people at fabulous shows, fairs, fetes, birthday parties, corporate events, festivals & are very popular at weddings.
‘Florence’ & ‘Matilda’ are vintage ice cream vans that make people happy & smile wherever they goe, it’s not hard to see why. They make us smile all the time, we especially love it when people frantically wave at us whilst driving up and down the highways & byways.
They are a feast for the eyes at any occasion.
When you hire our vans you are not just hiring an incredible hand scooped luxury vintage ice cream van, you also get a piece of classic iconic history ~ something that you will not see again ~ a moment in time for you to savour forever. We all have fond memories of vintage ice cream vans, the excitement of running to get an ice cream just before they pull off ~ but now there is no need to run….Polly’s Parlour will be ready & waiting ~ you can have as many ice creams as you like ~ all your wishes have come true!
Polly’s Parlour can give you that sense of nostalgia with a twist………but only if you hire ‘Florence’ & ‘Matilda’.
You could use our vans as a prop for a vintage wedding shoot, old fashioned sea side shoot, retro magazine cover ~ or anything else you can think of. Our special VW’s can be commissioned to use in film, documentary or adverts. We am really approachable & even if you think your ideas are unusual, please feel free to contact Polly’s Parlour.