Lot 244 - 1954 Airstream 19ft Caravan
|Estimate||£46,000 - £52,000|
|Result||Sold - £43,680|
Airstream is an American brand of caravans which are easily recognized by the distinctive shape of their rounded and polished aluminum coachwork. This body shape dates back to the 1930s and is based on designs created by Hawley Bowlus. Airstream trailers and recreational vehicles are manufactured in Jackson Center, Ohio. The company, now a division of Thor Industries, employs more than 800 people, and is the oldest in the industry.
Airstreamers are a group who share a community spirit because of their common love of the trailers. In the early 1950s, Airstream company founder Wally Byam began leading groups of owners on travels to many parts of the world, where the towed trailers were quite a remarkable sight. Photos taken of the trailers in front of many famous tourist sites were common. This promoted a mystique which surrounded Airstreams and persists to this day.
The vendor of this Airstream is an interior designer and as such this iconic American classic presents in wonderful condition. Having purchased the ‘van as a restoration project, he set about removing the body and repairing the chassis as required, together with overhauling the brakes. The interior was completely stripped, repaired where necessary, insulated and started to be reassembled. He then set about using his contacts to supply the best quality materials resulting in an Airstream of the highest quality and with superb design features. A refurbished Paul Metalcraft kitchen was fitted together with a Husky fridge, electric water pump, hot water and walnut worktops all resulting in an authentic 50’s feel. A double bed is fitted which can be enclosed if required. At the other end of the Airstream a new toilet and shower/wet room was fitted, the walls having previously been treated to ensure suitable waterproofing. The effect of all this work has created a minimalistic feel combined with a retro, contemporary design. Viewing of this stunning Airstream is highly recommended, it really does take glamping to a different level.
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