Category: Airstream

Restoring a one-off Airstream, gold-flake bathtub and all – @Hemmings

Restoring a one-off Airstream, gold-flake bathtub and all – @Hemmings

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Restoring a one-off Airstream, gold-flake bathtub and all

[Editor’s Note: We recently connected with Paul Lacitinola, the publisher of Vintage Camper Trailersmagazine, regarding a rather unique Airstream that he recently restored, one of only two that the factory finished with gold anodizing. Here he tells us how he found it and subsequently restored it.]

The silhouette of an Airstream trailer has remained mostly unchanged since the 1950s and is thereby recognizable by most. Often described as a silver Twinkie or silver bullet, the iconic foil-wrapped baked potato shape is often synonymous with the color silver. With an exterior made of aluminum, and either left to weather to a dull gray, or polished to a shiny, reflective finish, an Airstream trailer is an iconic image on America’s highways. Airstream trailers are considered by many to be the Gold Standard of trailers but what you may not know is that the company also made two “gold” trailers.

Restoring a one-off Airstream, gold-flake bathtub and all

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Earliest-known factory Airstream meets earliest-known Byam-built Curtis Wright trailer – Daniel Strohl @Hemmings

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Vintage trailers are becoming all the range as the ideal companion for vintage and classic cars, having your own trailer makes touring so much more fun and convenient.

Somehow it seems fitting that, though the earliest-known factory-built Airstream featured entirely wooden construction, a full sheathing of aluminum nevertheless preserved it, ensuring a reunion of sorts with the earliest-known Curtis Wright trailer — another one of Wally Byam’s creations — this past summer.

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