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1972 Airstream Excella 28 For Sale

For sale is my well looked after LHD 1979 Airstream Excella 28 with rare panoramic rear bedroom/lounge. Two previous owners. Mileage when I bought it was 97k (miles) – I’ve since I’ve owned it driven a further 18k miles on annual European holidays. Mot’d every year by me, now MOT and Tax Exempt 1979 Airstream Excella 28 (28 ft length) 8.5m Chevrolet 454 big block V8 - petrol GM TH400 3-speed transmission - refurbished recently (3 years ago) Also fitted with a gear vendors over/under drive unit. Engine – converted by me from carb to EFI Electronic cruise control unit fitted (Dakota Digital) - this replaced the original servo based system when the change over to EFI was done. Brakes – new front callipers fitted with hi-friction pads, wheel bearings also changed. I should still have the original callipers as spares. Bodywork – while not perfect is very good for being 40 years old. Yes there are battle scars but its original and shows nice patina. Tyres – all legal most have been replaced and some less than1 year old. Spare tyre is good Dometic 8500 awning is still functional but could do with a new canvas in the next few years. Bespoke motorcycle / scooter rack and interchangeable UK tow bar Rear lights converted to UK standard LED marker lights fitted - headlamps converted for UK use. Motorhome - Interior refurbished – see photos – many original features retained – too much to list but include:- Built in 5kva generator and a 5kw 120v to 240v converter, also fitted with a 5kw power inverter. A couple of chassis outriggers replaced as required, plywood floor replaced where needed, new vinyl floor covering fitted throughout. Extensive sympathetic restoration of the interior.?Main renovation for the motorhome habitation area was  to also replace all 120v equipment with 230v UK/Euro spec equipment. This included: - New Dometic Fridge Freezer (largest unit they make) Satellite TV dish Dometic 3200 air condition unit. Split charging system new - 2019 New cooker - again the largest that can be bought specifically for motorhomes. Wide screen TV – linked to satellite system and Free to view, other satellites can be picked up. Heating - two whale warm air blower systems, one for the main living area and separate unit for the rear bedroom both installed by Whale Pumps (Bangor NI) along with a gas and electric Whale hot water boiler system. Whale also replaced all plumbing with their quick-fit system, New 230v electrics fitted including distribution boards and additional 230v sockets. On board gas tank, this has had the connected converted to European, BBQ point. Large fresh water tank and grey and black waste tanks as standard. Original front seats (fitted with lap seat belts) recovered recently in two tone leather and new door cards and dash covered in the same leather. New "shag pile" chocolate carpet fitted. All electrical and gas work carried out by Leisure Technical Services in Northern Ireland - happy you speak to them if needed. Floor-covering replaced with "bamboo" floor vinyl, side wall and ceiling recovered with SIBU designer brushed aluminium in the main area, internal window frames, tambour doors painted in old english white to complement the interior. Original fans, one not working (but have spare to go with the van). Up front the sofa bed to the left is original but recovered in blue, has two lap seat belts. Original tambour storage doors with original storage bins all intact. The original right hand side I put in a forward facing seat and some temporary seating and had it recovered in a similar fabric as the sofa bed. I had custom made front and rear lined curtains made and complimented these with roller blinds on the side, while this was OK for a while I then had made a custom set of (over 20 individual) silver thermal block out blinds. The kitchen unit is the original shape but recovered in a new laminate, the double sink unit and the mixer taps are original. I fitted a flush mount pop-up 13amp 3 way socket. The cooker was bought new for the camper as was the extractor fan. The tambour doors and shelving below are all original. On the other side of the camper I replaced with the largest Dometic motorhome fridge freezer. This, and the decor panel on the fridge/freezer have been laminated in the same colour as the kitchen except is gloss with the kitchen side being matt. Above the fridge freezer I left for a storage area fitted two "Atlas" genuine used aircraft boxes. Backwards of the main area are the shower room and the bathroom - both of these are functional and in fully working condition. I've replaced mixer taps in both areas and had all the plumbing replace. In the rear bedroom everything is original except for the mattress (I've still got the originals) The Airstream is believed to be one of approximately 12 motorhomes in the UK  and possibly the only one in Ireland?  Probably the only Airstream 28 Excella with a rear panoramic bedroom. The camper now benefits from being both MOT and Vehicle Tax free being a “classic vehicle” I have V5 in my name to prove. I also have the original drivers and parts manuals. I’m selling as simply want a change, I’ve hugely enjoyed this Airstream over the past 8 years as you’ll see from the many photos of us on holidays. I’m happy to consider a trade of sorts. Firstly a modern smaller motorhome, happy with cash either way. Classic car, classic motorcycle - interested in competition cars/bikes not just road vehicles. My Airstream is ideally suited to someone with good mechanical knowledge. I’ve got lots of spares that I’ve gathered up over the years, these are all included. This will include weather-strips, window seals, internal fittings and well as spare starter motors, ignition leads, fuel pumps etc etc. long list, but were all purchased to keep the van on the road. The Airstream is near to Belfast, NI. 15 mins from airports and ferries, happy to assist viewers / purchasers - let me know. I've priced the Airstream sensibly to sell, if you want me to consider you vehicle you need to be sensible with the valuations also. Delivery to anywhere in Europe can be made at buyers expense, more than happy to arrange. Happy to conform to all social distancing for those that want to view here in Northern Ireland. If you've got this far then are some 100 pics in the following links - much more detail inc a video. https://flic.kr/s/aHsmPyun96 - more pics https://flic.kr/s/aHsmPyASu8 - some restoration pics https://flic.kr/s/aHsmPys7Hk - some pic from our travels Any questions, just let me know.
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