1992 AIRSTREAM 350LE MOTORHOME For Sale by Auction
To be offered by Silverstone Auctions as part of the ‘Live Online NEC Classic Sale’ from 1:00pm on 13th and 14th November 2020. Please see the Silverstone Auctions website listing for my direct contact number, full details on how to register for bidding and how to book a viewing. Thank you for looking and feel free to call or mail with any further questions on the car or buying process – Steven.
LOT NO. 430 - 1992 AIRSTREAM 350LE MOTORHOME
Estimate: £75,000 - £85,000
Buyers Premium 12.5% + VAT
Enormously stylish and practical, this rolling work-of-art is glamorous camping personified.
- Left-hand drive, UK registered, just 66,000 miles, well maintained and ready to enjoy
- Expensive to produce, premier American RV using traditional engineering methods
- Aircraft-style semi-monocoque fuselage with reliable Chevrolet underpinnings
- Described as easy to drive with light steering, smooth gearbox and a powerful 7.4-litre V8
- An extremely versatile and highly attractive piece of automotive art presented in fine order
- Classed as 7.5t
Airstream travel trailers and recreational vehicles have been produced in the US since the late 1930s. The instantly recognisable profile and polished aluminium finish had been designed using traditional aviation techniques to reduce drag whilst in motion. The company was created by Wally Byam who began building trailers in his backyard in Los Angeles during the late 1920s. The first Airstream, called the "Clipper" in 1936, was named after a record-breaking trans-Atlantic seaplane. It slept four, carried its own water supply, was fitted with electric lights and cost $1,200
In 1974, Airstream began manufacturing a Class A motorhome, badged "Argosy". They began as painted 20 and 24-foot models and were followed in 1979 by the first examples of the Classic model motorhome, with an unpainted aluminium body much like the traditional trailers. These premier, high-quality Motorhomes were produced in a number of different lengths through to the early 1990s when the traditional and costly manufacturing techniques were exchanged for a more modern fibreglass construction.
Offered here is one of the very last of the traditional, high quality and extremely stylish Airstream Motorhomes built in 1992 just before construction changed to Fibreglass. This example was imported into the UK in 2010, currently indicates just over 66,000 miles and is believed to be the largest in the country. It is truly spectacular and presents very well both inside and out due to a sympathetic restoration in 2010 by Northampton based RV specialist LAS Motorhomes. The 7.4 litre V8 fires into life on the first turn of the key, the steering feels light and relatively precise and sitting in the extremely comfortable driver's seat vision is excellent making for a very pleasant driving experience.
The aforementioned sympathetic restoration included all soft furnishings reupholstered in leather by a trimming company specialising in aircraft interiors. The aluminium fuselage has been painstakingly stripped, polished and repainted to a very high standard while the Alcoa aluminium wheels have been polished and re-lacquered. Less visible work includes the refurbishment of the self-levelling jacking system; replacement of the underfloor; rewiring for UK 240-volt supply; chassis refurbishment and undersealing; re-plumbing; refurbishment of the running gear including brakes; new front adjustable airbags; and new tyres all around. Engine work included new timing chains and a replacement radiator.
Open the door and the steps automatically pop out to welcome you onboard and the first thing you notice are the high-quality finishes including polished aluminium fixings, hardwood floor, bespoke carpentry, soft leather, quality curtains and generally thoughtful design. Step inside this rolling work-of-art and instantly the space feels light, clean and not at all stuffy. Details like the wrap-around glass at the rear of the RV where the main bed is located inspire you to park in a beautiful location and enjoy the sunrise with a stunning 180-degree view, just magic.
It's accompanied by the original owners guide specific to this model, user manuals for many of the onboard appliances, a history file documenting maintenance over the years and the current V5C and MOT Certificate.
Become an exclusive member of the ‘Airstreamers’ club, drive in style, arrive in style and be safe in the knowledge you have the coolest rig in the paddock or campsite. The list of good reasons to become the new owner of this example goes on; family breaks, trips to Le Mans, spare room, office during Covid-19, motorsport, film crew, events or just because it’s "so darn cool".
You can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location Monday to Friday between Thursday 29th October - 12th November. Please contact our office on 01926 691 141 to secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail contact Steven on 07500 040422 / [email protected] The health and safety of both our customers and team remain the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.
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