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Old 12-06-2014, 05:51 AM   #1
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1948 Liner - Serial Number Decode

Here you go . . .

This is for a 1948 Airstream Liner. Picture of SN plate is attached.

Model#- 4811 Serial#- 1120

Could this Airstream have been started at the airport in California but finished at the new North Main location? Plate states the North Main location. But the SN itself could designate the airport possibly?

Any thoughts? Also what does the 4811 model designate? Year and the month of January?

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Old 12-06-2014, 07:07 AM   #2
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That is a very early plate. Wow!!! The model # is most likely the build date as you figured out.
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Can you post more images of the trailer?
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Can you post more images of the trailer?
Sure! Don't mind the duct tape. It has been removed and was only applied for the adventure down the FL Turnpike. MrRivet towed her home and I played the chase vehicle picking up any flying parts. Nothing fell off ... guess the duct tape worked.

Also there is an Apollo 17 sticker on her rear window along with a Pizza Hut sticker ... huh!?
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Year 1948, built in November(11), No. 20, I guess from similar plates...

The plate appears to have moved down, the ones I have seen are butt tight below the vertical panel above and I think there is evidence of this from the lighter alu. above?
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What a gorgeous find--congratulations! The liners always make me think of the submarine in "20,000 Leagues under the Sea" (is that the correct name??).

What does it look like inside? More photos, please please!!

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Some information available at Airstream Inc. which may be of interest.
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This is all very interesting information. I guess it would be interesting to know if this Airstream could have been started at the airport in California but finished at the new North Main location? Plate states the North Main location. But the SN itself could designate the airport possibly?

I have found other references of a serial number #1123 being possibly the first built at the new factory in California in February of 1948.

If so would it mean that mine would have been built at the airport in November of 1947 as a 1948 model. But it has the new factory address plate. Hmmmm! Not that it matters but it does bring up interesting conversation here on the forums on part of the history of Airstreams.
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