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Old 02-26-2007, 06:35 AM   #1
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What model 1961 Airstream is it??????

Trying to figure out what model my friends 1961 Airstream is. The outer nameplates does not say what model it is. The trailer is a single axle about 22ft. long from tongue to bumper. The vin no. is #22DSS0566 and hoping some of you Airstream gurus can help out. I've looked on the net but can't find a trailer like his yet.
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Old 02-26-2007, 06:51 AM   #2
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Trying to figure out what model my friends 1961 Airstream is.
How do you know for sure that it is a 1961. Just curious.
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The serial number seems to indicates that it is a 22' California-built double, either a Safari or a Flying Cloud...it looks like it has/had bunks by the window configuration on the curbside. The lack of a name plates could indicate that it was a Custom. It's definately a different one ~ but then they are all unique...some are just uniquer (that's a word, right? ) than others!

Can you post any additional pictures?

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He has the clear TX title that says it is a 1961 model.
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When you walk in the trailer it has the kitchenette on the right and on the left is a small double bed with a bunk bed above it.
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The trailer has the nameplates just doesn't say what model it is like my Caravel has the "caravel" nameplate
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yukionna -- Airstream's FAQ VIN section comes up short for a lot of years. The Vintage Airstream photo archives offers a more complete log of VINs. Looking up and down from 1961 shows that the serial production number of 0566 falls right in the 1961 range. Take a look at the '61 Safari and the '61 Flying Cloud pages. The VIN samples are at the top left of each page.

The wheelwell shape is quite specific to California; the bathroom is also streetside. The VIN decodes at 22 = length, D = double bed, S = Santa Fe Springs. I'm not clear what the other S signifies. The Flying Cloud page actually gives the range of serial production numbers -- from 0419 to 062. I think the 062 is a typographical error and should have a 4th number; eg, 062X. The number on this trailer is 0566, so falls right in the middle of the production. I like Shari's analysis because this is a very curious Airstream that doesn't resemble the window/door layout in any of the sample pictures. Note that the 1961FlyingCloud2 VIN may have been produced only four units after the Airstream in this thread. Custom? You betcha ... maybe.

Steven? Is there any emblem or logo beyond the VIN plate? I'll add another vote for pictures. Thanks for this interesting thread!
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Heres some more pics
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I'll vote with the above replies...

Mid-year produced. California plant. Serial number range is within the limits for a '61. Custom/Safari model.

The lack of a third window on the streetside, the over/under bunk windows on the curbside, door placement, the door handle all speak "custom" (anyone else notice the door handle - not your typical '61).
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Is that a patch on the rear curbside?
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No it is not a patch panel....... it is the access panel for storage and holding tank.
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No it is not a patch panel....... it is the access panel for storage and holding tank.
I'm referring to either side of the access panel. To the left of the access door appears to be newer aluminum (or just shinier) also to the right of the access door, there appears to be a vertical seam above the wheel well.
I've highlighted what appear to be seams (non-original)
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anyone else notice the door handle - not your typical '61.
It is typical of the late 50's though so not totally foreign.

I find the suicide door of the Flying Cloud but the front placement of the door like a Safari interesting too.

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I see what your talking about. Not really sure whats going on there without looking at his trailer again. Heres another pic of that area
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