1965 Safari My Favorite (my only)
I looked for a year before I got my '65 Safari (I’ve had it for a year now)
Mine is going through a full restoration also. I paid $4K for it and will easily add another $4K to it before I’m done. Heck the new 2 way frig was $900 alone. So, Sugarfoot is right there is a lot of cash to be invested. But the value of having it “your own” is worth it to me, and as I read this forum it’s worth it to many others as well.
The Good - A good skin, solid floor, and not-rusted-out frame are key factors in keeping the restoration work manageable. Most every thing else seems fairly easy to repair or replace.
The Bad – It’s a lot of work (you did mention “full restoration”). But for me, puttering on it as enjoyable as long as there aren’t deadlines to meet. The Wife and I wanted all new appliances so I actually looked for one that had non-functioning appliances, no reason to pay for something that was going to be history anyway.
The Ugly – This fits into personal preference. I very much like the looks of the mid-‘60s Airstreams the best. I like the clean simple lines of the one piece door (therefore post 1964) and narrower body (therefore pre 1969).
The only design feature I am not so big on is the plastic tail light housings. They all seme to crack, but can be fixed.
The best feature is the two big side windows, we are replacing the side gaucho with a dinette so we can look out those windows while eating. The front will have a queen bed.