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Old 04-25-2010, 04:58 PM   #15
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A CA vs OH Airstream

While I haven't been able to get any official confirmation, I do have multiple pieces of literature from Argosy's first generation that notes that coaches were manufactured in both Ohio and California. I realize that this flies in the face of the conventional wisdom and the story as told by the parent company in recent years. I didn't believe this when I first heard reports, but there have been several Argosy coaches that have been identified with the "S" in the VIN to denote Cerritos, California as the plant of manufacture. The number of coaches that have surfaced with the "S" VIN is a very small number in the overall production run of Argosy coaches for any given year. The literature that I have lists the California plant through 1978 - - all mention of California plant was dropped from the 1979 literature that I have.

As with so many things Airstream related there are almost no absolutes . . . . .


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Old 04-28-2010, 11:41 AM   #16
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CA vs OH Argosy

We now have our new 1978 Argosy in our possession, and none of the several plates attached to the exterior give a place of manufacture. However-- it came with the original owner's copy of the "Argosy Production Order" and the letterhead has a left sided


printed on it. When Joe has a chance to scan it I can post it if anyone is interested in perusing it. I was happy to see that alot of the original printed material came with the trailer. Now the fun (or is that work?) begins...


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Old 04-28-2010, 01:05 PM   #17
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this info will totally ROCK the a/s history "as we know it" world, should it be truely a CArgosy...


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Another California Argosy!

So, I saw this thread & realized we'd never really looked at our VIN. Imagine my surprise when I saw an 'S' in there!

Here are a couple of pictures - the 'S' is kind of faded, but you can see it. It matches the VIN on the title.

Unfortunately, we don't have any of the original paperwork, so this is all we have to go on. Still, it's a neat discovery!
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