Originally Posted by juel
The 1978 Argosy I bought has a very wide brown stripe. I haven't seen this wide a stripe in any of the pictures I've seen on this site. What is the difference in the outside treatment on these Argosys? I still don't know if I have a Minuet or a regular trailer, but I will pick it up on the 17th or 18th and be able to find that out. Were there custom treatments on the exterior and interior of the Argosy? Juel
With some certainty, I can state that the '78 coaches would have had side striping in a shade of brown containing some orange - - this would apply to the standard line. In the Minuet line, at least for the 6.0 Metre (6.7 and 7.3 Metre coaches may have been different), there was no belt-line stripe - - on Minuets, the banana wrap was painted a different color (my Minuet still has its original copper-orange metalic - - a lighter color with more metalic than that used on the standard line). You can see the factory striping in the scan of the '78 Argosy brochure cover found below:
I don't have ready access to my literature, but I believe there were three interior color schemes available in '78 - - blue, green or orange/rust. Since Argosy was the "experimental" division of Airstream, features and colors weren't always consistent throughout a particular model year, and the passage of time means that most coaches have received owner-inspired upgrades so it can be somewhat difficult to determine what is and is not a factory feature. With Argosy as was the case with similar model Airstreams the buyer could order "custom" features from the factory, but given the target audience and the economy of the times, I suspect that custom features were not common in the Argosy line. I was fortunate in that my Minuet was purchased from the original owner who purchased it new so I know directly from him just what was and was not original about the coach.
Good luck with your coach!