I copied this information from the Yahoo list. It was written by Charlie Burke who has occasionally has popped up here. He is a wealth of knowledge and although now retired, worked and repaired Airstreams and SOB's at an RV dealer. This is a wealth of history on the Excella, Limited, and Classic names.
Airstream started using the Excella label in 1973 with the Excella 500.
The 500 was the top of the heap. The Excella was a feature package
added to the Sovereign
31'. They stuck every imaginable
feature in that coach.
This continued until 1980 when they introduced the Excella II as a
model. It was a narrow body coach in 3 lengths.
In 1981 They introduced the Excella Limited in 27&31' lengths
In 1982 They introduced the Excella and the Limited as two separate
models. The Excella was available in 27-34' lengths and the Limited was
available in 31-34' lengths. This was the year the 34'
triple axle was introduced.
In 1984 the 27' Excella was dropped.
The Excella and Limited continued separately in 31 & 34' lengths until
1986 when the 31' was extended to 32'.
In 1987 the 31' Excella came back.
In 1988 the entire line from 23-34' became Excella models with the
Limited available only in 34'. Trim levels were defined by Exella 500 or
In 1989 the 23' length was dropped.
In 1992 the 21' Sovereign
During the 1993-95 period the widebody was introduced starting at the
34' length. At some points different lengths were available in both
In 1994 the 32' was dropped and a 30' Limited was introduced.
In 1997 the Safari line was introduced with only a 25' length.
From that point it got even more confusing with Bambi's in two sizes at
different times, first 19' and then 16'. The Safari started changing
both longer and shorter. Eventually taking over the 19'
length from the Bambi label.
In 2001 the Excella label was replaced with Classic. The Limited
continued for several more years until it became a trim package add-on to the
Information was provided from factory resources.
Does this help sort things out a little??