Originally Posted by jtfink
We recently purchased a 1954
cruiser. On the front end cap it has the single number 7. Does anyone know any significance to this? I thought the low numbers were three digits for the wbcci?
For the first few Caravans run by Wally, before the WBCC was formed in Summer 1955
, new caravan numbers beginning with "2" were assigned to participants in each caravan. So by December 13, 1955
, when the first list of Wally Byam's Caravanners was assembled, there were four trailers that all bore number 7, as follows:
1. Hunt, Linda, 839 Knox, Birmingham, Mich., who went on the Western Canada Caravan in Summer 1954.
2. Martin, Lawrence F. and Mildred, 150 So. Anza St., c/o Horseshoe Trailer Villa, El Cajon, California, who went on the Mexico East Coast Caravan in Winter 1954.
3. Sullivan, Paul M & Ruth, 1955
El Camino Real, Palm Springs, Calif., who went on the first caravan to Central America in Winter 1951-52; and
4. Toepfer, Ruth, Adele and Gail, 839 Knox, Birmingham, Mich., who also went on the Western Canada Caravan in Summer 1954. Note they lived at the same address as Linda Hunt.
I cannot tell you which of the four Airstreamers above owned your 1954 Cruiser. But inspect it closely for signs of where it may have been first sold, where it traveled to, and for signs of prior ownership, and you may find some clues or perhaps an answer. Have fun!