I'm new to the Airstream world, but not to retro-dated campers, as I recently did s full restore on a 74' Apache hardside popup that sold for over $5k a couple years after it was completed.
After it was done, I came to find out I had one of the top 5 known by those who are way into Apaches. I sold it in June and have been shopping for an old Airstream since then...
I'm onto bigger and better things. Tonight, I purchased a 1961
Ambassador between "As found" and "Normal" condition.
There is one dent on the edge of the underbelly, up into the side, and a fairly decent 6 ft "Scrap", both on the left side, down low. The Curb side is literally FLAWLESS. NOT a single ding! Front and back are the same, not a single ding.
All windows work perfectly, one is plexiglass, most seals seem a little stiff tho.
Interior is 100% original, with very little moisture damage. Plastic toilet, but it's a brand new Dominic. Floor is TOTALLY solid!
I'm sure MANY people take on full restoration projects that never get finished. I have restored SO MANY things from cars, bikes, Barber chairs, Pool tables, ALWAYS sold for a nice profit once I was done with it.
Axles appear shot, along with tires and the ball hitch coupler. I doubt the breaklights work, but I didn't ask or check.
I got it for $1800, which seems fair to me, after looking at 30+ units of different sizes. I wanted something with minimal DENTS on the curb side, I lucked out and found one with NO dents on the curbside.
Anyways, I'll be picking brains, as I did when I started my Apache project, which 6 months later, I was an EXPERT, and gave as much or more advice than I received.
It's being delivered Saturday Morning.
I won't tow a trailer that isn't 100% "Road worthy".