I am the proud owner of a 1959
World Traveler which I have reason to believe was the last 1959 mole made. I have been researching WTs all summer and am writing an extensive article on the same. New information is coming in all the time--including this blog. Here is what I have found so far:
In summary, a total of only nine (9) Airstream trailers (produced from 1958
through the 1960 model year) are known to have carried the World Traveler badge.
1958-4 in OH and 1 in CA
1959-3 in OH
1960- at least 1 in OH single axle (due to the fact that there was not a demand for dual axles on a short trailer AT THAT TIME.)
Now, what we need to research is if your World Traveler is the same single axle 1960 World Traveler pictured on Vintage Airstream Photo Archives or is it the second 1960 single axle to be found. Either way, you have a VERY RARE Airstream! You either have the only single axle World Traveler ever made or you have 1 of 2 known single axle World Travelers ever made.
World Travelers are rare. Over 50 years later, seven of the original nine models are currently accounted for by way of submitted photographic evidence – 6 of the 8 tandem axle models: 3 from 1958
(2 from OH and the 1 from CA) and all 3 from OH produced in 1959 plus the 1 (?) single axle version from OH produced in 1960.
The 2 most recent of these to surface was a 1958
World Traveler, which sold in April 2016 in Tennessee and the last missing 1959 World Traveler is now for sale in France. Most of these trailers (including mine) are not currently in working or in roadworthy condition, however, all appear restorable.