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Old 11-04-2006, 09:04 AM   #1
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1975 Silver Streak

Was wondering if anyone knew anything about th 75 Silver Streak. We saw one sitting in the woods close to our house. We didnt even know it was an airstream form the way it looks. Im attaching a picture of a similar one.
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Old 11-04-2006, 09:10 AM   #2
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Silver streak was not made by Airstream from what I understand. My grandparents owned on back in the '60s/'70s.
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Old 11-04-2006, 09:12 AM   #3
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Not an Airstream, sweet pic tho!
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Well, you're right about one thing, it ISN'T an Airstream. The were produced by a completely different company and are very different trailers.

They ARE a quality trailer although most used a dark panelling inside and had relatively small, and dark windows. They always have sort of a 'cave' feeling to me.

They have been out of business for many, many years but all of the systems are standard RV stuff and they are still repairable.

Over the years there were several Airstream-style trailers built: Avion, Silver Streak, and Streamline to mention three are probably best known, but there were several others as well.

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Old 11-04-2006, 09:54 AM   #5
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Thanks, was just wondering. We saw the one near our house, just caught a glimpse of silver and thought it might be an airstream. We found it to be one of these when we went back to look, did'nt know what it was.

The one pictured is currently on Ebay, listed as an airstream.
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In looking at the auction again, I guess they are just saying it looks like an Airstream!!
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They ARE a quality trailer although most used a dark paneling inside and had relatively small, and dark windows. They always have sort of a 'cave' feeling to me.
I would agree with Roger. I was always fascinated by Silver Streaks in my 'younger years', but they slowly died like a number of other quality aluminum trailers that couldn't get enough buyers to pay for the cost of hand-building a riveted aluminum trailer. In their last throws they were built by special order only. They did always seem a little like a cave to me, and the woodwork was usually dark. They also had the feel of a 'house trailer' inside, in that they had rather large open areas in the living room which could have been better used for cabinetry and storage - IMHO. Still, great trailers, and should go cheap, compared to Airstreams. First glance at that one, and it looks good. Of course, you can only see one side ;-)
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After looking over the complete listing on eBay, I must say it may be able to be gotten cheap, since there's no reserve to meet. Looks very good for a 1975. Bids are very low so far. Needs some work, but doesn't look junk-yarded like so many 31 year old rigs. Has an apartment refrigerator, needs some wheel/undercarriage attention, ceiling may have been painted?, but looks like a good layout if one can tolerate the color scheme of the wood.
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Silver Streaks were built in El Monte, California (about 10 miles away from Airstream's Santa Fe Springs facility) by two founders and later in Chino, California in limited numbers by an ex-Airstream employee. The founders were Frank Pollito and Kenny Neptune, former McDonald Douglas employees (my father worked with them at McDD's). They started the company in 1948. They typically built about 6 trailers a week in their best years. They hired Rolf Zushlag away from Airstream in 1978 and later in 1987 sold the tooling and equipment to him which he moved to Chino. Rolf continued to make custom Silver Streaks until 1997.

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John,

Thanks for the great details! Always helps to have someone who has more detail add to the knowledge base. The early days of Silver Streak sound very similar to the early days of Avion, and for that matter, the very early days of Airstream! All of them had people who came from other companies to start another. Even Wally came from not just one, but several others.

Always sad that such a fine vehicle as the Silver Streak is made no more . I guess the one consolation may be that an owning company didn't kill them off as happened in the Avion situation. Still, they are both gone, but well worth saving if one is interested in quality.
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