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Old 10-28-2009, 10:24 PM   #1
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Question Help in ID'ing this Fifties Airstream... SlideShow Photos

Hello All...

I just purchased what appears to be a pretty collectible original and straight fifties Airstream. Not quite certain what I have here, and any insight would be most appreciated.

The only number I have to ID is on the starboard side of the hitch
and is: 5-136

Here is a link to a slideshow of photos.
http://s769.photobucket.com/albums/xx335/SanDiegoAirstream/Airstream%20Flying%20Cloud/?albumview=slideshow

The prior owner sold it as a Flying Cloud 22'. However, I believe it is longer and thusly am not convinced it is a FC.

Thank you!

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Old 10-28-2009, 10:36 PM   #2
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My guess would be that it's not an Airstream. Endcaps are different. Don't know much about them, but I think it is an Avion.

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Old 10-28-2009, 10:37 PM   #3
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My first guess is a Silver Streak. Your trailer is one size up but take a look here. http://www.tincantourists.com/photop...hp?photo=13396
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Old 10-28-2009, 10:43 PM   #4
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I looked at a Silver Streak that had all aluminum cabinets, which is what yours looks like it has.

Lets see if an expert pipes up and confirms what it is
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Question Is it an Airstream??

Thanks for the comments so far. Wow...I would have never thought it was not an Airstream. I am really curious now.

Thanks all....
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Old 10-29-2009, 02:39 AM   #6
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Tom Patterson's web site has lots of info on the Silver Streak.
Tom's Trailer Section Frameset Page

Looks like it could be a mid 50's. Take a look at the trailer ads.
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Old 10-29-2009, 06:22 AM   #7
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I know that it's not an Airstream, but looking at your inside picture of the dinette area, except for the squareness of the front, it is very similar to my '53 Airstream Clipper. It must have been built very close to the same time, as the aluminum overhead cabinets, cabinet hardware, dinette table, fluorescent light fixture, hehr front and side windows are almost identical!

My trailer was built in Ohio, starting in November 1953.
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Old 10-29-2009, 06:55 AM   #8
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Looks like a Streamline or Silver Streak

Good trailers but Airstream is like a Harley, the brand that has endured.
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Old 10-29-2009, 06:58 AM   #9
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I second the Silver Streak, take a look here: 1955 19 Ft. Silver Streak Jet
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Smile I Think I Have it Identified...

Thanks to you all for the assistance. In reviewing Tom's Vintage Trailer site as linked above...I was able to review the Silverstreak brochures from the early fifties. If you look at the photo below of my trailer:

http://i769.photobucket.com/albums/xx335/SanDiegoAirstream/Airstream%20Flying%20Cloud/FrontCurbsideQtr.jpg


And compare it with the brochure image of the 1952 and 1954 Silverstreak Clipper, I think there is a match.


http://www.tompatterson.com/Silverstreak/Brochures/1952/P1.php (See the Clipper "with shower")


http://www.tompatterson.com/Silverstreak/Brochures/1954/P3.php


Any other comments or insight would be warmly welcomed!

Thanks again...

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Looks like you found it. I not positive but if you look at the serial number 5-136 it's probably a 1955 and number 136 off the line. What a great trailer. Please keep us posted on your restoration.
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Thanks to you all for the assistance. In reviewing Tom's Vintage Trailer site as linked above...I was able to review the Silverstreak brochures from the early fifties. If you look at the photo below of my trailer:

http://i769.photobucket.com/albums/xx335/SanDiegoAirstream/Airstream%20Flying%20Cloud/FrontCurbsideQtr.jpg


And compare it with the brochure image of the 1952 and 1954 Silverstreak Clipper, I think there is a match.


http://www.tompatterson.com/Silverstreak/Brochures/1952/P1.php (See the Clipper "with shower")


http://www.tompatterson.com/Silverstreak/Brochures/1954/P3.php


Any other comments or insight would be warmly welcomed!

Thanks again...

JB
FYI, the people I know who have owned both a SS and an Airstream have always said the SS is superior in construction.

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