When I decided that it was time to purchase an Airstream, I knew that it was going to be an older previously owned unit and that meant a relatively long search in 1995. My search spanned approximately nine months, covered six states, with trips to inspect 30 Airstream trailers from model years 1957
through 1982. My shortest inspection trip was 80 miles one-way, and the longest was just in excess of 700 miles one-way. These were the days before the explosion of interest in restoring Vintage Airstreams so I encountered few (only three) that were truly great dissappointments due to condition being much below that described either in advertisements or via the owner. This was also the during the time before the Internet became a prime resource for such searches so most of my finds were via local newspapers and trader publications. I suspect that subconsciously, I was searching for the Airstream that would replicate the one that I went on my first camping trip in as a five-year-old as I passed on at least two attractively priced early 1980s coaches that were floorplans that I could live with and in excellent condition. The 30th coach that I inspected turned out to be that coach -- the '64 Overlander that I still own today (and by some strange quirk of coincidence, I learned months later that it was the coach that I remembered from 1964).