In discussing our plans for the future, the wife and I decided we'd like to spend way more time Airstreaming in the next few years, hopefully full-timing for several months a year as we work from the road. The GlobeTrotter - wonderful as it is - is a bit tight, so a couple weeks ago we decided to keep our eyes peeled for a project 22-footer that we can customize to suit our needs.
Fast forward a few days... and I was bouncing around Craigslist (a dangerous pastime when afflicted with full-blown Aluminitis...)
when I spotted an exciting ad: a '54 Safari in northern Michigan, "needs restoration but body is in great shape" or something to that effect.
It looked great in the pair of tiny photos and was priced attractively, so I emailed as soon as I finished scanning the text, but was disappointed to learn the following morning that I was a few minutes too late; someone else had responded first and quickly snatched it up the following day. I asked the seller to forward my info to the buyer, just in case they got it home and began to break out in a cold sweat at the notion of a full restoration.
Still, I was quite
surprised to get a phone call just a couple days later. Indeed, the buyer had second thoughts ("just in case" pays off, folks!) and again we didn't hesitate. That was 3 days ago, and yesterday morning we jumped in the car and headed from Chicago to Cadillac, MI. Stopping at the Indiana Dunes as the sun dipped below Lake Michigan, it occurred to me that we're the 3rd owners in a one week span.
Condition-wise, other than a large patch in the rear streetside quarter panel, the usual cracked and missing exterior light lenses, and a small spot that has corroded through the outer skin, the exterior is in really great shape. The interior is just about all original, with a spongey floor to match.
The Zolatone has been painted at least twice before, and is currently a sunny mild yellow. All kinds of fun little lights, switches, latches and fittings are still in place. This morning we sat over our morning coffee at the dinette, sipping and daydreaming about what we'll do with her. Stay tuned!