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Old 11-13-2010, 09:09 AM   #1
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59 Falcon ? custom

Title says 58--Plaque on side says "Custom" serial 0 4303--The trailer has had WBCCI numbers before, and they were #1894-- There are two aluminum plaques (pop rivited) above the front and back windows, that have lost all of there markings over the years--We have reason to believe because of our Airstream books, that this unit was on a Wally Byam International Caravan--The plaques measure 3 3/4 high by 8 1/2 long--Can anyone tell me any info on the plaques--Could these be from a caravan? Thank you for any and all info--
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Old 11-13-2010, 09:19 AM   #2
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Serial # says it`s a 59 Ohio built,one of the historian will know more. Dave
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Old 11-22-2010, 01:58 PM   #3
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We now know ours is a 58 Falcon Custom 0-0403- 22ft. Does Anyone have original pics?
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Old 11-24-2010, 06:25 AM   #4
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Photos of your trailer and the plaque in question would help with identification.

Your serial number O-4303 is currently thought of as being a 1959 22' Falcon. It is not unusual for the model year on the title to be different. However, I don't know where the information on serial numbers came from, so it is possible that it really is a late 1958 trailer. I am not quite sure how we'd prove it one way or the other. Hopefully the former VAC Historian Fred Coldwell, will see this and comment, because he did much of the research that has resulted in our current understanding of airstream serial numbers.

As for the plaque, if it is what I think it is, they were used on caravans, but all club members could get them, even if they did not participate on a caravan, so that alone doesn't prove anything.

A 1958-59 Airstream is of the correct age to have participated on the 1959-60 Cape Town to Cairo Caravan, but #1894 was not on that caravan. Nor was that number on the 1963-64 Around the World Caravan. Those are the only two caravans that I currently have participant lists for.

In the 1960 WBCCI Membership Directory, #1894 was assigned to Don & Louise Shaffer of Port Huron, MI. They are not listed as having participated on any caravans. By 1966, #1894 was assigned to someone in Minnesota, who may or may not have had the same trailer.

I hope this helps in some small way.

Here is O-4304 (erroneously listed as O-4303):
Wally Byam Caravan Club International Historian
Vintage Airstream Club Historian
WBCCI/VAC #702 & #6768

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