Year and value of this Sovereign
Hi. I've recently decided Id like to purchase, remodel or recreate , and live in an Airstream TT as my work has me away from my hometown. I've only recently begun to look at and research what I'm about to undertake. I can't wait to get started on this project/home away from home.
My first "find" has some real work to be done to her. I've talked to the owner today and was given access to to some pics. He isn't sure what year she is but thinks around 68. Knowing there are leaks and knowing she is going to require a near complete restoration, what is her value? What is a reasonable estimate for restoration? Thank you for any insight. Here are some pics!
Her skin is in good shape. No rips. Missing rivets
She needs work and lll beeping most of my own other than frame and welding and axles if needed. I know the frame has rust but due to a couple of coral snakes I witnessed crawl under her there was no way I was poking under for a peek. The owner did tell me that the stove and oven and furnace Work. I think they are original. The roof ac does not work and is original hot water heater supposedly works also and frig is aftermarket 110. Any info I'm missing?
The VIN tells the story
The VIN number (I30 8S 502 2754) indicates that it is indeed a 1968.
An International model, 30-footer, built in the old California plant and the original config was a double bed.
I personally would not believe that anything works on it unless I saw it work for a good long while.
It will be a valuable interesting model when you get it up to snuff, but you are starting from below zero.
I wouldn't pay more than a couple of thousand. You will have to invest many times that plus a ton of labour over a good long period of time before you have a useful trailer.
But good luck with it! You may just be off on a great adventure very soon. :D
Year and value of this Sovereign
Welcome to the Forums and the world of Vintage Airstreams!
While it wold be impossible to say with assurance from the photos, there does appear to be a slight ripple behind the rear wheel on the curbisde. The ripple could be as simple as "oil-canning" that will disappear with temperatur changes . . . but my concern would be that the coach might have rear end separation. To learn more about rear end separation, you can perform a Forums search on Separation where you will learn more about identification and resolution of the problem I had this issue with my '64 Overlander and while it wasn't severe, repair was in excess of $3,000 about ten years ago -- I am not a do-it-yourselfer so I had my favorite Airstream dealer perform the repair.
The A-frame of the hitch appears to have one of the earlier Reese Dual Cam hitch systems installed. I utiize this same hitch on both of my coaches and have found that it is an excellent solution to the hitch selection for a Vintage Airstream . . . effective sway control with good weight distribution.
Estimating a value for a Vintage coach can be difficult, but there are a few expensive items that may need attention based upon the photos:
Given the level of work that I suspect that the coach is going to need, my estimate is that the fair market value would lie between $1,750 and $3,000.
Good luck with your investigation!
Thank you both for the informative replies. I have much to reflect on...
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