It’s been collected by Hollywood stars, travelled in by presidents and dignitaries, and obsessed over by owners, and want-to-be owners, for decades.
We’re talking about the Airstream travel trailer, and for a short time, there is a genuine 2012 Airstream 624 International for sale at Hinterland Caravans, Morisset.
“I couldn’t believe it when it came available,” Hinterland Caravans general manager John Sealie said. “An Airstream like this, built to Australian standards, is very unusual. You just can’t get them in this country and it’s a real collector’s item.”
A balance of art and practicality, classic aircraft styling combined with modern safety, durability and functionality, the distinctive Airstream travel trailer, is recognisable the world over as a genuine global icon desired by those with an eye for style.
Tom Hanks has owned one, as have Johnny Depp, Matthew McConaughey, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Lenny Kravitz, Hugh Grant – even Australia’s Jimmy Barnes.
Neil Armstrong and the crew of Apollo 11 were quarantined for three weeks in a specially built Airstream after returning from the first voyage to the moon.
A 1960 Airstream Bambi remains part of a permanent collection on display in New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
First constructed from used aircraft parts attached to a Model-T chassis back in 1931, company founder Wally Byam’s famous mantra was “Let’s not make changes, let’s only make improvements” and the Airstream has been setting the standard in form and function since.
The Airstream dream was to create a lightweight travel trailer that slipped clearly through the wind.
Superior structural integrity was paramount but the Airstream’s ongoing appeal can be attributed to an unrivaled focus on quality, innovation and design.
A list of “firsts” in the trailer industry, including the first holding tank, the first ladder frame, the first pressurised water system and the first fully self-contained travel trailer, created an enduring desire for new freedoms, new places, new experiences and new friendships, elevating Airstream from travel trailer to way of life.
These days Airstream create recreational vehicles for all ages and demographics specialising in the high-end luxury traveler wanting to travel long term.
The 624 Airstream International at Hinterland Caravans was assembled to meet Australian compliance requirements including 240 volt wiring, Australian electrical switches and conversion for right hand drive vehicle towing and is fitted out with premium appliances.
“It will definitely appeal to someone looking to make a lifestyle statement,” John said.
For more information ring 4970 4164 or visit www.hinterlandcaravans.com.au.