Trucks & Heavy Equipment | 16 December 2016Airstream: The Early Models Share article facebook twitter google pinterest The only thing better than driving along America’s highways and spotting an iconic retro silver Airstream rolling down the open road, is driving one! Airstream is America’s best and oldest manufacturer of travel trailers and their inherent nostalgia remind us of the age-old desire to explore fearlessly. Check out the following iconic models from the earliest years of this famous trailer, excerpted from Airstream: America’s World Traveler. AIRSTREAM’S EARLY DAYS: 1930–1947 Wally was becoming a full-fledged manufacturer. Opening up a new plant at the beginning of the Great Depression was an act of swimming against the stream, but Wally was unfazed. By now, he was used to doing things his own way. As a man who knew his own strengths and weaknesses, he had long ago decided to create his own luck. Faced with a sickly national economy, starting up a new factory looked crazy, but, as it turned out, he’d picked a great time to launch the business. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Iconic, aluminum-bodied Airstream trailers have been around for 85 years–get the full story in this photo-rich book. Airstream is America’s best and oldest manufacturer of travel trailers, and those retro silver coaches are iconic on America’s highways. Representative of the age-old desire to explore, these trailers are unmistakable in design with distinctive aerodynamic rounded lines and an aluminum outer skin. Airstream: America’s World Traveler celebrates the eight decades since the first Airstream graced America’s highways. Airstream chronicles the fascinating history of Airstream trailers through a detailed history, stories, and beautiful photography. Although its roots stretch back to 1926, the first Airstream-brand trailers were introduced in 1936, just as America was emerging from the dark days of the Great Depression. Of the 400 travel-trailer manufacturers of that era, only Airstream survived. Dubbed the “Airstream Clipper” after the first trans-Atlantic seaplane, the 1936 Airstream featured a unique lightweight aluminum body that cut down on wind resistance, improved fuel efficiency, and made for easier towing. It slept four, carried its own water supply, was fitted with electric lights, and cost $1,200. The Airstream provided travelers with a way to see the world at their leisure and in solid comfort. It was the perfect vehicle for a country emerging from a long struggle. In the eight decades since that first Airstream, the company has produced some of the finest trailers in the world and gained a worldwide reputation as the Rolls-Royce of travel trailers. The Airstream story is one of travel, adventure, and memories that last a lifetime. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.