If you’re a mobile home lover, one site that you should definitely visit (if you haven’t already) is Mobile Home Living. Crystal Adkins, founder and editor, recently had a chance to feature a mostly original 1955 Smoker Aristrocrat in a bright yellow and silver paint scheme.
According to Mobile Home Living, the two owners, Mike Richardson and Steve Salatino found the vintage mobile home in Central New York. Most buyers wouldn’t touch a home that was previously used as a rental property, but Mike and Steve made the purchase anyways.
The Smoker Aristocrat is hard to miss in these colors.
According to the Atlas Mobile Home Directory, Smoker made high-end manufactured homes.
They primarily built custom homes in the upper price range. Their homes were extremely well-built and high quality…up there with Spartan. In 1955 the largest home they were manufacturing was a 55′ eight wide…that was HUGE for that time period!
A Vintage Mobile Home Restoration Done With Love
The two didn’t remake the mobile home in their own image. Instead, they sought out period advertising to bring the aged Smoker Aristocrat to as close to original condition as possible.
Original Smoker Aristocrat flyers.
It was a tough life: optional equipment included an air-conditioner, washer, and dryer!
You can feel the ’50s vibe.
They said that the original wood paneling and flooring where in good shape, and only required cleaning. The two found period-correct furniture and installed ’50s style shades and curtains to complete the look.
New checkerboard flooring (on top of a new subfloor) lines the kitchen and bathroom.
Look at the detail on the kitchen cabinets.
Unable to find the original color for the counter top (at a price that wouldn’t break the bank), we replaced the counter with a green that was era appropriate, maintaining metal edgings and trim pieces.
An ornate glass window on the china display case.
I’m glad they opted for a modern refrigerator.
Vintage stainless steel wall oven was still in place, but cabinetry on the furnace, oven andrefrigerator side of the kitchen had been replaced with very poorly constructed cabinets. Because of these modifications, we took a few liberties with brand new items, such as a a stainless steel cook top, new stainless steel sink, new stainless refrigerator, and over the existing stove, an built in stainless steel microwave.
Classy and neat! It’s reassuring this vintage mobile home wasn’t left for dead in favor of a new model. Thanks for taking the time to bring this beauty back to her old self, and for taking photos of the finished product!
Photos via MobileHomeLiving