Many RVs are a dime-a-dozen. While functional and relatively inexpensive, most modern-built RVs are cookie cutter, mass-produced machines that are easy to maintain and upgrade due to wide availability of parts.
But a truly hand crafted custom machine is as much rolling art as recreational vehicle, and that is definitely the case with this one-of-a-kind Airstream-Newell motorhome.
Listed on eBay as a “Vintage 1966 Newell Airstream Silver Streak Bus”, this motorhome is truly unique.
All aluminum exterior featuring the classic Airstream riveted seams.
Not quite as sleek and futuristic as its travel trailer brethren, this Airstream motorhome has the classic stylings of a mid-century transit bus. The all aluminum exterior features a white and gold color scheme, with the famous riveted seems found on classic Airstream trailers.
Beautiful, amazing and rare. This is a 1966 vintage motor home. It DRIVES!!! New Ford engine inside with 6,000 miles on it. Brakes need work and needs a bit of TLC in a little ways here n there, but it wont take much to get this baby on the road. Interior is still intact…it’s like stepping back in time, really. Original upholstery is in incredible condition. This motor home is incredibly rare. Only 1 of 80 ever made by Newell of El Monte. This was custom made for its original owner.
The rear shares even more in common with its travel trailer cousins.
Captain’s chair with minimalist design.
Inside the midcentury feel continues, with light, Danish-style wood cabinets in either a light oak or birch finish. Lots of upper cabinets run around almost the entire interior, featuring a classic wood toggle latch, while the lower doors and drawer fronts feature brass, 60s pulls. The carpet and upholstery is a light blue and is all original. The fridge is faced in a bright blue laminate and all appliances run on propane.
Three views from mid cabin of the kitchen and dinette.
A simple dash is reminiscent of a boat cockpit. Round dials in a blonde wood control panel create a classic look, while the remaining controls are within easy reach of the pilot along the driver’s side window. The original metal cage fans are dash mounted, for extra ventilation in the cabin.
The bathroom leaves a little to be desired.
The classic dinette features a removable table and converts for sleeping, with a blue velvet upholstered bench. The main bedroom at the rear of the vehicle features a charming pair of twin beds separated by a wall mounted end table for that legit, 1960s “I Love Lucy” style romantic sleeping arrangement. All in all this one looks like it’s road worthy now, or would make an excellent refurb project.