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Mishmash Of An Antique Trailer Resembles A Zeppelin Rigid Airship

Priced at $12,700, this trailer never sold during its eBay auction. The 11 bidders couldn’t meet the reserve price.

According to the seller, this is a one-of-a-kind trailer. Inspired by Airstream, but refined with the personal touches of Howard Hughes himself – or so the seller’s story goes.

Allegedly built by the reclusive millionaire Howard Hughes in 1941, the 25-foot travel trailer sports a hydraulically-operated dolly system on the front for easy hitching.

Howard Hughes trailer

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The seller claims that in a past life, the dolly was a strut on a B-29 Superfortress Bomber, the kind of plane used to drop the atomic bombs during World War II.

1941 Howard Hughes trailer

That story seems a bit far-fetched, as Boeing wouldn’t deliver the B-29 to service until the tail end of the war.

Hughes trailer

Blimp-like front end.

Howard Hughes trailer front

Custom humpback trunk for luggage.

Rear trunk area

Howard Hughes trailer interior

Interior could use some work.

Sitting area

The mahogany-paneled roof still looks great in spots.

Beautiful interior ceiling

You could do your ironing on this foldaway ironing board.

Fold away ironing board

Antique faucet.

Antique faucet

Unusual for its era, the trailer featured a full bath.


Windows in the bathroom?

Windows in the bathroom

Good luck finding a replacement window latch like the original.

Strange window latch

While certainly a historical artifact, it’s questionable if this antique trailer could be saved and put back into service. After all, renovating a vintage trailer isn’t an easy task.

It’s also unknown just who really built this rig. Maybe the answer is lost to history forever?

Via: eBay