1959 Streamline 24' Duke Travel Trailer

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Lot 77
1959 Streamline 24' Duke Travel Trailer
Registration no. W 24 S 2145

£ 22,000 - 28,000
US$ 31,000 - 39,000
1959 Streamline 24' Duke Travel Trailer
Registration no. W 24 S 2145
Odometer reading: N/A
MOT Expiry: N/A

*Iconic 1950s American trailer
*Recently restored to a conservation standard
*Retains many original features


The Streamline Trailer Co. was co-founded in 1957 by James "Pat" Patterson and Harry Lovett – two co-designers of the world famous Airstream. Both Patterson and Lovett decided to set up their own company, and were sold the rights to the original Airstream Clipper design. The look of the Streamline follows the same design principles as the Airstream (based on an aerodynamic shape), but with a more heavy duty frame, thicker aluminium, and a "bread loaf" top – giving more headroom for occupants. Despite originally being designed in the 1930s, the Streamline (alongside the Airstream) is still incredibly timeless and stylish today.

The Streamline came in three models – the Duchess, the Duke, and the Empress. This 1959 example is a 24' Duke model, and has been completely overhauled to a high conservation standard, using all the correct period materials and fixings. The aircraft-grade aluminium has been cleaned to a matt finish, as is appropriate for this make of trailer. Inside, there are extensive surviving fixtures and fittings, which have been restored using conservation methods. The light fittings, pink enamelled metal twin bowl sink, shower tub, four ring gas hob and oven are completely original. There is also a pink 1960s FIAT fridge and a new, on demand gas hot water heater and 12v, 110v and 240v electrics throughout (the 240v wiring has recently been added). All the electrics can be hooked up to the mains at a caravan site. There is a USA towing hitch with electrics, which power an electro-hydraulic braking system (fitted circa. 2012 – which is now disabled). The brake lines and wheel hubs where also extensively restored around that time. The previous owner to the vendor imported the trailer, restored it himself, and used it frequently. These are a rare sight in the UK, and this example offers a tasteful balance of originality with modern features.

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Footnotes

  • Vendor Score Total: 76/100

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    Key for sellers' assessments:
    1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
    2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
    3/5 GOOD. Drive away | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
    4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
    5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

    EXTERIOR TOTAL: 20/25
    Body Work: 4
    Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 4
    Glass: 4
    Paint: 4
    Wheels/Tyres: 4

    INTERIOR TOTAL: 16/20
    Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 4
    Headlining: 4
    Seats: 4
    Trim: 4

    ENGINE TOTAL: 12/20
    Mechanical components: 3
    Running: 3
    Starting: 3
    Under Bonnet: 3

    RUNNING GEAR TOTAL: 16/20
    Axles: 4
    Brakes: 4
    Gearbox/Clutch: 4
    Suspension: 4

    ELECTRICAL TOTAL: 8/10
    Ancillary components: 4
    Main components: 4

    Car History File: 4
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1959 Streamline 24' Duke Travel Trailer
1959 Streamline 24' Duke Travel Trailer
1959 Streamline 24' Duke Travel Trailer
1959 Streamline 24' Duke Travel Trailer
1959 Streamline 24' Duke Travel Trailer
1959 Streamline 24' Duke Travel Trailer
1959 Streamline 24' Duke Travel Trailer
1959 Streamline 24' Duke Travel Trailer
1959 Streamline 24' Duke Travel Trailer
1959 Streamline 24' Duke Travel Trailer
1959 Streamline 24' Duke Travel Trailer
1959 Streamline 24' Duke Travel Trailer
1959 Streamline 24' Duke Travel Trailer
1959 Streamline 24' Duke Travel Trailer
1959 Streamline 24' Duke Travel Trailer
1959 Streamline 24' Duke Travel Trailer
1959 Streamline 24' Duke Travel Trailer
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