1953 Airstream Liner
Supposedly only four left, and we found two of them.
In the early to mid-1950s, Airstream was building a strong reputation as a premium travel trailer manufacturer, offering models ranging in length from 17 to 26 feet, meant mostly for over-the-road leisure travel.
Chanel is an amazing outlier for the 1953 model year, a 29-foot “Liner” model. With an estimated total production of only 40 units between the California and Ohio factories, Liners were always extremely rare: essentially, custom builds commissioned directly from the factory by individual buyers. No two were exactly alike. They straddled the line between the compact travel trailers and the larger “park” trailers of the era, and were purchased mostly by very affluent leisure travelers.
Fast forward nearly 70 years, and Liners are basically extinct. It’s estimated that only three Ohio-built examples survive, and only one California-built example survives. The sole surviving California-built Liner? Chanel.
We found this trailer on Craigslist in an Atlanta suburb, ironically, while we were on a trip to deliver our other 1953 Liner, Coco, to a promotional event in Atlanta. She was owned by a knowledgeable vintage Airstream collector, and he wasn’t going to sell her to just anyone. We pulled up to see his ’53 Liner in our big old Silverado High Country Crew Cab Diesel, with our own ’53 Liner in tow. He sold. We returned a few weeks later and retrieved the trailer, and we remain in close touch with the seller as fellow enthusiasts. Frankly, we kind of can’t believe our luck. These Liners are amazing.
Chanel has gotten an initial shine, and we have cleaned out her interior. She remains unrestored for now, but is available as a prop for film and still creative productions, as well as marketing and branding events. Contact us to inquire about availability and rates.