Have you considered a vintage trailer?
Is the iconic Airstream a bit too passé for your tastes?
You are in luck!
The 1939 Charles Lindbergh Travel Trailer is up for auction.
You may never fly solo across the Atlantic, but you can at least camp like the American hero thanks to his trailer being up for auction at Bonhams August 15.
Designed in San Carlos, California, by an engineer of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, this trailer was custom-built for famous aviator Charles Lindbergh, hence its name.
Skinned in aluminum to reduce weight and enhance appearance, the trailer boasts two axles, one at each end. The design gave the trailer a great deal of stability when parked for overnight stops and did not require that the tongue be supported on jacks when unhitched from the tow vehicle. Its interior is furnished with well-preserved oak paneling.
Buying this legend’s trailer, however, won’t come easy on the wallet. The 1939 Lindbergh travel trailer is expected to fetch anywhere from $150,000-200,000.
During his day, Charles Augustus Lindbergh (1902-1974) captivated the American public, having vaulted himself from obscurity to worldwide acclaim as the first pilot to complete a solo non-stop transatlantic flight on May 20-21, 1927.
Lindbergh’s feat gained him immediate, international fame. The press named him “Lucky Lindy” and the “Lone Eagle.” Americans and Europeans idolized the shy, slim young man and showered him with honors.
Charles Augustus Lindbergh was born on February 4, 1902, in Detroit. He grew up on a farm near Little Falls, Minnesota. He was the son of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Sr., a lawyer, and his wife, Evangeline Lodge Land. Lindbergh’s father served as a U.S. congressman from Minnesota from 1907 to 1917.
In childhood, Lindbergh showed exceptional mechanical ability. At the age of 18 years, he entered the University of Wisconsin to study engineering. However, Lindbergh was more interested in the exciting, young field of aviation than he was in school. After two years, he left school to become a barnstormer, a pilot who performed daredevil stunts at fairs.
In 1924, Lindbergh enlisted in the United States Army so that he could be trained as an Army Air Service Reserve pilot. In 1925, he graduated from the Army’s flight-training school at Brooks and Kelly fields, near San Antonio, as the best pilot in his class.
After Lindbergh completed his Army training, the Robertson Aircraft Corporation of St. Louis hired him to fly the mail between St. Louis and Chicago. He gained a reputation as a cautious and capable pilot.
In 1919, a New York City hotel owner named Raymond Orteig offered $25,000 to the first aviator to fly nonstop from New York to Paris. Several pilots were killed or injured while competing for the Orteig prize.
By 1927, it had still not been won. Lindbergh believed he could win it if he had the right airplane. He persuaded nine St. Louis businessmen to help him finance the cost of a plane. Lindbergh chose Ryan Aeronautical Company of San Diego to manufacture a special plane, which he helped design. He named the plane the Spirit of St. Louis.
On May 10-11, 1927, Lindbergh tested the plane by flying from San Diego to New York City, with an overnight stop in St. Louis. The flight took 20 hours 21 minutes, a transcontinental record.
On May 21, 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh completed the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in history, flying his Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis 3,610 miles between Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York, and Paris, France, in 33 hours, 30 minutes.
When he landed at Le Bourget Field in Paris, Lindbergh became a world hero who would remain in the public eye for decades.
The 1939 Charles Lindbergh Travel Trailer is part of the Maranello Rosso Collection that will be auctioned at the 17th annual Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction in Carmel, California, August 15.
The Collection includes an exciting array of nearly 120 cars including top examples of the best sports and GT cars of the 1950s through 1970s, through to coach-built classics of the Brass and Classic eras, cars with Hollywood celebrity provenance and even Formula One race winners.
The Quail Lodge Auction venue, located just three-quarters of a mile from the Quail Lodge & Golf Club, is easy to access from Monterey or Pebble Beach. There is ample parking, as well as non-stop shuttle service to and from “The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering” on the 15th.
I owned the world that hour as I rode over it. Free of the earth, free of the mountains, free of the clouds, but how inseparably I was bound to them.
—Charles A. Lindbergh