Coco is an extremely rare 29-foot “Liner” model trailer from the 1953 model year. On the road, vintage Airstream enthusiasts honk and wave, seeing her 13-panel end caps, marking her as a pre-1957 model, which no one sees any more, especially hurtling along the interstate at 65MPH. We have completed a thorough restoration of the exterior and running gear of this trailer, with the interior restoration still to be completed.
WEDDINGS, EVENTS, MUSIC FESTIVALS & CREATIVE PRODUCTIONS: In her current state of restoration, Coco rents mainly to three different kinds of clients:
- Organizations and corporations who use the trailer for branding and hospitality at events;
- Groups and individuals who rent her solo or in conjunction with other (completed) trailers as additional space for sleeping and socializing at events like weddings and music festivals; and
- As a prop or set for still and video advertising campaigns and film productions.
CORPORATE BRANDING: In the meantime, of course -- and really, for any of our trailers, whether they're complete or in the pipeline -- we have a relationship with a vinyl decal vendor and can coordinate the creation, application, and removal of a branded decal to promote your brand across the side of our trailer while on the road and during events. These highly polished time capsules draw crowds from all corners, and with your logo affixed, your brand is connected with the amazing trailer that drew them from across the crowded field or parking lot. You can't help but start hundreds of enthusiastic conversations about your brand every hour that your logo is displayed on a vintage Airstream at an event.
BLANK SLATE: Best of all, with no interior, you have a blank slate to create a branding experience inside the trailer, or to set the stage for your creative campaign or film. For events, think: wine and beer refrigerators, phone recharge stations, lounge chairs, a video and/or AV system. For still or video productions, the sky is the limit; stage it however you need to. Either way, you have a blank slate to work with.
Coco’s backstory: With the registered Airstream Club number of 5006, Coco was originally owned by an Army officer who parked the trailer on a horse farm in Kentucky after he retired from active duty. He had a very rocky relationship with his daughter who, ironically, ended up becoming an Army officer herself. When he died over a half-century later, she was tasked with dealing with his estate, including the Airstream. Rocky relationship. She posted the trailer, rare and valuable as it was, on an Airstream classified bulletin board: “FREE FIRST COME FIRST SERVED.” A Delaware collector, hardly able to believe what he was seeing, called and offered $1000 to hold the trailer. Rocky relationship. She refused the deposit. “FREE FIRST COME FIRST SERVED.” So, like any good obsessive collector, he jumped in his truck and drove straight to Kentucky to meet her and investigate the trailer. Highly impressed with it and feeling a little bit like he was getting an unfairly good deal, he offered to pay her. Rocky relationship. She refused. “FREE FIRST COME FIRST SERVED.” He took it away. Eventually, he sold it to a Maryland reseller, who in turn sold it to Nomad. As with all of our trailers, we are both proud and humbled that we have the opportunity to put this amazing piece of Americana back on the road.
Fun anecdote: Coco is one of only 40 29-foot “Liner” models built by Airstream in 1953, and it is believed that only four (three from the California factory and one from the Ohio factory) remain. Coco is one of the three California girls. Unbelievably, while we were renting her to a DJ for a 5-day event in Atlanta, we jumped on Craigslist and did a quick search for vintage Airstreams (DANGER! DANGER!). Guess what we found? The Ohio survivor! Unrenovated but completely intact, right there in suburban Atlanta, listed by another collector whose wife and two school-age children were pushing for the purchase of a turnkey modern Airstream. Fortunately for us, he had rejected several offers from people who were not experienced enough in Airstream restoration and who would have gotten in way over their heads, likely leading to the death of the trailer. A few conversations, an initial visit, a few more conversations, and an all-day road trip later, we hooked “Chanel” up to the back of Big Red and hauled her up to her new home at Nomad’s workshop.