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1961 Holiday House Geographic Model X
One of the most desirable vintage caravans in the world, this 1961 Holiday House Geographic Model X has been beautifully renovated and modified by American company Flyte Camp. The Holiday House Geographic Model X is one of only two currently known to be in existence, and it's currently for sale in the US for $250,000|
We think this is a thing of absolute beauty and it has a fascinating story behind it too:
It was designed by industrial engineer Chuck Pelly in 1960 and the Holiday House caravans stood out as distinctive due to their highly progressive and futuristic design. With an original price tag of $8,500 it was to be marketed as a high-end holiday home, dubbed the “trailer for the rich,” and would feature state-of-the-art, futuristic fittings and furnishings. In order to maintain its exclusivity, only seven trailers were produced, in a specially constructed warehouse in Oregon.
The showroom model of the Geographic X went on the road in 1960, and toured California, hoping to attract wealthy buyers, and it was indeed sold, but due to the high price tag no others were. Then in 1962, the Holiday Homes factory was destroyed in a fire, taking with it the majority of the rest of the stock and parts. Since no other units were sold apart from the showroom model, it was thought until recently to be the sole surviving model of the Geographic X - the original owner kept it until 1999 when it was sold on to a collector.
However, in 2016, another model was discovered, tucked away in a garage and used as a storage unit for car parts! It was acquired by Flyte Camp, an Oregon-based company that specializes in vintage trailers / caravans who set about an amazing restoration.
The restoration preserved the unique style of the caravan, with the slick, distinctive silhouette of the original design, maintaining its 1960s identity. It features an aluminium and wood frame, in a champagne and moss green colours. The entire running mechanics were upgraded with new axles, brakes, wheels, and tyres, and the exterior is completed with a vintage style awning.
The interiors meanwhile feature walnut surfaces and aluminium details, and moss-coloured upholstery and teak flooring. Inside, the black walnut skin gives it a dark, cozy feel. The cabinetry and hardwood floors are also black walnut with custom aluminum detailing and LED strip lighting to add a bit of glamour. A sleek kitchen includes a stainless two-burner cooktop, a stainless-steel fridge, and a shiny sink with a built-in drain board.
Behind the scenes of course are lots of mod cons, and the caravan now boasts air conditioning, an on-demand hot water heater, AGM batteries, inverter, mains and 12v sockets throughout, and of course there's a 32” TV, surround sound and a DVD/Bluetooth stereo system
Almost 60 years after it first left the factory the original designer, Chuck Pelly went to see the finished, restored caravan, which is now adorned with his personal signature, both inside the caravan and on the exterior.
The four-berth Model X is now for sale, priced at $250,000, if you have deep pockets and love of retro caravans check it out on their website
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