If you’re thinking about heading on a road trip adventure this summer where you’ve got your accommodation in tow behind you and want to recreate a golden age of travel, RM Sotheby’s have definitely got a lot for you in the shape of this fantastically retro 1937 Pierce-Arrow Model C Travelodge which was the most luxurious and desirable travel trailer of the Classic Era and can be yours for between $40-60k which, given its age and excellent condition, seems like a small price to pay.
The 1937 Pierce-Arrow Model C Travelodge certainly is a sight to behold and it’s easy to see why it was so highly regarded in the 1930s. This majestic looking machine was hand-built and beautifully constructed by Pierce-Arrow and the quality it boasts both inside and out really is unparalleled and will add a touch of vintage style to any road trip you take it on and offers a surprising amount of space to relax and unwind within.
Old School Cool
One of the reasons that this 1937 Pierce-Arrow Model C Travelodge is so impressive is the fact that it is one of just twenty known to still exist and it is in excellent condition. Billed as the ideal partner to a Classic Pierce-Arrow motorcar, this superb looking offering came about when many of the American luxury automakers used inventive tactics in order to survive the Great Depression. Not many were more innovative than Pierce-Arrow, which decided to build a luxurious travel trailer to accompany its automobiles and this is your chance to get your hands on one courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.
The 1937 Pierce-Arrow Model C Travelodge from RM Sotheby’s ($40-60k) was made by a separate division at the Buffalo factory, but was crafted to the same exacting standards as the company’s cars, with a steel frame covered by sheet aluminum outer panels, and an interior of wonderfully finished birchwood and gum with linoleum floors. It was mounted on fully independent suspension and featured a Bendix hydraulic brake, actuated by a vacuum cylinder connected by hose to the trailering car. Three models were available, the smallest being the 13.5-foot Model C priced at $784, with all equipment coming as standard.
Just as impressive on the inside as it is on the outside, the interior of the 1937 Pierce-Arrow Model C Travelodge has a handsome dinette, with booth-style seating and a linoleum table, which folds into a double bed, as well as an insulated icebox, a hand-pumped sink (designed to draw from an external source), a Prentiss-Wabers Auto-Cook-Kit camp stove, and a wood-burning stove. There is plenty of storage and counter space is provided as well. All windows are fitted with modern safety glass and curtains, and open to mosquito screens, including the rooftop hatch, allowing for well-ventilated living while on the road.
With this excellent lot from RM Sotheby’s you’re not just getting the stunning trailer, there are plenty of little period touches included in the sale as well. This includes a blue speckleware dining set, a Philco table radio, and a three-piece set of leather luggage, amongst others, which does an admirable job of completing its wonderfully detailed presentation and traditional look and feel that will add a touch of golden age of travel authenticity to any road trip you take it on.
With a guide price of between $40-60k, the 1937 Pierce-Arrow Model C Travelodge might not come cheap but with just 20 known to be in existence, it represents an unparalleled chance to get your hands on a piece of automotive history. This breathtaking trailer is over 80 years old but still remains in an excellent condition and will make for a road trip like no other if you’re the one lucky enough to get your hands on it when it goes under the hammer.