Arizona | Lot 266
1953 Spartan Spartanette Tandem 131
$153,000 USD | Sold
| Phoenix, Arizona
17 January 2020
- Award winner at the 2015 Modernism Week Vintage Travel Trailer Show
- Beautifully restored throughout and equipped with period touches
- Sleeps four; features air-conditioning, heater, Dixie oven and range, and Philco refrigerator
The Spartan Trailer Company was launched by wealthy industrialist J. Paul Getty. He converted the Spartan Aircraft factory in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to build high-end travel trailers for wealthy clients. They soon earned a reputation as the “Cadillac” of the industry, and their price tags—often as much as the cost of a small conventional house—reflected the quality of their materials and construction.
This fully restored 1953 Spartanette Tandem 131 represented the entry-level Spartan trailer, with an original price of nearly $4,400 when new. The fully polished exterior shines brilliantly, as do the polished aluminum propane tanks. The exterior features tandem axels and two doors on the same side. Additionally, a rope-and-pole awning offers protection from the sun, with a set of tables and chairs providing a wonderful outdoor dining area.
The inviting interior features original birch wood refinished to a wonderful luster. Period appliances are found throughout and are in wonderful condition, including the heater, Dixie oven and range, as well as the Philco refrigerator. Air-conditioning provides an escape in the warmer months, and an on-demand water heater is fitted under the kitchen sink. The living area features a sleeper sofa and pull-out dining table, and the entire cabin is well lit and features beautiful mid-century decorative touches. The sleeping quarters feature a queen-size bed. Ample storage is found in built-in cabinetry throughout. The bathroom features a sink, toilet, and shower. This beautiful example was an award winner at the 2015 Modernism Week Vintage Travel Trailer Show, in addition to receiving awards in 2014 and 2016 at the Pismo Vintage Trailer rallies.
The envy of any campsite or car show, this beautifully restored Spartanette Tandem 131 is road-trip ready and sure to delight both casual campers and avid adventurers for years to come.