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Phil and Wendy Cervantes are winners of this year’s Airstream Life “Best in Modernism” vintage trailer award at Palm Springs Modernism Week, a celebration of mid-century esthetics held in February.
For two years, Cervantes plied the Internet looking for a budget vintage trailer. The family finally settled on a 1954 Clipper produced by the Silver Streak Trailer Company in El Monte, Calif. The winning eBay bid: $2,365.
But Cervantes had little to work with.
“The trailer wasn’t roadworthy,” he recalls. “It sat in a field for years and was used for target practice. All of the windows had been shot out and the interior was destroyed. Sheep herders had used it last and they’d built some beds out of two-by-fours, then bored a hole through the middle of the floor to use as a toilet. It was a nightmare.”
“I started work on the outside, replacing about half the aluminum skin panels that had been shot full of holes,” he recalls. “On the interior, I wanted to see rivets and metal and get the feel of something mechanical, like the inside of a vintage airplane — something like a Boeing B-314 Pan Am Clipper. Even though it was a 1950s trailer, I didn’t want it to look like a typical 1950s soda fountain. Since the exterior was a 1930s design, I started searching Google for Art Deco images and was inspired to create the interior with its rounded corners from there. I wanted modern amenities and creature comforts in period style.”