- Year: 1975
- Make: Airstream
- Model: Argosy 26
- Length: 26
- Condition: Good
- Country: United States
- State or Province: Florida
- City: Fort Lauderdale
- Zip/Postal Code: 33312
- Type of Sale: Private Seller (Individual)
- Listed: January 3, 2017 6:16 pm
- Expires: 6 days, 9 hours
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- Listed by: arinikki
- Member Since: October 27, 2014
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BUY NOW THESE ARE “Retro Chic” and APPRECIATING IN VALUE DAILY! They have a worldwide following; in fact, many are purchased here and shipped to Europe to be enjoyed. The Airstream Argosy 26” Motor Home is one of the RAREST collectible Airstreams made post 1960! This size was only made 1 year and in very limited production. “RUBY”; as she was named by her first owner, is one of these units and has many of the options offered that year. We have been gradually putting her back in shape mechanically, electrically and cosmetically and have also been enjoying her in between times traveling many miles with her to much fascination from the public! She is always a hit in any campground and is probably the perfect design for truly long distance travel – big enough to accommodate three people (four with a blow up mattress) and yet with only two axles SAVES BIG DOLLARS AT THE TOLL BOOTHS!! Plus she gets 13 miles to the gallon (on regular gas) and more if you stay at 55mph!
“RUBY” is blessed with the even rarer “Panoramic” rear windows which offers an unbelievable view onto the world at any exciting destination or along the way. She has an A/C that will freeze you and we just completed replacing the dash A/C which never works on these units – but hers does now! She has brand new front shocks (upgraded from originals for better ride and handling), needs the rear shocks replaced at some point – not immediately but at some point to further improve ride. Brand new CUSTOM MADE STAINLESS STEEL exhaust that goes the entire length of her (this alone cost $3,600!). She has brand new indoor outdoor carpeting throughout the front cabin, we have a central vacuum that would need to be installed, new built in Samsung Convection Microwave, a Dometic Refrigerator/Freezer, the original restored three burner propane Magic Chef cooktop. Her bathroom has been completely restored and has a shower with seat, an upgraded and newer Vacu-flush toilet and a faux bamboo floor (not pictured but we have.) To power her cabin appointments when not connected to a 30 amp service she has the original Onan 3.6kw generator that was rebuilt by the previous owner and is freshly serviced and works well. It is in a dedicated insulated CUSTOM BUILT compartment that is pictured in the rear bedroom and features a custom slide out work table for all you road warriors, a rebuilt radiator, rebuilt transmission, redesigned interior with bench seat/bed surrounded in marine grade teak with storage under and a custom slide out trash bin/storage closet with granite top, comfy bucket driver and passenger seats in good condition (but may need to be recovered at some point – again based on personal preference and taste). “RUBY” has a power booster on her antenna which brings in amazing television programming to enjoy when relaxing even in remote locations. We also have a cellular telephone signal booster which is there but not yet installed – when we tested our cell signal went from two bars to four!. She has the ability to have an awning as the awning slide is there but we will leave that to the new owner. She sits on the proven strong Chevy P30 truck chassis but still has a comfortable ride thanks to the power steering, upgraded shocks, comfy captains chairs and her compact length. In addition; as she has a POWERFUL 454 engine, she can easily tow a car or a trailer to carry equipment and supplies! Her CUSTOM trailer hitch was professionally installed and REINFORCED to handle a boat although she has never towed one as the boat we bought was way too big! She could easily pull a trailer for those who do antiquing or show livestock. Please note pulling anything her mileage would decrease some.
“RUBY” is not a perfect motor home; as we have represented, but she is usable until someone wants to complete her proper and deserved restoration. As mentioned she does have under-carriage rust (they all do) and we are gradually addressing it. Frankly, at some point we would take her body off the frame and completely restore the frame and at the same time have her either polished to that brilliant shine, have her repainted (which the Argosy’s were originally) or have her wrapped. She will need to have the windows ‘rebed” at some point; again, not immediately to be enjoyed but at some point. Buyer can rest assured that what has been done has been DONE CORRECTLY and that we travel with our 95 year old mother who is enjoying seeing the sights and meeting all the people who come up to us and comment on how great “RUBY” is and how unusual! Do be prepared to answer many questions if you buy her!
These Airstream Argosy’s are just a wonderful way to travel or even live full time. Simple to repair, easy to handle, can almost fit in a standard parking space, has a ONAN GENERATOR so self contained or add solar and go completely off the grid and also have a charm that you actually fall in love with them and so do those around you! This is our second one and we hate parting with her but we have to focus on other things at the moment including finishing our boat! As we are designers we could also assist the new buyer in completing her restoration if desired which could be negotiated separately. We estimate that finished this unit would sell for around $50,000 and these are becoming as collectible as vintage American cars! We saw a beautiful customized example that sold for $67,000! As RVing is hot and will only grow in popularity as more people want to live the dream and; like American classic cars, these are a bit of the true American experience and are a great investment. Airstream company just added tens of thousands of square feet to its production factory and hundreds of jobs – these classic Airstream’s are superior in quality of their aluminum and so offer greater durability and value.
We invite and even encourage inspections prior to bidding as a lot is interpretations based on ones experience in a given field and personal abilities. The vehicle is located in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida although we are slowly traveling north with her and can be seen with 48 hours notice. Upon purchase a nonrefundable $2,000 deposit is required through PayPal and the unit is considered sold. We try to represent our things as accurately as possible and will answer questions to the best of our ability to maintain our 100% satisfaction record on eBay but ultimately it is the buyers responsibility to inspect, question and determine the value of any thing he/she purchases. This unit is sold “AS IS” with no warranty although we do hope to be involved in helping the new owner with any questions in the future as we would love to see her finished at some point! We also will report any non-payer to eBay. We thank you for looking and wish you happy bidding!
We have put her at auction with a very low reserve price for a VERY LIMITED time – we have other items for sale at a sacrifice price as we have a business opportunity we wish to take advantage of and which ever sells first will offer us that opportunity with the other item being re-listed as before! This is a great opportunity to buy a rare classic, appreciating in value, worth the effort to restore and yet can be used full time till you do it!
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