Camper combo to upstage auction-house exotics

| 27 May 2012

More than 1400 muscle cars, classic cars, sports cars and hot rods will cross the blocks at RM’s Auction America this summer in Auburn, USA, but the star of the show looks set to be a 1930s Ford camper combo.The sale, held from 30 August until 2 September, will feature the restored 1931 Model A Deluxe, complete with custom-built camper up with an estimate of $150,000 - $225,000.  The vehicle was modified by its owner, JM Keeley, as a sales platform for his job as a marine product representative – selling items such as rods, reels and line – as well as providing on-road accommodation.The Model A’s chassis was reinforced to pull the 20-foot long rolling ‘fishing cabin.’ The live-in business sits on a single axle and features twin bunk beds, a gas stove, sink, writing desk, cabinets with enamel crockery and utensils, and even an ice box.The rig is served by a 25-gallon water tank, which can be replenished via a shore water pump attachment. Meanwhile, Model A cranks and regulators operate the trailer’s windows and anti-mosquito brass screens.

Falling out of use, the caravan lay dormant for decades before being discovered and restored. The job included renovating the exterior lettering and replenishing products such as Rain-Beau Fishing Lines, Sea Horse fishing tackle and a comprehensive stock of rods, lines, lures, floats, oars and small outboard motors.

The Model A is fitted with a heavily reinforced rear spring and cross member, and still has the axle, hubs, brakes and steel-rear wheels from a Ford AA truck.

The four-cylinder engine comes complete with two six-volt generators for the car’s electrics and the trailer’s lights. A 110-volt mains hook-up, supplies power to twin storage batteries serving the trailer’s lights, fans and radio. An onboard gas generator provides power when there’s no mains’ electricity.

RM’s president Donnie Gould said: “This Model A and travel trailer combo is a real find for us, our car specialists are always on the lookout for vehicles that grab attention and set us apart from our competition. We are very happy to offer this 80-year-old travel rig with so much genuine nostalgic value and history.”

Along with this unique lot Auburn Fall will feature a seminar and special display devoted to Carroll Shelby. Find out more here.