1984 Airstream Excella 270
Suitably epic 80's style palace on wheels; 28ft long and driveable on a car licence; Chevy 454cui big block power in highly useable order; be the envy of everyone at Caravan Club or Goodwood!
Dating from January 1984 when everything was bigger (and better in some ways?) this simply awesome Airstream Excella 270 was the King of the American road trip dream. Offering comfortable sleeping for 1 or 4 people it is still a hugely commanding vehicle which draws admiring glances and comments by all who see it.
Powered by a suitably huge Chevy 454cui big block (7.4 litre) petrol V8 with automatic column shift transmission its got plenty of go and monster torque with a traditional American soundtrack to boot.
Inside, we find all the comfort, convenience, space and cool factor you might need with reto wood panelling, comfy burgundy leather sofas folding into beds, armchair driver and passenger captains chairs with swivel and electric operation, CB radio and walk in shower with proper toilet and stylish modern sink in the rear bathroom (bathroom upgraded in 2019 at a cost of £259)
The spec includes, but is not limited to - power steering with leather wrapped wheel, cruise control, air conditioning, cup holders, walnut effect dash trim, front privacy curtains, roof mounted flood light, air horn, electric start mains generator, 240volt hook up, electric hot water, LPG powered central heating, LPG tank (82lb) for domestic appliances, 12v pumped water supply, large fresh (50US gallons) and waste water (50 & 25 US gallon) tanks, double door fridge/freezer, roof mounted air conditioner, microwave, twin stainless kitchen sinks with drinking water faucet, 4-burner gas hob with extractor fan, pair of opening sky lights, systems monitor panel, aero style 12v lighting throughout, venetian blinds, flush toilet, lots of cupboards and storage, original fly mesh door, fire extinguisher and more.
Externally, the spec of this 178" wheel base leviathon includes air operated, automatic side entry step, dead locked side door, side and porch lights, polished stainless wheel rims, fueselage style aluminium body with visible rivets and original blue Airstream striping, very good 6meter Zipdee side canopy awning with toning fabric and awning mat (pictured), rear mounted spare wheel, slide in tow bar, numerous external lockers, 3 batteries, front and rear marker lights (original) and immobiliser.
Since import in 2004, the RV has had just three owners, the current lady since February 2014. Interesting to note, that something of this size can be driven on a C1 car license (28 feet long and 6800lb GVWR) if you took your driving license before 1997 we gather.
The engine was treated to an engine tune up with new plugs, fuel filters, carb rebuild and set up at a cost of £1,088 by the Anglo American Auto Centre in Newport, South Wales in January 2021 along with a recent spend of £621.48 on new decals and badges in February 2021 and a further £1,500 spent on 6 new 19.5 inch tyres. In addition, within the history file we find evidence of other spend on new callipers, brake pads, exhaust manifolds and other service/improvement work including fridge and heater service in 2019 and fitment of a Tracker in 2014 along with the old MOTs and a worthy selection of manuals, instruction books and other documentation. The Airstream has a current MOT valid until January 2022 without advisory and is ready to be enjoyed here or abroad without the limitations of an HGV tag as with many other large RVs.
Imagine rocking up to a classic/vintage racing weekend at Goodwood or Silverstone in this, towing your race car or the envious looks by those on their little pitches at caravan club as this behemoth rolls in...
A classic motorhome has never looked so appealing.
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