After years of searching, this Spartan Mansion Aircraft Travel Coach was found deep in a forest by a lake in Ohio. She had sat there for 40 years and had been used as a camp for Deer hunters.
After the end of World War II, The Spartan Aircraft Company, owned by John Paul Getty found itself without further commissions for fighters and bombers and true to form, Getty had the genius stroke of employing all his workforce into the manufacture of luxury travel trailers using many of the components and tools employed in the original aircraft.
For this reason the same pride and quality of build can be seen in every square inch of this vehicle.
Back in Ohio, amongst the trees, it was still possible to see the dynamic design, even though her aluminium skin had oxidised to the same grey as the Autumn sky and she had blended into her surroundings in the same extraordinary way that an Elephant can in the African bush.
It was ironic to know that one day she would once again reflect her surroundings, but with a mirror-polished skin.
We towed her that same night 350 miles to the awaiting ship in New York harbour, without so much as one complaint from something that is close to being an Antique.
It was obvious from the start that if she was to have gameful employment it would be as as Art Deco Cocktail Lounge, and so extensive research was made into the era, resulting in a progression of designs until we had the "master plan".
During the 6 month re-fit, materials and accessories were sourced from Europe and America, including uplights from a 1930's Chicago cinema, hand printed ceiling paper from California and Bronze gas lamps from Cologne.
During this time 2 men had the task of restoring her outer skin to the polish she had when she left the factory in Indiana 61 years ago.
Thanks to other Vintage trailer enthusiasts we caught the attention of the designer Wayne Hemingway and were invited to debut at his launch of "Vintage at Goodwood" where we went down a storm.
Since then we have attended Port Eliot festival, Vintage on the Southbank and Fly to the past.
This year you can see us at Vintage by Hemingway, Port Eliot and Henley international film festival.
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