Monday, July 25, 2016

Rockin: 1941 Brooks Stevens Western Flyer RV

 Legend has it that famed industrial designer Clifford Brooks Stevens contracted polio as a lad and started sketching designs as something to do while bedridden.  This story sounds reasonable, mostly because everybody born around the turn of the 20th century got a case of polio or two.  He might have started his career designing the robins egg blue '50s appliances that sat in every kitchen for a decade or two, but he also penned the '62 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk, '49 Harley Hydra-Glide, Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, the Miller Brewing logo, and later those heinous Excalibur fauxcedes roadsters...but before he was on crack he designed the most awesome RV ever. Find this 1941 Brooks Stevens Western Flyer RV here on eBay bidding for $31,200 reserve-not-met located in Linden, CA with 7 days to go.

This is an interesting car, it appears to be mostly Brooks Stevens Western Flyer but it was restored and modified by Howdy Ledbetter.  If you want the video linked by the seller, it appears that the original concept was enhanced during the extensive rebuild.

You can see the Western Flyer in action on this oddly accelerated (1.1 times normal speed?) youtube video, but it appears to be a good way to go glamping.

See another piece of rolling art?


  1. I'm guessing this thing cost six figures to build. I don't know if they'll get anywhere near that much bid for it though

  2. ~ I do love Brooks Stevens' Western Flyer projects. I could be very happy to full-time in something like this.

  3. You had me at "Oscar Mayer Wienermobile".

    But I love this Western Flyer too! Nice find, DT.

    1. ... and that rear fin! Perfect.

  4. This super wild creation will hopefully have many fun trips with the new owner, what a unique shape!

  5. It used to be for sale on Hemmings for $115K

  6. I wonder how it'd do at picking up girls.

  7. It might be cool to some but i think it's ugly.


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