Some of the most iconic vintage models, internationally, are old American caravans from the 1950s that sported the same panache as many 1950s American cars. The most famous of these is the Airstream, which became a legendary brand in the States.
Airstream, still in operation today, was officially founded in 1931 by a lawyer called Wally Byam who started building travel trailers at home as a hobby during the late 1920s. Airstream was the only company out of 400 travel trailer (caravan) manufacturers to survive the great depression. The Airstream Clipper, produced in 1936, was the first model to feature the beginnings of the now recognisable Airstream shape. The idea for that shape came from the famous ‘Clipper’ flying boats, and was deliberately designed to lessen wind resistance when towing.