You’d be wrong if you think the Spartan trailers disappeared because they were inferior to Airstreams. But they were costly in a time when more and more builders started to compete. To give you an idea, you could buy a house and the land for $8,000 at the time, whereas a Spartan trailer would set you back more than $4,000. The company never went bankrupt, but the owner, the famous billionaire J. Paul Getty, decided to pursue more profitable businesses in the ’60s, like insurance and finance.
This example is a 31-feet Spartanette Tandem, which means it was the more towable version in Spartan’s lineup. It is also built as a double axle trailer, hence the name Tandem. The 1953 model was the last one for the Spartanette Tandem line. The company ended production the following year to concentrate on the main Manor and Mansion lines. With a price of $4,300, it was one of the more affordable Spartan trailers, although you can see it wasn’t cheap.
The seller acquired the trailer in 2016 and subsequently refurbished it. The body was repaired, the roof was resealed, and some interior panels were replaced. The kitchen, bathroom, plumbing, and electrical systems were refreshed and ready for action. The owner also installed some modern amenities, like air conditioning, LED lighting, and flat-screen TVs. The trailer has a polished aluminum body, two doors, and eight windows.
Of course, being almost 70-year old, the Spartanette has its fair share of dings and dents, but other than that, there’s little to complain about. The fittings inside are akin to a regular house, with a stainless steel sink, a household-grade range with oven and gas cooktop, and even a cast-iron tub in the bathroom. The atmosphere inside is warm and cozy. You’d never guess you’re in a trailer, not a real house.
If you liked what you saw, head to Bring a Trailer and make the seller an offer. The Spartanette registered 12 bids, but the highest one is only $18,000, which is a steal considering the quality of this trailer. There’s only one day left to bid, so this could be had on a bargain.