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Make a Move on This Classic 1971 Streamline Countess: It Could Be Yours for Around $10K

It's damn near impossible to pass up on a good deal. Well, in my search for the cheapest travel trailers around, I ran across an eBay listing that needs to be on your radar, especially since there are only two current bids and a price that seems to be stagnant at just $10,100 for this timeless 1971 Streamline Countess.
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Photo: azprettythings via eBay
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Folks, take a nice long look at the images in the gallery, share the news with your friends and family, and do all you can to get the word out about this spotless 1971 Countess travel trailer. Why? Well, if you read the headline and hook of this article, then you know that all you currently need to seize this machine is no more than $10,100 (€9,200 at current exchange rates). If that's not incentive enough to have everyone scrounging for pennies, I don't know what is.

So, what have I stumbled upon? Nothing more than an ongoing eBay listing with "no reserve," promising a lifestyle that most of us have dreamed of. The only problem I've spotted so far is that we only have another five and a half days (at the time of publishing) to act before just one of the two current bidders wins this one for themselves; that could be you! But first, let's spend three to five minutes exploring what the heck we're about to throw our money at. For that, a quick history lesson is in order.

Now, the name Streamline has been around since 1957, and funny enough, two of the co-founders of this brand also co-founded Airstream, which is why some of the resemblances and heavy use of timeless aluminum. However, their fame was only short-lived in comparison to other brands, having only been active in the industry until 1974. Still, some of their machines live on, some even restored to resemble their former glory.

1971 Streamline Countess
Photo: azprettythings via eBay
As for the ravishing creature we have before us today, let's start with an exploration of the exterior and work our way inward. For starters, that whole of-era look is made up of countless sheets of anodized aluminum. According to the sellers, even at 52 years old, due to over 30 renovations, this bugger is ready for yet another "50 years" of service. While that's definitely a stretch in my book, with proper care and love, it's possible to see this hunk of alloy decades down the line. Let's meet up here in 20 or 30 years.

Once you've taken in the exterior, it's time to head indoors. Swing open that side door and take the first steps inside. Now, upon seeing the interior living space of the Countess, I was blown away to see a near-perfect classic styling brought up to modern standards as much as possible.

As we enter the unit, we find ourselves in the middle of a living room with a large U-shaped dinette to the right, sitting in the backdrop of a 270-degree view of the world around; the perfect place to wake up with a cup of coffee in hand. Leave the table or take it out for dinner or social meetings.

1971 Streamline Countess
Photo: azprettythings via eBay
From the dinette, the Countess opens up her proverbial arms with absolutely everything you need to live the on-road life. First, we encounter a galley block on the port side, ready with a high-rise faucet, oven, cooktop, storage up above and down below, and a residential-sized fridge vis-a-vis.

As we continue our journey to the rear, we'll immediately find ourselves right in the middle of the bedroom, where two single beds are waiting for tired bones. Personally, I'd like to sleep next to my significant other, and it's not clear if this space can be transformed into one large bed, but that shouldn't be too difficult to achieve with a bit of cash and some light engineering.

What I did like about this space is the whole cozy feeling it offers, even though it comes across as a little cramped. But it's the bedroom; things should force you to close in on your loved one(s). Windows on each side of the unit let you peer out into the world upon opening your eyes.

1971 Streamline Countess
Photo: azprettythings via eBay
Now, in your explorations of the images in the gallery, you may have asked yourself where the bathroom may be. Personally, I had quite a bit of trouble finding this space, but once I did, I realized how much time and energy the sellers invested in the unit. If you had trouble finding the bathroom, too, just note that it's hidden behind a door beyond the bedroom and at the very rear of the Countess.

For the next few minutes or so, kick back, check your account balance, and think about what your life may be like living out of this hunk of aluminum and classic styling. Picture yourself waking up on the edge of some beach or treeline, whipping up a cup of coffee, and enjoying it with your significant other.

Later, you emerge from your aluminum home and let the sounds of birds or waves fill your auditory canal. Look into the dawn of a new day, and almost blinded by its beauty, you put a hand on your brow just to get a clearer picture. A smile creeps upon your face, and you lean against your classic 1971 Streamline Countess travel trailer. Do I need to remind you that it's currently sitting at $10,100?
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About the author: Cristian Curmei
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A bit of a nomad at heart (being born in Europe and raised in several places in the USA), Cristian is enamored with travel trailers, campers and bikes. He also tests and writes about urban means of transportation like scooters, mopeds and e-bikes (when he's not busy hosting our video stories and guides).
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