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Would You Pay $235k for a 1957 Flxible Starliner?

That's a lot of dough considering that this motorhome is 57 years old and was built when Eisenhower was in office. As if age wasn't enough of a problem, spare parts for this vintage RV are pretty hard to find considering Flxible is defunct since 1996. Still, what do you get for the same amount of green dollar bills one would pay on a new Ferrari 458 Italia?
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As it happens, the Starliner is a very sought after RV. It's rare, it's good looking and it has that Americana spirit infused into its art deco styling. Even the exterior is finished in red, white and blue, with a dash of chrome here and there. Currently located in Easley, South Carolina, the 1957 Flxible Starliner presents itself in excellent condition and had its original drivetrain swapped for more modern and efficient bits and bobs.

This land yacht draws its oomph from a modern Cummins ISC turbo diesel, which is mated to an Allison six-speed automatic transmission with double overdrive. According to the seller, this setup is capable of offering a top speed "well over 80 mph." Under the skin you'll find a Torsolastic rubber torsion bar type of suspension for both the front and the rear, developed by BF Goodrich.

Inside you'll find there's almost nothing to tell you that this is a motorhome built in the 1950s, but a comfortable, gizmo-laden house on wheels. Just like the drivetrain and exterior, the cabin is also presenting itself in tip-top condition and features modern goodies such as mahogany trim, an ice cold (hidden) air con unit, a big bathroom and twin beds. As if that wasn't enough, a diesel generator is also fitted to this rare and pristine condition RV, along with a cooker and a complete galley.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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