Amazing 1936 Zephyr Land Yacht

Amazing 1936 Zephyr Land Yacht

Vintage car lovers, unite! There’s this 1941 For Western Flyer that is up for grabs online! It is an original Western Flyer that was originally designed by none other than Clifford Brooks Stevens. However, this specific model was redesigned, restored, and personalized by Howdy Ledbetter.

If you are a vintage car collector, it’s impossible not to know Brooks Stevens. He lived from 1911 to 1995 and was considered one of the most notable and popular industrial designers of his generation. He was one of the founders of Designers Society of America and formed his own company in 1934 in Milwaukee.

Stevens is known for designing the Zephyr Land Yacht for the famous Bill Plankinton. The latter absolutely loved his tractor and trailer, which he demanded to be beautiful and, at the same time, comfortable. The brilliant industrial designer made the tractor and trailer complete with kitchen facilities, shower and radio equipment.

Eventually, when folks from the Western Printing Company saw Plankinton’s Land Yacht, he ordered Stevens to design a mobile showroom for his business. For this, Stevens designed what is now known as the “Western Clipper.” Imagine this mobile showroom, complete with a parking facility under 20 feet!

Brooks Stevens, since then, has been known for creating different designs of the original clipper. He even made one for Johnson’s Wax which was used during the 1940 New York World Fair. This clipper was complete with huge spaces for bunks. Shower bath and kitchen inside were equipped with running water. It has been called “Housecar” since then.

Among the other vehicles which he designed that proved his brilliance and excellence were the Skytop Hiawatha trains in 1948, the Oscar Mayer ‘Wienermobile.’ All of these are recorded and well-documented in different American museums. If you are a vintage car lover, you can find some posts online selling different Stevens designs. You might want to read first on his other creations through vintage car blogs or by visiting car museums across the globe.

These custom camper vans bring easy living to the great outdoors

For those who would rather camp off the grid…

Combining city vehicle and country camping, these camper vans are really adaptable. I guess all vans are adaptable, depending on what you put in them. The option many people look at is price, which is based a lot on how new of a camper van they buy, as well as features — do you want to go full-on camper or just some couches that fold into beds and maybe a cookstove?

This particular one is an offroad 4X4 new-style Sprinter van. There’s a whole scene of people who live in and customize Sprinters, which have been found to be one of the better designs for off-grid, travel, or camp-style living.

From the manufacturer: “Our latest 4×4 Outside Van creation compels you to do more, by allowing full access to conversion treats. Whether it be an extended overland adventure or a day trip to your favorite trail head; This stunning Graphic Grey Metallic 4×4 170 Mercedes Benz Sprinter will allow no compromise. Highlighted features include – Webasto heating and water system, Stage 3 Magnum battery power, duel micro galleys w/drop down sink and induction stove top, OSV stainless shower enclosure, OSV 3 panel bed, custom leather rollover bench, Isotherm refrigerator, Solar charger, paint match awning, OSV rear step bumper, retractable running boards (driver and passenger sides) and high-output LED driving lights.”

For options as far as cost and features, Outside Van offers vans with what it calls “core,” “configurable,” and “custom” conversions, none of which come cheap. A core van conversion generally takes 4-7 weeks to build, costing buyers between $48,000 to $53,000, which doesn’t even include the original price of the van. The more deluxe versions with heat and power, which takes months for them to complete, puts the price at around 80-135K total.

These Truck Drawers Make the Most of Your Space

This is awesome. period. Put anything you want on top. Keep everything inside secure.

I saw one of these for the first time a while ago. Since I’ve seen people put raised beds in their pickups in order to get enough width to put ATVs on top, which leaves some space underneath, I notices them, because these could fill the space under a flat bed.

There’s a couple of options here. One is to buy one for your pickup or even other type of vehicle (pictures below). The other is to make one, DIY style (there’s a picture of that, too).

From the manufacturer: “The normal TruckVault product adds a secure storage solution to virtually make and model of vehicle available. With the whole unit concealed beneath its carpeted surface, there’s nothing to catch the attention of wandering eyeballs. Within the unit’s interior, sensitive equipment and firearms are protected within a locked environment that does not promote either condensation or heat damage. Choose between Standard or Magnum heights and configure drawers to meet your needs.”

“TruckVault has a solution for every secure in-vehicle storage need whether it be for a Pick-up, SUV, Sedan, Van or any other vehicle on the road today. In addition to our vast array of stock designs, we also work meticulously with you on your custom needs. Our team of highly skilled Territory Representatives will walk you through every step of the process to ensure you get the product you need to tackle your tasks. We take great pride in our products and the quality they represent. Thanks for taking a look.”


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