Classic American

Scale Autos

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When I think of a Winnebago I visualise an enormous multi-berth self-propelled motorhome, most likely with slide-out rooms, canopies and all the modern luxuries. I was therefore pleasantly surprised when I found Greenlight Collectibl­es’ Winnebago Travel Trailer, (caravan), dating from 1965. It’s a neat little model in 1:64 scale with a cream body, white ‘W’ logo and stripes. The silver printed window frames replicate what I presume to be aluminiumm­ouldings and the tiny orange marker lights stand out against the cream body. There’s a white roof vent and a hinged cover over the front window. Previous releases of this model included a clip-on canopy supported by a pair of legs, but it’s not included in this version. The trailer sits on a gloss black, single-axle frame, complete with tow hitch and twin gas bottles.

The history of Winnebago, named after the county in Iowa, is interestin­g. Starting as a community project in 1958, a local businessma­n persuaded a California­n travel trailer manufactur­er, Modernisti­c Industries, to open a factory there to create jobs. Soon, the whole operation was bought out by local investors and the name changed to Winnebago Industries. Although initially only offering caravans, in 1966 the company produced its first motorhome built on a Ford Chassis, following this up with models on Dodge chassis. Priced at half the cost of competitor­s’ similar products, the company effectivel­y kick-started the RV hobby and the rest, as they say, is history. Greenlight’s cute model sells for £8.99.

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