romany gypsy trailers

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             HERE WE HAVE SOMETHING TOTALLY UNIQUE I WOULD IMAGINE !

A TRAILER FROM 1957 WITH STRIKING AMERICAN CAR STYLE REAR FINS. STILL WITH ALL ITS ORIGINAL FEATURES, INCLUDING A FLAVEL GAS COOKER, FRIDGIDAIRE REFRIDGERATOR, COLLARO BAKELITE RECORD TURNTABLE, PINK & CREAM LEATHER BUNKS AND PARQUET FLOOR, CURVED & CUT WINDOWS LONG BEFORE A WESTMORLAND STAR WAS DREAMED OF !!

THIS VAN IS CURRENTLY UNDERGOING A COMPLETE RESTORATION.........................

 

THIS TRAILER WAS NOT BUILT FOR A SHOWMAN BUT FOR A ROMANY MAN

MR WISDOM SMITH, SON OF NUNKY SMITH. IT WAS INSPIRED BY AN EARLIER TRAILER THAT HAD BEEN BUILT IN WIGAN IN 1953 FOR MR JIMMY SMITH BUT THAT ONE DIDNT HAVE THE 'CAR FINS'........ THIS TRAILER WAS ORDERED BY WISDOM SMITH WHEN HE WAS GETTING MARRIED AND WAS BUILT BY A COACHBUILDER ON AN INDUSTRIAL ESTATE IN SLOUGH. THE FURNITURE WAS BUILT BY A SPECIALIST COMPANY AT BROCKHURST. NEW IT COST ABOUT £3000 WHICH WAS A HUGE SUM IN 1957. AS CAN BE IMAGINED IT WAS A 'HEAD TURNER' BACK THEN.

ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF KEVIN

& HIS COPYRIGHT

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Many thanks to Warren Burton & Mr's Dean, Noah and Nelson Smith for the above information.