Lou's Hidden Treasure

I called up a chap named Lou who was advertising a couple of MGA's. We arranged to meet at his ranch that afternoon. I always like driving in California, it's a pleasure, as opposed to the hell of driving in the UK. Lou turned out to be a lovely guy, a plumber by profession. After a quick look at his MGA's I decided they weren't worth taking back to the UK. I had impressed him by knowing the name of the sports car in his drive. It seems no-one else had ever known, and he knew I was a fellow petrolhead. He invited me to see "some of his stuff". Gobsmacked wouldn't have covered my reaction. A 6000 sq ft barn chock full of goodies on two floors.

American Pickers eat your heart out. And the name of the sports car? - Kellison.

Super rare Kellison

Super rare Kellison

An original 1940's Jeepney from the Philippines

An original 1940's Jeepney from the Philippines

A small part of the Aladdins cave.

A small part of the Aladdins cave.

Lou's rat rod with custom cast ram pipes.

Lou's rat rod with custom cast ram pipes.

Early E Type

Early E Type

'34 Ford pick up

'34 Ford pick up

One of several HUNDRED Cushman scooters from the 1950's.

One of several HUNDRED Cushman scooters from the 1950's.

Canned Ham

In my travels around the States what I really like is the American take on design, especially the Golden Age of the fifties. One sub culture that is really booming is classic motorhomes and campers. Ask most people to name a motorhome and they will say "Airstream", but there were hundreds of companies after the war. There was a workforce who had been trained in aircraft production, and the skills transferred to caravans.

Names like Spartan, Shasta, Road King, Owosso, Bowlus, Vagabond, Del Rey to name just a few.  If you would like to see one of these behind your classic pick up or car, so would we!

Piston Empire can make it happen.

The Bowlus RoadChief

The Bowlus RoadChief

Del Rey Triple Decker from 1968

Del Rey Triple Decker from 1968

Shasta "Canned Ham"

Shasta "Canned Ham"

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The magnificent 1948 Spartan Manor

The magnificent 1948 Spartan Manor