The yr 1968 modified America and the world, with unforgettable occasions each entertaining, awe-inspiring, and devastating. There was the “Sport of the Century,” an NCAA basketball matchup between the UCLA Bruins and Houston Cougars. The unstoppable Bruins—led by Lew Alcindor, who would turn into future Los Angeles Lakers nice Kareem Abdul-Jabbar—had a 47-game successful streak that got here to an finish with a two-point loss to Houston, 71-69. Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy had been assassinated. Apollo eight orbited the moon and returned safely to Earth. Future pop-culture superstars had been born: actors Will Smith, Josh Brolin, and Molly Ringwald, together with skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. In the course of all of it, the lovable and fabulously awkward Winnebago F17 RV/motorhome was traversing American roads.
The corporate in a 1969 brochure promoted the F17 Winnebago mannequin as follows: “For the younger household on the go, Winnebago’s F17 is a cost-effective motorhome no [physically] longer than in the present day’s compact-size station wagons. Goes wherever a automobile can go, cruises at turnpike speeds, parks wherever with ease. The F17 affords way more residing space than a camper coach.”
In our ongoing perusal of Convey a Trailer for humorous and peculiar finds, we stumbled upon this 2019 listing for a 1968 Winnebago F17, which offered for $28,500. The unique proprietor bought the ’68 F17 new in Forest Metropolis, Iowa, and held onto it for almost 50 years earlier than it first went up on the market in 2015.
Constructed on a Ford P-350 chassis, the groovy two-tone white-and-gold field on wheels can sleep as much as six individuals. Powered by a straight-six paired with a three-speed computerized, the Winnebago F17 lined roughly 51,000 miles by the point of its newest sale. It underwent an in depth refurbishment in 2016 that consisted of changing the carpet and fabric, plus updates to the outside paint, graphics, grille inserts, and wheels. The reupholstered cabin provides a contact of luxe and reminds us that even old-school Winnebago motorhomes could be trendy.
Inside is the place the peculiar-looking F17 motorhome particularly shines; take a look at its beautiful turquoise-themed inside and accessible facilities, all of which actually make it really feel like a comfy dwelling. Among the many customary gear and furnishings of this gem are a dinette, full kitchen, moist rest room, double-wardrobe closet, wall heater, and full-length mirrors. That is all pretty customary package. The F17’s standout characteristic, then, absolutely is its physique, particularly how its profile abruptly zigs and zags on the entrance and rear. However even this makes this Winnebago traditional all of the extra charming.
We won’t assist however take into consideration all of the cool highway journeys—and who is aware of what else?—this 1968 Winnebago F17 endured, and the tales it might inform us from its 50-plus-year historical past. If nothing else, the successful bidder absolutely considers that wild yr of 1968 each time she or he enters this implausible time capsule.