1959 Models


According to the advertising copy, the 1959 SPARTAN CAROUSEL combined "modern comfort" and "old-world charm". However, there was nothing old-fashioned about this sleek and shiny mobile home, which was one of the most futuristic ever built.
Advert from http://www.allmanufacturedhomes.com (Atlas Mobile Home Museum)


An interior view shows the ultra-modern crescent kitchen, which came equipped with the latest pastel shade -pink- appliances. There were an eye-level oven, with planter above, twin-bowl sink (still a notable feature in '59) and counter-top range. Typical of the time, the refrigerator is fitted under its own enclosure.
Photo from "Mobile Home Owner" magazine / October 1959


The CAROUSEL was built by the Spartan Aircraft Company, of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The futuristic features of the 50' by 10' rig include a sliding glass entry door and floor-to-ceiling windows in the expansive front living room.   


A floor plan shows the trailer's unique layout. The furnishings, which include a curved sofa in the living room and built-in "mr. & mrs. chest" (of drawers) in the single bedroom, were starkly modern.


Michigan's Detroiter Mobile Homes company was known throughout the industry for producing a high-quality product. The prestigious PONTIAC CHIEF model came in eight different floor plans. All homes were 10 feet in width, in lengths of 41, 46 or 51 feet. 
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The PONTIAC CHIEF 51 Footer -with front kitchen- featured three enclosed bedrooms which were situated along a front-side hallway. Most house trailers of the late '50s were still being built with "walk-thru" bedrooms and baths.
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The '59 Atlas FORTY-TWO--TEN rig had a neat front-end flower box. Typical of the Space Age, the unit was built with a futuristic "sky roof", accentuated by sweeping angles in the body design. 
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The Atlas FORTY-TWO--TEN featured a spacious front kitchen, "studio-styled" living room and even had space for an automatic washer. The most unique aspect of this mobile abode was the bathroom / bedroom arrangement at the rear of the rig. 
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2 comments:

  1. Jo posted on April 7, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    I'm now the proud owner of a vintage 1959 Detroiter "Atlas" model one bedroom (floorplan is similar to the Chief but only one bedroom), center bath, living room kitchen in the front. I love it. It was built while I was still in High School. It's a very comfortable fit for me. I now own a vintage 1974 Airstream Excella 500 and this one. Happy as a clam. Thank you Detroiter & Airstream for great mobiles/trailers/RV's.

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  2. The Curator posted on April 9, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    Jo,
    Thanks so much for perusing and posting. Cheers.

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