TRAILERS TO RENT
The 1959 Spartan Imperial Villa
Vintage at Its Finest
The Imperial Villa was one of the largest and most luxurious trailers produced by Spartan Aircraft Company. It's a two-bedroom model measuring ten feet wide by 46 feet long and has three axles. In 1959, its original selling price was $8,313, which in today's dollars would be the equivalent of $65,812.
As its name suggests, the Imperial Villa provides the utmost in comfort and quality. With a generous supply of windows, the living room and adjacent kitchen and dining area have a comfy, open atmosphere -- like that of a cozy cabin rather than a cramped camper -- with the late 1950s styling/décor giving it a sleek, modern feel.
The kitchen has a full-sized vintage refrigerator and electric stove, a microwave in the cabinet above the refrigerator, and an assortment of vintage equipment (pots and pans, electric mixer, coffee percolator, toaster, waffle iron, glasses, china), as well as basic supplies (napkins, paper towels, can opener, coffee, tea, etc.). The dining area has a vintage birch table and chairs that will seat two, four or six, depending on where it is placed and how the table is opened.
The living area provides comfortable seating, including a sofa which folds out into a not-so-comfortable, almost-double bed. (The comfort level can be helped by using the available two-inch memory foam topper, but it is still not equivalent to a good mattress and box spring.) The middle room, which was originally designed as a second bedroom, is currently a sitting room with space for a child’s crib (not provided) and a vintage china cabinet full of patterns from the 1950s.
The bathroom boasts vintage pink sink, toilet, and full-sized bathtub/ shower, powered by an on-demand water heater, so you will never run out of hot water.
The master bedroom has a comfortable double bed (vintage birch frame, new-in-2012 mattress), plenty of closet space, and windows on three sides. The cabinetry in each room is constructed with dovetailed joints, while walnut veneers and brass trims accent the birch wood throughout. There is excellent vintage lighting in each room and abundant storage. The cupboards in the middle room house an iron, ironing board, vintage vacuum cleaner, and various supplies for your use. If there is ever anything we have forgotten, just ask and we will make it available for you.
Living in this vintage space is not only fun and serene, but also healthful. For example, rather than pushing a button on the refrigerator for ice, we provide you with the health-club-like exercise of vintage aluminum ice cube trays and the bicep-building opportunity to crush ice with the vintage Ice-O-Mat. Just imagine the added sense of accomplishment you'll have each evening as you go to bed!
Our photos highlight the originality and painstaking restoration of this vintage trailer along with its authentic mid-century modern décor. But you should also know that, beneath the surface, this vintage Spartan has been modernized for comfort and safety: originally equipped with a thermostat and in-floor duct work, heating and air-conditioning are provided by an outside 2-ton heat pump; the walls are insulated with high-density foam; the master bedroom and living room are cable-ready; the vintage radios will accept a 1/8 inch jack for use with your i-pod, phone, or mp3 player; electricity is provided by a new 100-amp circuit breaker; electrical outlets are all three-prong grounded with GFI circuits in the kitchen, bathroom, and outside; each room has its own smoke detector; and the exterior doors are connected to a monitored ADT security system. In short, we have done our best to provide you with a retro retreat that will satisfy all your needs while providing a unique living experience.
This vintage Spartan trailer is situated on our eleven mostly-wooded acres in a safe, rural residential setting. The grounds offer a sitting area, hammock, and children's playground. The wildlife includes birds, bunnies and squirrels galore, a box turtle who lives in the area with his toad friends, and the occasional armadillo, owl, wild turkeys, coyote and bobcat sightings. Depending on the season, you are welcome to help yourself to the fruits of our peach trees, apple trees, pear trees, thornless blackberry bushes, and blueberry bushes, which vary widely in their level of productivity from year to year.