Thursday, May 26, 2016

Bob’s Antique and Classic Cars Part 8

1954 Kom-Pak Trailer
Photo by Kate Tompkins
I’m betting you haven’t seen one of these before—I certainly hadn’t! It’s a 1954 Kom-Pak trailer, designed to look like a 1953 Ford from behind. Check out the roof—yes, it is a boat. But don’t worry, it originally had support bows to hold a canvas roof when the owner was off fishing.

According to the plaque beside it, fewer than 200 were made. Many of the websites I was on while researching claimed only 16 were made with only six still around. Then again, like most information online, I think they were all quoting from each other. Pretty sure I’ve seen at least six different ones online. I’ve got a few links below, mostly auction sites, that have better photos than I could get.

1954 Kom-Pak Trailer
Photo by Kate Tompkins
Doesn’t seem to be a lot of information out there on these trailers. The sites claiming there were only 16 made also say they were made in Medford, Oregon. No manufacturer is given, however. Even on the advertising material I found on a station wagon forum, they only list dealers. They do however give specs, and the original asking price, FOB Medford, of $1,595.

And here’s a link to a post on a vintage trailer site by someone who actually owned one, providing a few more details (scroll down, it's the second post). Among other things, they confirm the canvas roof, that both the boat and trailer are fiberglass, and the back has a fold-down table with a kitchenette and ice box behind it (you can see it in the Barrett-Jackson photos). They also discuss how the boat is removed.

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