Complete Restoration: ’51 Spartan Imperial Mansion

This is a photo log of a 1951 Spartan Imperial Mansion that I found on Vintage Spartan was one of the first manufacturers that really got it right!

Here’s before the restoration:

Here’s after the restoration:

Vintage Campers (.com) is a full service vintage camper and vintage trailer dealer in Peru, Indiana specializing in all brands of riveted construction trailers from the 40s’, 50s’ and 60s’.  They offer vintage trailer sales, restoration services (major and minor), as well as, new, salvaged and reproduction vintage trailer parts.  Typical trailers they like to keep in stock would include vintage Airstream, vintage Spartan, vintage Avion, vintage Silver Streak, vintage Boles Aero, vintage Vagabond, vintage Curtis Wright, vintage Streamline and others. So in other words, this is place to call if your looking for a vintage camper or mobile home!

Here’s heaven, I mean their lot:

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  1. patrick combs says

    I’m in the middle of restoring a 1956 Spartan royal manor.

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Patrick! I would love to see it! If you can, please take lots of photos along the way – Spartans are my favorite and I love to see them getting a new life!

  2. emily says

    If you don’t mind me asking, how much did your restoration cost?

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Emily! This Spartan was originally posted on so you may be able to go there and find out how much was spent.

      If I had to guess it would cost more than 15 grand. The woodwork alone was probably a few thousand and then the appliances and materials was probably a few thousand more. Vintage stuff isn’t cheap but the end result is worth every penny!

      Thanks so much for reading MHL!

  3. deborah says

    Indiana was once the “capital” of mh manufacturing. I remember going through the state many times in the 60’s/70’s and seeing miles and miles of mh manufacturing plants.

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Deborah! I have a read a lot about your area and their huge contribution to the mobile and manufactured home industry. The most innovative designs and forward thinking companies were usually in Indiana or Wisconsin from what I’ve read. Even the National museum for mobile/manufactured/rv is there. Some day, I hope to visit that and see Indiana, I bet its gorgeous!

      Thanks so much for commenting! It’s always so great to hear from you :)

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