1957 Casa Manana Mobile Home is Vintage Perfection

This 1957 Casa Manana mobile home is an excellent piece of history! The Henslee Company, out of Arlington, Texas built this 36′ long and 8′ wide mobile home.

1957 casa manana mobile home - living room

Research shows that the Henslee Company began building mobile homes around 1954. Atlas Mobile Home Directory states in 1955 a 27′ Casa Mobile Home sold for $2395.00. The 33′ was $2995.00, and the 36′ was a cool $3195.00.

Learn more about vintage mobile homes of 1955 here.

Pink Kitchen in 1957 Casa Manana Mobile Home

1957 casa manana mobile home - pink kitchen appliances





This Casa Manana is as solid as it was the day it was built 60 years ago. Mobile homes of the era were built with real wood; no particle board found here!

1957 casa manana mobile home - kitchen

This 1957 Casa Manana mobile home has only had two owners and was kept untouched and in storage for about 50 years.

Like most vintage mobile homes, the Casa needed a few updates and upgrades. After careful planning and consideration, a restoration was done to enhance the look of the trailer while giving it a few modern updates. For example, the electric and plumbing systems were upgraded with new lines, water heater, and toilets but the original porcelain sinks, bathtub, and faucets remain original.





1957 casa manana mobile home- original pink porcelin sink

The owners were careful to install the new modern appliances (microwave, stove, and refrigerator) in the original pink finish. New floor tile that matches the original backsplash and new Birchwood ceiling and wall skins were installed, too.

Related: Mobile Home Kitchens From 1955 to 1960

1957 casa manana mobile home - master bedroom 3

The beautiful birch interior is always a favorite with vintage trailer fans.





1957 casa manana mobile home- master bedroom 2

One lucky vintage fan will soon be the new owner of this 1957 Casa Manana mobile home. Unfortunately, the current owner must sell this gem due to health reasons and has recently reduced the asking price.

Feel free to leave a comment below if you are interested in more details, and I’ll have the owner contact you.

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30 Comments
  1. Devin carey says

    My mother has one to this day…needs restoration but is complete…anyone know of someone will to buy something like this?

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Devin,

      There is a lot of interest in vintage mobile homes like this. If it’s fixable, you can probably sell it. You can try listing it on eBay and Craigslist. There are also a few Facebook groups for vintage mobile homes for sale. Best of luck!

  2. Della l West says

    How fun to see this trailer!! My husband returned from Korea, Sept 1954. We were then stationed in Ardmore, Oklahoma. We owned a 25 foot Alma trailer, no bathroom! We drove to Arlington to the Henslee factory and purchased a 1955, 36 foot trailer. They delivered to Ardmore Air Force Base and we thought we had died and gone to Heaven!! Two bedrooms and a BATHROOM!! Not many people around who recall those hard times. Thank you for posting for all to see!!

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      What a great memory, Della! Do you have any photos? I’d love to hear more!

  3. Deana says

    Just bought one that’s similar. Only 8 x25′ and made by the Contempari Mobile Homes Inc. Model #30 Serial # 1500. Can you help me I’d the year made, pics and company history.

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Deana,

      It’s pretty hard to find information on older mobile homes. Your best bet is to just do Google searches. There were just so many made over the years and the literature was never digitized so it’s hard to locate info on any of the but best of luck!

    2. Dylan D says

      Oh! we also have a Contempori. They were made in Arlington, Tx. Ours is a 1969 model, 8×36. Id love to see some pics.

  4. Thomas Schiers says

    I have one if these, a 33′ 1958 for sale in fair condition, in need of spindle repair, very beautiful with original appliances please bare with me.

  5. Rosalie Haley says

    Very interested in the ’57 Casa Manana. Is it still available? Asking price? Able to move it to Wichita, KS.? Would love some information.

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      It has been sold. Sorry!

    2. Thomas Schiers says

      Still interested in one?

  6. Rose Haley says

    Is the 1957 Casa Manyana still available? I like it very much. How much are you asking? I live in Wichita, Kansas. Does it have wheels? Could I tow it to Wichita? Let me know any information you can give me. Thanks

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Rose,

      I’m almost positive that it has been sold. Sorry!

  7. Melvin says

    Hi I have a 1957 Travelodge I am interested in selling. Excellent condition. It is currently located in northeast Ohio but will need to be relocated. If interested please contact me.

  8. Larry Fowler says

    I saw this Casa in Geneva AL, and it is stunning. Sorry he has to sell it due to health, if it were less than 30′ I would be interested. It is stunning.

  9. Joyce Shackelford says

    I have a 1951 Skyline trailer we still use for a weekend get-away. Two bedrooms , a bath , kitchen and living area. It has sat in its current location since the 70’s. Needs some work. I would love to sell.

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Joyce,
      You should list it on Craigslist! Vintage mobile homes are popular nowadays!

  10. Betty Overman says

    Is this mobile home for sale, and if so, for how much? I am actually interested in the 1957 Great Lakes 8 foot wide 2 bedroom, one bath, middle kitchen mobile home, but ran across this mobile home in my search. Also, where is it now located?

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Betty,

      I’m pretty sure it was sold already. Sorry!

    2. Robby Flowers says

      Hi Betty, I have a 1958 Great Lakes 8×40 I would consider selling….it is the 2 bedroom with middle kitchen and bath. I purchased it last year to renovate and pulled it 120 miles without any issues after repacking bearings and new rims/tires. It appears to be in great condition!

  11. Bill says

    I just bought 12 acres with a 1962 sabre mobile home on it. The last owner still was using it when he sold it to me, I can’t find any information on this trailer. It’s very very long and wide. Needs work. But I’m not sure if it’s worth it. I would hate to junk it. Any information would help

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Bill,

      The chances are pretty slim to find much. There have been thousands of models produced over the decades. Other than a basic Google search, contacting the builder directly (assuming they are still in business), or just happening upon a similar home you will probably not have much luck.

      Sorry!

  12. Francesca says

    Is it still available? what is the asking price?

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Francesca,

      I will have to email the owner and ask cause it’s been a couple of months since I last spoke to him. I’ll let you know as soon as I find out!

  13. Isabel says

    Hello, interested in finding out what the asking price is for this home!

    Thank you

  14. Robert Texler says

    I have several vintage mobile homes for sale.
    Different makes. 30 to 40 ft.

    1. Rachel says

      I would love to have any one available , a friend showed me one he was using to store thing in didn’t really realize the true beauty of what he had until I pointed it out , I wish i would have kept my big mouth shut….lol , thank you so much for the awesome share

  15. David Rhodes says

    There is one of these in Colorado between Ridgway and Montrose, just parked in a lot by itself. The name plate says “Casa del Manana” – House of Tomorrow!

  16. Jennifer Chandler says

    Hi There-
    We are just working on figuring out what kind of mobile home / RV might be good for us while we are building the permanent home. Interested to know if this is still available and what the asking price is.
    I might also email you about some others.
    Thanks for your help!
    Jen Chandler

  17. Suzanne Melton says

    Thanks, Kim! I’ve enjoyed your articles already and look forward to more in the future.