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.
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
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!
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.
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
The beautiful birch interior is always a favorite with vintage trailer fans.
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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31 thoughts on “1957 Casa Manana Mobile Home is Vintage Perfection”
DID THIS UNIT HAVE A V I N? HAVE A UNIT LIKE THIS ONE, UNABLE TO LOCATE V I N, NEED V I N TO GET STATE TITLE,
CURRENT OWNER CANNOT LOCATE TITLE, TEXAS DEPT MOTOR VEHICLES REQUIRES VIN TO TITLE AND REGISTER
IF YOUR UNIT HAD A VIN, WHERE WAS IT LOCATED/STAMPED?? YOUR REPLY WILL BE APPRECIATED GENE
IN 1957 WERE VIN ASSIGNED TO RV UNITS? HAVE A 1957 HENSLEE CASA MANANA CAN NOT LOCATE VIN,
TEXAS DEPT OF MOTOR VEHIVLES NEED VIN TO ISSUE TITLE, BOUGHT UNIT, OWNER CANNOT LOCATE TITLE.
ANY SUGGESTIONS? GENE
My mother has one to this day…needs restoration but is complete…anyone know of someone will to buy something like this?
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!
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!!
What a great memory, Della! Do you have any photos? I’d love to hear more!
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.
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!
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.
Very interested in the ’57 Casa Manana. Is it still available? Asking price? Able to move it to Wichita, KS.? Would love some information.
It has been sold. Sorry!
Still interested in one?
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
I’m almost positive that it has been sold. Sorry!
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.
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.
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.
You should list it on Craigslist! Vintage mobile homes are popular nowadays!
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?
I’m pretty sure it was sold already. Sorry!
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!
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
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.
Is it still available? what is the asking price?
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!
Hello, interested in finding out what the asking price is for this home!
I have several vintage mobile homes for sale.
Different makes. 30 to 40 ft.
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
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!
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!
Thanks, Kim! I’ve enjoyed your articles already and look forward to more in the future.