Vintage Mobile Homes of 1955


Vintage Mobile Homes from 1955

1955 was a great year for the mobile home. The vintage mobile homes were going through its adolescence, trying to find itself in a sense. The homes were transitioning from bubbly curves to mean and lean. The clean, sleek exterior lines and contemporary interiors were taking over the neighborhood and the public loved it.

The industry had just went through a huge change. The trailer coach association had rebranded themselves completely. Not only was the name changed, but  the entire focus of the industry seemed to change as well. The majority of the companies would no longer produce vacation homes just for weekends and summers, they would build year-round homes.

Changing the focus from travel trailer to mobile home added a much-needed separation between companies that were essentially building two different products. The two products were very different even if they didn’t appear to be. Two different needs were being filled with two completely different concepts in movable home design – the travel trailer for short vacations and the mobile home for permanent year-round living. Each product had its own market and selling opportunities. Separation and focus opened the industry to a whole new world in 1955 and the designs proved it!

1955 was a year of many designs (as were many other years). Kitchen designs were available in every shape you could imagine. The straight line kitchen below was a popular design but so was the circular. We covered the many kitchen designs from the era in our article titled’ Mobile Home Kitchens From 1955 to 1960.’

1955 Straight Line Kitchen - American mobile Home


This Terra-Cruiser ad really hits home! The headline makes you realize just how long ago 1955 was!


The Chevvy Mobile Home was a division of the Pontiac Coach Company.

chevvy mobile home 1955

Colonial Coach Manufacturing Corporation used great marketing techniques in their print ads. Their advertisements always seemed to have an air of  luxury or sophistication about them.

colonial 1955

The 1955 Glider ad displays the unique window design they offered. 1955 was a year of innovation in window designs for the mobile home industry. As each element used in mobile home construction like windows, hitches, brakes, and new lumber products allowed the homes to improve as well. Research and development was serious business for the mobile home industry in the golden years. Vintage mobile home companies competed with each other to release the most unique concept but the real winners were the homes of the future – the fierce competition brought about many innovations that became mainstream.

Glider 1955



The M System was unique in 1955 because of the completely separate bedroom. Putting the bedroom on the end, instead of the kitchen or living room, is still a popular layout today. It was a great way to allow privacy for both bedrooms in homes that didn’t have enough width to include a hallway which meant you walked through little bedroom to get to the end room.

There were many home layouts that utilized the bedroom on each end. The Prairie Schooner mobile home company had a similar design in 1954 with their 37 foot long model. Below is an advertisement for the 41′ Javelin model.


m system ad 1955


Another advertisement for the ‘M’ System. The ad below is for the 44 foot Dixie-Liner. Birch interior, deluxe cook stove, heat through floor ducts, large bathtub, deluxe sofa, one piece steel roof, fiberglass insulation and vapor barriers were great selling points for mobile homes in 1955 (and 2014!).


m system mobile home


Kropf was a well-known company in the mid 1950’s. They had a huge advertising budget and understood the need to keep their products fresh and unique year after year. Kropf designed many vintage mobile home concepts that later became mainstream. One of their best known designs was the butterfly roof – a concept that may have been a bit before its time.

The Kropf advertisement below has an air of sophistication to it.


kropf eldorado mobile home 1955

Pacemaker Trailer Company out of Elkhart, Indiana was in its prime in 1954. They had several popular models that were breaking sales records. One of the most unique models was their 2-story mobile home.

Pacemaker 1955



The Spartan Aircraft Company produced more than 25 different models in 1955. Smaller models included the 227 Manor, at 27’2″ feet long, the home sold for around $3751.00. The more luxurious models like the Executive Mansion was 50 feet long and priced around $6276.00.


Spartan ad 1955

Spartan in 1955 mag

 The Ventoura Split-Level Home

One of my all time favorite designs is the 1955 Vetoura Split-Level Home. The ‘home like design’ was only available for short time but it showed a whole new side to the movable home concept. Cost may have been to blame for the lack of interest but it was simply before its time if you ask me. Lightweight and waterproofing material wasn’t available yet that would have allowed a movable split-level home to thrive.  It was a high-end, adventurous design that turned heads, then and now. The same concepts are still in use today in both site built and factory built housing.

Ventoura 1955


The Ventoura Split-Level Home could have focused on its permanency but it didn’t. Every ad found for the Ventoura Home has a sentence or two about how easy in was to travel with. It’s an example of how some companies were straddling the fence between travel trailers and the permanent ‘put it in one place and leave it’ concept that the homes would eventually become. No one had a magic ball to see which concept would make the most profit so companies were easing themselves, and their buyers, into the new concept. Perhaps the Ventoura Home sales suffered in the process. Had it been marketed for permanent living it may have been more popular.



ventoura home


Ventoura Homes produced many different models each year. The large company had the means to test new designs and ideas. The Loft-Liner was the company’s answer to the newly popular 2-story mobile homes of the time. Easier to transport and lower prices enticed many buyers from competitors like Stewart and Pacemaker.

ventoura loft-liner mobile home


Prairie Schooner

Ahh, the Prairie Schooner. The name remains familiar today as one of the most well-known vintage mobile home brands in the country. They built a loyal customer base by offering the market unique design concepts. They were rarely the first to come out with a new design. The porch design featured in the advertisement below had been done before by a couple different companies but Prairie Schooner made it theirs with their own designs. What they did best was to improve what was already on the market.


prairie schooner mobile home 54


As you can see, there were many beautiful vintage mobile home designs from 1955. It was part of the golden years of design and innovation and the companies were on top of their game.

As always, thank you for reading Mobile and Manufactured Home Living! 

  1. John Jones says

    I am the proud owner of an 1060 ABC Super Coach 10X55 built by Rex Anderson. This home is in fantastic shape. it has a heated floor system. all of the plates are in tact. only flaw is someone did add an evaporative cooler which meant cutting a whole in the roof. Which also led to some water damage…thankfully it has been kept to a minimal. I am currently in the restoration phase and will post before and after photo’s.

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Sounds like a gem, John! Please take lots of photos – I’d love to add it! Best of luck!

  2. Michelle says

    Did Richardson build 1957 trailers, it looks like it could be a 1955 8 x 32. I bought it in great condition, except it was painted partially on the outside on 3 sides to match the addition and roof covering it was under. The owners do not have a title, they think it’s a 1957 Richardson. I can not find a serial number anywhere. Please advise.

    1. Linda says

      My husband and I bought a 1958 Richardson in 1970, right after we married. It was 8×35. We only paid $1,000 and loved it. Tiny house living long before the trend.

  3. stephanie says

    Hello ,
    About 20 years ago I bought an old house and a 1955 Liberty trailer came with it. My title states it’s 46×8 mobile home. I’m unable to find much information on it. It has set on my property since 1969 is this trailer worth any type of value? It is rusty on outside and would need a lot of tlc but it contains all its origanal features and fixtures.

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Stephanie,

      Liberty’s were fairly common mobile homes back in the day and the length is a too long for the ‘vintage camper craze’. If it’s been sitting for 20 years it’s likely not gonna get much, if anything at all, but you never know, someone may be willing to buy it or at the very least pull it off your land for free (cause it’s gonna cost the mover a few thousand to move).

      Thanks for reading MHL!

  4. mike says

    my father was transferred t another state back in the middle 50s. he towed an 8 by 40 1953 Anderson mh

    1. Joel says

      Mike, I own a 1953 Anderson Travel Trailer. Do you still have it? Or even interior pictures of it? Let me know Thanks. Joel

      1. Shawn Fairchild says

        I do too

  5. Kevin says

    Hi Crystal,

    When I we were first married in 1980 we lived in a double decker trailer. I believe. it was a 1956 Ventoura. It looked like the left one in the add above showing two trailers. Except ours after sloping up the roof was level all the way to the back. Two bedrooms upstairs. This is the only picture I have:

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      HI Kevin!

      That is awesome! Ventoura did make some tri-levels and they had some models that looked remarkably like a site-built home (and yours reminds me of those). Let me look around and see if I can find some old ads to show you.

      thanks for sharing!


    Just wondering if you have ever heard of an American mobile home. We had one in the 1960’s. It was 45 feet long – had big jalousy windows – the roof was rounded. We have been wondering about it and just curious.

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Russel! There was an American Coach Company out of Michigan. They were around in the early 50’s (I’m not sure when they ended – it was probably via buyout though). They made some great looking homes and had lots of options and layouts available – one of their best features was the endless choices the buyer had.

      1. Russ and Pat Brickwell says

        Thanks so much for getting back to us. We have been looking on line to see if there is anything out there to show our grown children.

  7. John Maglinger says

    interested in finding a Richardson Regent Bi-level with a sun deck to restore or repair.

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