Post by frankstrailerworks on Jul 20, 2011 17:01:37 GMT -5
Can anyone tell me what P 1458 might mean age wise? I do not want to join yet another yahoo group to read the decoder. I hear a chart is posted there, but just do not want more emails coming in. She is a Compact and most likely early 60's. Thank you, Frank
Post by frankstrailerworks on Jul 21, 2011 3:37:58 GMT -5
Early 60's is a year? How is it you know your trailer is 1961? Is it just a guess or are there actual ranges of the years? I own three Airstreams. It is very clear by the serial number when they were built. Why is the Shasta serial number such a mystery?
Comparing to the Shasta registry on the Yahoo groups, it looks like your Compact would be a '63 model year.
The canned ham styled Compacts were produced from 1959-1964. Combined with the VIN comparison that I went to the trouble to do for you and the styling cues of your trailer, my belief is that your Compact is a 1963. Do I know this to be fact....NO! But, I would say that I am 90+% sure.
Mine is titled as a model year 1961 but was built more than likely summer 1960 since California production moved from the Van Nuys plant (where mine was built) in the Fall of 1960.
I agree with Jim and will back him up on his assessment that your Compact is very likely a 1963 model. Unlike some other trailers, Shasta did not provide much information encoded into their VINs and it can be frustrating. The only thing you can do without an original title, is try to figure it out, based on the body style and features of the trailer along with a few other clues.
As you've been told, the letter at the beginning of the VIN indicates which factory it came from. The numbers that follow indicate its production number coming out of the factory. The production numbers are sequential, so if you have a reference of other VINs close to your number, your trailer is within the same age range.
All of that being said, the Leola, PA factory did not open until 1963. Therefore your trailer, coming from that factory, has to be from that year or later. I have attached a press release announcing the opening of the Pennsylvania factory, dated June 1963.
Hope this helps to clear up the mystery for you,
Kat & Clayton 1958 Airflyte 1959 Model 19' Deluxe 1970 1400
Post by 61shastacompact on Jul 22, 2011 17:49:17 GMT -5
Thanks for the additional information Kat. I think that the Compact in the ad that you have pictured is an earlier example due to the fact that it is lacking the forward side clearance marker light, like mine. It seems that later models, starting around '62-'63, all came with the additional forward light.