Ready For A Jaw-Dropper?

Me, with one of the cars that I killed

I grew up in what you could call a “car family,” if you wanted to make the understatement of the century. Throughout my childhood my father owned a series of Porsches, all of which he cleaned both before and after driving – to my significant consternation, because he insisted on involving me in these omg, very extensive cleaning sessions. The idea of introducing a single atom of food into his vehicle gave me heart palpitations. Touch the windows, or any spot on the exterior save for the handle? Enter without a thorough cleansing of my shoes? I don’t think so.

So it is with considerable disappointment that my father views my own car-related proclivities, which is that I kill them. Like, kill them dead. The first car I owned when I moved out to LA was a Chrysler LeBaron convertible with red velvet seats. I adored that car, and then I killed it by not realizing that there was a thing called “oil,” and that it needed to be addressed on occasion. My most recent car I killed by mayyyybe driving over a curb that was mayyyyybe quite high, and mayyyyybe destroying the transmission. (And let’s not forget about this little incident.) I do very much enjoy the car I have now, though – goodness gracious, it is lovely – and so I have turned into a mini replica of my father in some regards (“GET. THE SLIME. OUT OF MY CAR”). We’ll see how long that lasts.

All of this is to say that I don’t tend to nerd out over vehicles all that much. Except. Oh, except.

1950 Westcraft Capistrano Calypso Trailer for sale luxury restoration

I mean…what even IS that?!

The answer is that it is a 1950 Westcraft Capistrano Trailer named “Calypso” – one of only two in the world – and the product of 11 years of work (!) by a team committed to transforming it from a slightly forlorn collector’s item into a move-in ready, functional piece of art and history. I found out about this stunner from a colleague who introduced me to the restoration team, and seriously: The work that went into the trailer (not to mention the result) is just completely jaw-dropping.

First, shall we check out the before?

1950 Westcraft Capistrano trailer restoration


Let’s take a look at the interior, because the restoration is just as incredible inside as out, and included…

Wait for it…

1950 Westcraft Capistrano Calypso Trailer for sale luxury restoration1950 Westcraft Capistrano Calypso Trailer for sale luxury restoration

  • A master bedroom
  • A full kitchen with STUNNING period-specific appliances (omg the stove and refrigerator omg)
  • A bar/lounge
  • A living room with custom-made leather convertible sofa/bed and chairs

1950 Westcraft Capistrano Calypso Trailer for sale luxury restoration

  • A spectacular period bathroom with jade-green toilet (eeee), gimbaled vanity and heavy stainless steel shower enclosure.
  • Honey wooden floors and cognac woodwork
  • Custom burgundy leatherwork throughout
  • Hand-built furnishings, including a fold-up dining table that vanishes into a leather-lined cabinet that also conceals a flat-screen TV

1950 Westcraft Capistrano Calypso Trailer for sale luxury restoration

1950 Westcraft Capistrano Calypso Trailer for sale luxury restoration

The restoration also included crazy high-end amenities that bring the retro design into the modern age. For example:

  • Two highest-end sound systems
  • Two hidden flat-screen televisions
  • Authentic Deco lighting set to dimmers
  • Custom-fabricated grills, modern appliances, luxury faucets and fixtures
  • Contemporary water-heating, air-conditioning and heating systems

I cannot even. I may just go ahead and move in myself. The kids can live on the roof.

(Did I mention it’s for sale? It’s for sale – you can check out more details here, and inquire with the owners by clicking this link or emailing me at so I can put you in direct touch; I’m helping them out with some updated photography, so also be sure to follow my IG stories to watch me touring the trailer myself in full-on Gush Mode.)

Above photography by Pawel Litwinski


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