1970s Sovereigns on eBay

Thirty-one foot Airstream Sovereigns from the 1970s are among the most common Airstream vintage trailer models listed on eBay.  If you are in the market for one of these models, you may not have to wait long for the right one to come along.

We looked at the sales of 23 Sovereigns, all of which were listed within 60 days in the latter part of 2007.  Of these, 14 were sold and nine did not sell.  Of the 14 that were sold, three were re-listed because the first sale was not completed. All three of those re-listings sold for less money than on the original listing.  Of the nine that were not sold, three were re-listed but still did not sell.

Photos of all twenty three of these trailers and their selling histories can be found below.

The overall condition of the trailers ranged from very poor to very good, as reflected in the selling prices and no-sells. None were freshly polished.  You can draw your own conclusions from the photos on the website. The highest price paid was $10,200 but the trailer that fetched that price appeared to need axle replacement, which shows that price may not reflect actual running condition.

The average selling price of the 14 Sovereigns that sold was $4,467.  That price is in the low range of RJ Dial’s “Average” condition ($4,100 – $8,500).  However, that doesn’t mean they are a good deal.  As mentioned in previous issues, 1970′s Sovereigns were more prone to the dreaded “rear end sag” than their shorter cousins of that same decade. Also, un-restored trailers over 25 years old can be expected to have problems. Most will need new axles.

If the trailer needs new axles and floor replacement (due to rot), it’s a project and the selling price should be well below the average. Use all due caution when bidding on these models.  The longer 1970s trailers are widely available, but buyers should be practical and get plenty of information about the trailer before bidding.
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1970
Winning bid: US $3,650.00
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1970
Winning bid: US $10,200.00

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1971
Requested starting bid: US $8,000.00
History: 0 bids
Re-listed 2 weeks later with a requested starting bid of $6,500.00 but still no bids.
Re-listed again 1 week later. Sold for US $5,600.00

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1971
Starting bid: US $4,000.00
History: 0 bids

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1972
Sold for: US $3,800.00

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1972
Winning bid: US $5,100.00

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1972
Winning bid: US $900.00

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1972
Highest bid: US $1,600.00
Reserve not met
Re-listed 2 months later, highest bid $3,500, Reserve not met

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1973
Winning bid: US $4,860.00
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1973
Highest bid: US $5,001.00
Reserve not met

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1973
Sold for: US $1,600.00

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1973
Highest bid: US $3,349.99
Reserve not met

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1974
Winning bid: US $3,852.00
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1974
Sold for: US $7,500.00

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1974
Highest bid: US $3,550.00
Reserve not met

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1975
Highest bid: US $6,400.01
Reserve not met

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1975
Winning bid: US $1,540.00

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1976
Winning bid: US $2,550.00
Re-listed 2 weeks later (winning bidder backed out) and sold for US $1,104.79

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1977
Starting bid: US $9,200.00
History: 0 bids
Re-listed 3 months later with a starting bid of US $5,499.00 but still 0 bids.

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1977
Starting bid: US $9,800.00
History: 0 bids
Re-listed 3 weeks later (reason unknown) and sold for $8,749.99

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1978
Highest bid: US $4,701.00
Reserve not met

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1978
Winning bid: US $2,649.99
Re-listed 1 week later (reason unknown) and sold for US $2,140.00

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1978
Starting bid: US $5,800.00
History: 0 bids