This 1968 Winnebago F17 RV Is a Funky Fresh Time Capsule
The year 1968 changed America and the world, with unforgettable events that were both entertaining, impressive and devastating. There was the “Game of the Century”, an NCAA basketball game between the UCLA Bruins and the Houston Cougars. The unstoppable Bruins – led by Lew Alcindor, who would become future big Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers – had a 47-game winning streak that ended in a two-point loss to Houston, 71-69. Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy were murdered. Apollo 8 orbited the moon and returned safely to Earth. Future pop culture superstars were born: actors Will Smith, Josh Brolin and Molly Ringwald, as well as skateboard legend Tony Hawk. In the midst of all this, the cute and fabulously awkward Winnebago F17 RV / camper was crossing American roads.
In a 1969 brochure, the company promoted the F17 Winnebago as follows: “For the young family on the go, the F17 from Winnebago is an economical motorhome [physically] longer than today’s compact wagons. Go wherever a car can go, navigate at toll speeds, park everywhere with ease. The F17 offers much more living space than a motorhome. “
In our continued reading of Bring a Trailer for humorous and special finds, we came across this 2019 list for a 1968 Winnebago F17, which sold for $ 28,500. The original owner bought the new F17 from 68 in Forest City, Iowa, and kept it for almost 50 years before it first went on sale in 2015.
Built on a Ford P-350 chassis, the groovy two-tone white and gold box on wheels can accommodate up to six people. Powered by a six-cylinder in-line engine coupled to a three-speed automatic, the Winnebago F17 covered approximately 51,000 miles at the time of its last sale. It underwent a detailed renovation in 2016 that involved replacing the carpet and upholstery, as well as updates to the exterior paint, graphics, grille inserts and wheels. The padded cabin adds a touch of luxury and reminds us that even old-fashioned Winnebago motorhomes can be in fashion.
Inside, the special-looking F17 motorhome shines particularly; discover its beautiful turquoise-themed interior and the facilities available, which certainly make it feel like a comfortable home. Standard equipment and furnishings for this gem include a dining area, full kitchen, wet bathroom, double closet, wall-mounted heater, and full-length mirrors. It’s quite a fairly standard kit. The standout feature of the F17, then, is surely its body, especially the way its abrupt profile and zags at the front and rear. But even that makes this classic Winnebago even more charming.
We can’t help but think of all the cool road trips – and who knows what else? If nothing else, the winning bidder will surely consider this crazy year of 1968 every time he or she enters this fantastic time capsule.