Do you ever breakfast at the International House of Pancakes? If you do then today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe International House on Wheels would be the perfect ride in which to sleep off that carb-heavy morning meal. That is if its price proves totally rooty tooty and not just fresh ‘n fruity.
It’s undeniable that the siren’s song of BMW’s legendary 8-series draws many a weak-willed devotee to his or her financial doom. When the object of obsession comes with a stick and a seemingly low price, as did yesterday’s 1993 850Ci, that song turns to wail of want, as evidenced in this particular car's eventual 57% Nice Price win.
That result reminded me of Richard Matheson’s novel, What Dreams May Come. You may have seen the less than faithful film adaptation. In Matheson’s rumination on the afterlife, a dead man chooses to leave Heaven in order to seek out his wife in of all places, Hell. Demonstrating his enduring love for her, he chooses to stay there with her despite her being batshitcrazypants. That fate of damnation and lunacy were her penance for having committed suicide out of sadness for her husband’s passing.
I’m kind of thinking that owning that big beat up Bimmer would lead to a similar result so potential buyers should plan to dress accordingly. Of course, if you’re already on the road to Hell, you could do far worse than to ply it in this 1960 International B-series Camper Truck.
Described in the ad as both one-of-kind and all-original, this truck started as a cab and frame upon which was built a custom wedge-top camper body hand crafted by a boat builder. Said to have taken three years to complete, the camper addition is fiberglass over a frame of wood and aluminum and encloses a modest interior outfitted in mahogany and marine plywood.
That interior also offers what looks like a dining banquette that could convert to a bed, and a Beverly Hillbillies-style wood burning stove for cooking your vittles when the aforementioned IHOP can’t be found.
The truck beneath that is a pretty standard IH B-series, featuring the brand’s sturdy 266-CID V8 and a three-speed automatic. The ad claims that both of those work just fine. The cab is as simple as you could want but does feature some period appropriate accessories, including a floor-mounted A/C (?) unit to blow up your skirt, and a detachable spot lamp on the dash.
There is some weirdness underneath however, as the seller notes a free-wheeling axle has been added to the truck to help prevent turtling and to act as a locator for the spare. But the best part of this camper is what is hanging in the in the windows. Two words, my friends: Pork and Beans Curtains. Okay, that was more than two words, but any additional words you might want to add would very likely be, hells yeah!
This site explains that the builder of the camper used it on a trip along the Alaskan highway. He passed away in ‘70s, and the current owner acquired the truck in 2010 after it had been garaged for years. I guess he’s ready for this home away from home to find a new home and presently has it up for sale with an asking price of $12,500.
Considering the kitsch factor, the condition, and the obvious craftsmanship that went into this one of a kind classic camper, do you think that’s a fair price?
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