Christmas is in the air. For me, it doesn’t feel like Christmas until I’ve watched National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Many of you may have seen it o at least hear of this now holiday movie classic. In it, Clark Griswold aims to create the perfect Griswold Family Christmas. I won’t’ give any spoilers so if you want to find out how successful his efforts are, go watch it.
The star of the movie is Randy Quaid’s character of Eddie (not Clark), and even more of a star is the family RV he parks on Clark’s doorstep. It’s a beater of epic proportions. Other than the fact that Eddie had one and it’s “Shitter was full” I didn’t know much about them (and still don’t), nut let’s take a look at it, shall we?
I don’t know much about RV’s other than your grandparents get one when they retire, your dad thinks it’s a good idea to haul his “too cool” teenage kids around in one, and that they’re the perfect thing to take to an endurance race (Sebring or Daytona in my case). Finding out the specs on Eddie’s particular flavor of RV was a bit tough for me. Here’s what could find out, though:
It is a 1972 Ford Condor, one of the few RV’s FoMoCo made in-house, meaning it wasn’t coach-built. Condors were based on the M504 Truck chassis powered by a 390ci V8 and Cruise-O-Matic 3sp trans. So, they weren’t exactly speed machines, but what RV’s are made for relaxing long hauls, not speed records.
Eddie’s beloved clunker may not look the part, but back when new, a fresh from the dealership Condor was a thing of beauty and a luxury item. While not quite Airstream quality, Condors were still very well equipped, with all the creature comforts of home for their $20k price tag. Eddie’s was free.
If you’re interested in what happened to the movie car, MotorNomadics has an old post about it. f you’re interested in buying one, you can still find rust buckets pretty cheap, but as with any movie-famous car, the cleaner they get the higher the prices skyrocket. Other than that I haven’t been able to dig anything up. If you have on or know more than I do, let us now in the comments below!