Simon de Burton

A piece of Hollywood history: inside Tom Hanks’ film trailer

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Tom Hanks with his Airstream trailer (Image: Bonhams)

‘I got it in the days when movies moved slower,’ says Hollywood A-lister Tom Hanks of the Airstream caravan that served as a home-from-home while shooting some of his biggest hits of the past 30 years, including Forrest Gump, Apollo 13 and Sleepless in Seattle. But now Hanks is offering the polished aluminium 33-footer at a Bonhams classic car auction in Carmel, California, on August 13 – where it’s tipped to realise up to $250,000.

He’s also selling the vast Ford F450 Super Duty pick-up truck ($70,000 – 100,000) that he bought to give the Airstream ‘a kinder, gentler tow’ than usual movie crew vehicles, as well as his customised Toyota FJ Land Cruiser ($75,000 -125,000) and a Tesla Model S P85D ($70,000 – 100,000) – all of which are up for grabs ‘without reserve’.

Tom Hanks filming Apollo 13 (Shutterstock)

Hanks says he bought the Airstream in 1992 after spending too much time in ‘regular’ trailers with unappealing interiors and uncomfortable furniture – although he opted for a minimalist look when it came to his personal van, which is simply appointed with a desk, cupboard and futon platform together with a basic fitted kitchen and bathroom.


A small table and chairs and a sofa custom-made to fit through the door complete the low-key aesthetic, but the buyer will get dishes, glasses, several coffee makers and some other kitchen equipment thrown-in. The Airstream also has has electric levelling jacks, a roll-up awning, a brace of propane tanks for cooking and heating and its own electricity generator.

The capacious caravan certainly holds plenty of good memories for Hanks from the years in which it served as his refuge on sets throughout America.

‘I shan’t forget night shoots on ‘Gump’ and ‘The Green Mile’ (in Nashville) with the windows open and the cool air coming in.

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