1977 GMC 26′ Kingsley Motorhome
Vehicle Type:Minivans and Vans
WOW !! SOLD THAT FAST!
More GMC's are on the way!
Here's the write up:
I have looked at a number of these GMC’s and they seem to fall into 3 categories:
Show Queen, They are expensive and rare
Loved, These were enjoyed and maintained to a high quality standard.
Neglected, They are often low mileage, stored outside for decades and in need of tens of thousands of dollars worth of repairs just to be roadworthy.
The Show Queens are still rare, Loved coaches are few and far between and the vast majority fit the neglected category.
I would put this Kingsley in the Loved category. While I don’t know the previous owner, I can see that regular maintenance has been done and one of the most important factors is that I’d bet this girl lived inside a nice warm garage or warehouse (like she does now). She just doesn’t seem to show the wear of an outside life. The gel coat still buffs to a nice gloss.
Here’s what I know:
A common trait among vintage motorhomes is that many of the factory options and niceties are lost to the passage of time. People remodel or repair with either what’s available or what they see as an upgrade. In the case of this GMC Kingsley, I’d like to point out a few of those often lost or broken amenities that you can still find on this well loved example.
Documentation. Rarely do you see such complete paperwork. Three large binders of documents accompany this coach. They cover the coach and the accessories as well as service providers that have worked on the coach over the years.
Mileage and fueling reports
Receipts for engine, transmission rebuilds and many other years of service and maintenance totaling in the tens of thousands of dollars.
Original GMC Motorhome sales Brochure
GMC Club newsletters
Original “GMC VacationLand” Coloring Book (Uncolored!)
Hot Wheels GMC
Vacuum and accessories. GMC Motorhomes were offered with an optional central vacuum system. (Note the hose connection near the door.) This one is intact and operational, including the hose and accessories from 1977. On most GMC coaches, this system is long gone. There are even 2 new vacuum cleaner bags, ready for service. Check out the photos
The bumper Jack and tools are specially designed for the GMC motorhome. This coach includes the proper tools to change a tire including the funky bumper mount. Again, these rarely survive the years.
Locking Spare tire cover. This rare factory option is in excellent shape.
Locking rooftop storage with ladder, rail package and non slip roof coating.
Rear Bumper Casters. Very helpful in low areas or large dips where dragging the rear can occur
Frame mounted hitch. Not a light weight bumper mount. This one is installed to the frame and has a hard mounted wiring pigtail for your trailer or tow behind.
26’ side bath model. In GMC floor plan lingo it’s a 26-10 with the rear Gaucho Dinette Bed combo. AKA, the one everyone wants to sleep 6 comfortably.
Gelcoat is nice and polishes up excellently. Minor touch ups have been done over time.
No accident damage
SEVEN new-ish(?) tires including the spare.
Nice glass throughout.
NIce Chrome bumpers
Newer lenses and lighting.
Rare GMC Spare tire cover
Roof storage box, locking
Aluminum Ladder and roof rail option
Non-Slip roof coating
Satellite style rotating TV Antenna
Class IV Trailer hitch and Hardwired trailer pigtail
455 V8 Oldsmobile Toronado Front Wheel Drive
Fresh oil change
Dual 25 gallon fuel tanks
Drives and shifts nice. See video driving.
Drives, runs and stops well. See video
Airbags work well. Dash controls work great. Rebuilt air compressor and optional "puffy" auxiliary air pump.
The glass is in excellent condition. All windows operate properly. Screens are in place.
From the Captain’s position you’ll notice:
Upholstery in good condition with no rips, tears or worn away spots.
Swivel front bucket seats with hidden armrests allow the pilot and co-pilot to join the fun.
New “never walked on” carpeting with original plastic in place
Excellent visibility through huge curved glass windshields. Screened vent windows throughout.
Lots of power outlets for charging phones and computers.
Full sized chrome mirrors and lots of windows make driving a dream.
Pioneer Cassette Radio player (Radio works fine, don’t know about cassette as I don’t have any cassettes)
Tilt steering wheel
Air Horns (Super Loud and plumbed into the onboard air system)
Cruise control. (no idea if it works)
CB Radio (10-4 good buddy!) (lights up but no idea if it works)
Nice dash pad (an Inside girl trait)
Three electric roof fans with watertight covers
In the Galley you’ll find:
Well preserved kitchen with cabinetry in excellent condition.
Original high end factory louvered wood cabinets.
Dinette seats 4 for cards or meals.
The Jack and Tire change tools are under the aft seat cushion.
Preferred combo stove and Micro.
Double stainless steel sink with new faucet.
Freezer gets cold but the refrigerator will need attention. Not tested on propane.
110 Shore power
Overhead light fixtures and exhaust fan. (working fine, many LED)
Galley floor nite lighting
Coach auxiliary heating system (All there, not tested, summer here)
Roof Air Conditioning. It blows cool, not super cold. Probably needs a recharge.
New rooftop electric fans with watertight covers.
Onan generator hour meter at 297 hours. (On the list of things I won’t get to. Plus they’re noisy. For me, a newer quiet generator was in store since they are only about $500.)
Side Bathroom model with shower and storage cabinets. Nicely kept. Shower curtain. See the video. No whirlpool tub, bidet or heated towel racks. Supplies include 3 holding tank disinfectant treatments new in the box. She smells nice now and will stay that way.
Rear Gaucho option that converts the second dinette to bed. Reading lights
Driver side sofa converts to upper and lower bunks
Dinette converts to bed.
System works well. Hose, bags and attachments included.
The odometer shows just under 29,119 miles. I believe this to be 129,000 as the ample service records support. This is a mechanical odometer so I can’t be sure.
DMV paperwork. Bill of sale as title is lost. Registered in California and has California plates but back fees are due if you want to register it in CA. Out of State buyers can ship or drive out of CA on a “one trip permit” available from DMV or AAA.
I’m happy to make the coach available for your inspection at my location in Stanton CA 90680. I don’t offer joy rides.
Thanks for looking. I’m hopeful someone will have a ball with this great coach.