1975 GMC Motorhome, Palm Beach 26′
Vehicle Type:Minivans and Vans
Drive:Front Wheel Drive
Exterior:Porsche Guards Red
Thanks for stopping by to take a look at our 1975 Palm Beach GMC Motorhome. This one is special. Painted in Porsche "Guards Red" and being a rare GMC Motorhome, she draws attention. On the road or in the park, this coach will draw admiration as you grace American roads once again. Summer is here and the road beckons!
For those unfamiliar with the GMC Motorhome, it was the only motorhome ever conceived, designed and built by an automobile manufacturer. It was designed to be “car- like” with front wheel drive and cutting edge with air spring suspension and wide curved glass. An aluminum skin was bonded to a gel coated fiberglass outer shell. A low step in and reasonable 26 foot and 23 foot sizes made it a family favorite.
Slab sided box motorhomes on truck frames were (are) no match. That being said, this is not a new, perfect motorhome. She has weathered 46 years incredibly well but a new Tesla, she is not.
We’ve had a few of these GMC’s and have surveyed quite a few more that we passed up. They seem to fall into 3 categories:
Show Queen, They are expensive and rare. They don’t get used much.
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.
We think this Palm Beach fits in the Loved category. While we don’t know the previous owner, we can see that regular maintenance has been done and one of the most important factors is that we’d bet this girl lived inside a nice warm garage or warehouse. She just doesn’t seem to show the wear of an outside life. The paint easily buffs to a nice gloss.
Here’s what we see:
Porsche “Guards Red” Paint is beautiful and polishes up excellently. Minor touch ups have been done over time. Silver accent stripe is painted, not a decal.
California Blue plates. Issued in 1975 to this coach. She's a true California native, from day one.
26’ side bath model. In GMC floor plan lingo it’s a 26-2 with the rear Gaucho Bed combo. AKA, the one everyone wants to sleep 6 comfortably.
Awning - feet will detach and mount to the campsite ground if preferred
Alcoa 16” alloy wheels with locking lugs and keys.
Radial Tires are OK for your stationary display. (Tiny home, office, Air B&B or extra bedroom usage)
Tires should be replaced before on road use. (We have a great tire store nearby)
Nice glass throughout.
Nice Chrome bumpers
Rare GMC Spare tire cover is color matched
New power roof vent
TV/radio antenna mount (wired into the passenger side upper cabinet)
Aluminum Ladder and roof rail option
Class IV Trailer hitch and Hardwired trailer pigtail
455 V8 Oldsmobile Tornado Front Wheel Drive
Dual 25 gallon fuel tanks
Drives and shifts nice.
Drives, runs and stops well.
Airbags appear to be just a few years old and work well.
The glass is in good condition. No cracks or breaks. All windows operate properly. Screens are in place.
From the Captain’s position you’ll notice:
New upholstery in great condition. Two tone Gray with red accents and piping carry the outer paint scheme throughout the cabin.
Swivel front bucket seats allow the pilot and co-pilot to join the in-cabin fun.
Excellent visibility through huge curved glass windshields. Screened vent windows throughout.
Seatbelts for 6
Power outlets for charging phones and computers.
Full sized chrome mirrors and lots of windows make driving a dream.
New audio with flip up screen (back up camera "option" mentioned in video is available but not installed)
Tilt steering wheel
In the Galley you’ll find:
Beautiful Palm Beach cabinetry in nice condition which are the original high end factory louvered wood cabinets.
Linen closet and lots of storage
Dinette seats 4 for cards or meals.
New Microwave and Coffee maker.
Double stainless steel sink with faucet.
Metallic Resin countertop
Shore feed and white water tank with new filter in great shape.
Refrigerator gets cold on shore power. Not tested on propane.
110 Shore power
Overhead light fixtures and exhaust fan.
Coach auxiliary heating system (All there, not tested, summer here)
Dual Roof Air Conditioning. blows cool. Probably needs a recharge.
New rooftop electric fan with watertight cover.
Onan generator hour meter at 597 hours. (Not tested. They are noisy. For me, a newer quiet Honda generator is the way to go.)
Side Bathroom model with shower and storage cabinets. Nicely kept. Great water pressure. New Shower curtain. See the video. No whirlpool tub, bidet or heated towel racks. Supplies include holding tank disinfectant treatments. She smells nice now and will stay that way.
Rear Gaucho seating option that converts to a bed. Reading lights, AC, stereo speakers
Driver side sofa converts to upper and lower bunks
Dinette converts to bed.
Seatbelts for 6
The odometer shows 86,900 miles.
DMV paperwork. Clear California title. Registered in California and has California BLUE plates issued in 1975. Tags just expired in January 2021. On non-op. Out of State buyers can ship or drive out of CA on a “one trip permit” available from DMV or AAA.
Happy to make the coach available for your inspection at my location in Stanton CA 90680. I don’t offer joy rides.
She has had an interior refresh with new carpet and upholstery. Your custom touches are next. It's 1975 and race season is in full swing. Celebrate your victories in this swinging retro motorhome equipped with dual AC, Awning, ladder rack and Alcoa Alloy Wheels. Always the centerpiece at any gathering and ready for the next century.