Two Tom Hanks vehicles are headed to auction at Bonhams during Monterey Car Week this August. The big get is a 1992 Airstream Model 34 Limited Excella travel trailer that Hanks used while shooting movies for decades. The secondary (but also exciting) offer is a 1980 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser that Hanks had specially built for his use.
Starting with the trailer, Hanks had it built to his specifications and equipped for his use in 1993. He’s owned and used it in movies up to 2017. His reason for selling the trailer wasn’t listed in Bonhams’ notes, but there’s no doubt the trailer is showing its age at this point.
"I got it in the days when movies moved slower,” Hanks told Bonhams. “I had spent too much time in regular trailers with ugly décor and horribly uncomfortable furniture, so I decided to buy a brand-new Airstream shell with an interior made to my own request.”
The interior of this 35-foot trailer is rather demure for someone of Hanks’ financial standing. It’s 1990s luxury, so it’s not bursting with high-tech gizmos and connected everything. Instead, it’s a step back to a point in history that isn’t all that long ago. The new owner will get to admire Hanks’ autograph on one of the air conditioners to make sure you never forget who owned it before. You’ll also see “clapperboard” stickers on the windows to show you the 18 different locations where Hanks used the trailer.
Bonhams is predicting that this Airstream will sell for $150,0000-$250,000.
Next up is Hanks’ 1980 FJ40 Land Cruiser. Hanks had a number of things done to this FJ to make it “competent both in the wilderness and on the highway.” The first is an engine swap to GM’s 4.3-liter Vortec V6 that makes 180 horsepower. This is then mated to a GM five-speed manual and hooked up to Toyota’s driveline.
The suspension is upgraded with Old Man Emu shocks and steering damper. Plus, it’s on 31-inch Toyo Open Country tires. Hanks had the interior modified with a set of power Porsche seats (the original seats are included in the sale) and a new stereo system that added speakers in the rear — it also has air conditioning.
Just like the Airstream, Hanks’ signature can be found on the interior. Bonhams is predicting a sale price of $75,000-$125,000 for this particular FJ40. Neither the Land Cruiser nor the Airstream have a reserve, so they’re definitely finding new homes at this auction.