This is sad to see—Gertie the Bookmobile is finally retiring and for sale. I shot and wrote her up back in 2011, and saw her on the street somewhere just last year. But here is the CL ad, and it appears it’s days as a bookmobile is over.
Its owner had a passion for books, and would appear here and there, offering free books. Hundreds of free books come with the truck, but the ad says the owner is willing to sell it without them too. I guess there’s not much demand even for free books anymore, or its owner just needs to move on.
This would make an awesome camper, especially with its clerestory windows. Asking price: $29,000.
The view from the front. The clerestory lights give a gentle daylighting to the little library on wheels.
And the view from the rear.
Gertie has all of 50,500 miles on here, and the 345 cubic inch International is still in very good health. Its carburetor was recently rebuilt.
The body was built by Gertenslager, hence her name.
Need a new hobby? Love books? Or just needing a perfect pace to store your library of vintage car books? Gertie is looking for a loving home.