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RARE Vintage Weber Charcoal Grill 1968 " The Texan " NOS - Never Assembled


Item History and Pricing
Information:
Country/Region of Manufacture: United StatesMPN: BK-710
Type: Kettle GrillFuel Type: Charcoal
Color: BlackBrand: Weber
UPC: Does not apply
Original Description:

This is a 1968 Weber Charcoal grill - Model BK-710 "The Texan" - that has never been assembled. The grill is in its original box and complete with all parts (according to the included parts list). This probably isn't unique, but fifty+ year old weber grills in this condition don't come along very often.
* Wooden lid handle in perfect condition (these were introduced in 1964)
* Upper vent with no "Patent Pending" (this means it is prior to 1969)
* Metal bowl handles
* Me...tal thumb screws for the aluminum legs 
* Black plastic cap nuts (an expert Weber grill collector kindly identified the manufacture date as 1968 based on these)
* Metal wheels with painted white wall stripe and rubber tires
The interior and exterior lid and bowl porcelain is in new condition, as are all handles, legs, wheels, vents, cooking grate, ash catcher, hardware (still in plastic bag) and bottom triangle support. 
To protect the original box, a custom outer shipping box was made using heavy-duty double-layer cardboard that came from boxes used to ship massage tables. Rest assured great effort was made to ensure that your purchase will be safe!  The shipping box just looks like a box, but it took hours to figure out and get right. Final shipping size is 25x25x18 inches and approximately 45 pounds. 
Full disclosure - The box was opened years ago, but the family decided not to deal with assembling it at the time. All interior packing cardboard is present and, it is believed, now repackaged exactly as sent from the manufacturer. Through research and communication with collectors, the round cardboard donut (that is on the ash catcher in the photo) was replaced on the window in the cardboard overtop the crates and underneath the bottom bowl. While stored with the donut in the bowl instead of below it, the cardboard was dented by the leg sockets, but the bowl was not damaged at all. The box was briefly stored in a garage and apparently absorbed some moisture through the bottom panels - the charcoal grate does have some surface rust on one side, as shown in the photo. The box is yellowed (it is 50 year old cardboard) and has two beat-up corners (near and far right corners in exterior photo) and one damaged spot at the fold on the "this end up" top flap. One bottom flap is still held in place by the original staples, but the top staples have been lost along the way. 
This grill was a gift to my grandfather when he retired from Shen-Mar Foods in the early 70's. My grandparents were moving to an apartment where a grill wasn't allowed so he gave it to my parents. They didn't choose to use it but didn't want to get rid of it either, so they stored it in the attic for the next 40+ years. Moving out of the old house brought the grill out of the dark. We've stored it at our family home for most of the last half century, now it can be yours. Grilling wasn't all that special to "Grandaddy" but family sure was. The reunions with his 12 brothers and sisters and their families was the highlight of the year. Proceeds from this sale will help offset food costs when his family gets together for this year's reunion, and we will donate 10% to Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, for whom he volunteered for many years.
Good luck!
PS - Thanks to the fine folks of the Weber Kettle Club, whose website is a wonderland of Weber grilling information. 





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