The area known as Delmarva is located along the east coast and includes the state of Delaware along with the eastern shore counties of Maryland and Virginia. The peninsula is bordered by the Chesapeake Bay, Delaware River, Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, and while we are just a few hours from many major cities such as D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia, we are definitely a distinctive place. "Community • Local • Together We Accomplish More"
Saturday, February 20, 2016
A 1951 Kaiser Deluxe Club Coupe - and a little history of the Kaiser Automobiles
Finding this gem at a local car show in Delaware made me curious about the company and it's history. Described as a "1951 Kaiser Deluxe Club Coupe", the color is what caught my eye from across the field where the show was held; sort of a dark copper shade, not exactly orange and lighter than brown...very distinctive.
Here is a brief outline of the Kaiser automobile.
In 1945 California industrialist Henry J. Kaiser partnered with automobile executive Joe Frazer to respond to the American consumer's postwar demand for cars, mounting the last real American challenge to Detroit's Big Three automakers. They produced cars like 1949 Kaiser Vagabond, 1948 Frazer Manhattan, 1953 Kaiser Manhattan two-door sedan, the Dragon sedans, and Henry J compact coupes as well as some modified Henry J race cars. The Kaiser and Frazer Manhattan series were mainstays of the company lineup.
Kaiser and Frazer automobiles were manufactured at Kaiser's Willow Run, Michigan, factory from 1946 to 1955, when declining sales forced the closing of Kaiser's domestic operations. At that time production was moved to Argentina and Brazil, where the company turned out a series of sedans, trucks and Jeeps until the company was sold to a combine of Ford and Renault owners in the late 1960s.