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.

I love the advertising for these cars!
Isn't the design unusual and stylish?
Just look at how it transforms - which for the day, I'd imagine was somewhat futuristic.

Lots of advertising images, showing how this vehicle converts for different usage.
Love the look of this front view.
Hope you enjoyed seeing what the Kaiser automobile was like.

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