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Kaiser Carabela hearses (thanks Steve!)

October 2nd, 2017 by admin

In the early fifties, the Argentine government sought out an American auto manufacturer to build and operate a plant in their country.

Kaiser Frazer responded to the incentives and built a plant there which saw it’s first car roll of the line in July of ‘58. They made Kaiser Manhattans, but renamed them “Carabelas”.

In anticipation of the unimproved roads upon which they would be driven, they came with beefier suspensions, sturdy leather upholstery and only came with manual transmissions.

They were only in production for four years, although they simultaneously manufactured Jeeps which continued to made there until ‘78.

Here is the original: 
Kaiser Carabela hearses (thanks Steve!)

the mid 50s, the last time there were plenty of American made options to the big 3. Here are 9 from 1954, that weren’t found at a GM, Ford, or Mopar dealership

May 18th, 2017 by admin

1954 Kaiser Manhatten

1954 Willys Aero Ace Deluxe

1954 Packard Cavalier

1954 Hudson Hornet

1954 Nash Statesman

1954 De Soto

Kaiser Frazer lots of guarantees, but they weren’t in business much longer

April 17th, 2016 by admin

Kaiser-Frazer was the only new US automaker to achieve success after World War II, if only for a few years.

Founded in 1945, Dissolved in 1952

Henry Kaiser had no automotive marketing experience; Joseph Frazer did, having been president of the Graham-Paige Corporation prior to WWII. Kaiser believed in pressing forward in the face of adversity, while Frazer was more pragmatic. As the market for Kaiser-Frazer products slowed in 1949 with the introduction of new designs from the Big Three, Kaiser pushed for more production, creating an oversupply of cars that took until mid-1950 to sell. Kaiser and Frazer disagreed until Frazer left the company in 1951, and the Frazer nameplate was dropped after a 10,000 unit production run.

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Kaiser Frazer lots of guarantees, but they weren’t in business much longer

Here’s a treat… design art studies for Kaisers that never were produced. by Frank Hershey and Rhys Miller

February 2nd, 2015 by admin

The Merced, the Fairmont, the Piedmont, the Golden Gate, the Haleakala, the Menehune, the Paneole,

the Kaiser Aluminum creation inspired by Rhys Miller’s Waimea, built by Henry Larson from a Corvair Greenbriar, with center steering

December 28th, 2014 by admin

It was designed and engineered by Blake Larson whose life long desire to produce a practical concept car resulted in this unique design, in which he was also hands on in the construction.

His concept was to give the driver as much vision as possible and he therefore put the driver seat in the middle with center steering and two full car width seats behind the driver and a fully glassed enclosed area front and back

The only truly out-of-the-box design in the Kaiser Aluminum designs by Miller was the Waimea, which is credited to a designer named Rhys Miller.

It’s not called a “van,” but it’s fair to describe the Waimea as a minivan cut down to station wagon height.

Kaiser’s passenger cars died in 1955, but Kaiser had merged with Willys Overland in 1953, and Willys (Kaiser Jeep, after 1963) continued to build Jeep vehicles until 1970, when Edgar Kaiser sold out to AMC.

Kaiser is famous for never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity. The Kaisers (Henry and Edgar) were egotistical twits who refused to listen to automotove people. They received advice on the power plants, as better choices were available, but suggestions to improve both the 4 and 6’s were never allowed. Few people know some 54 Kaisers were made with Oldsmobile V-8s and were stunning performers. When Ed Kaiser found out he had a tantrum and ordered all those cars destroyed.

Want a cheap Kaiser Frazer project, and in Oregon? You’re in luck

August 4th, 2012 by admin

From the KFOCI newsletter:
While in a recycle/wrecking yard I

Cool vehicles at the Automobile Driving museum, in El Segundo, on the west coast, just south of LAX

May 15th, 2012 by admin

Merry Christmas from a car guy. I hope you’ll give, and get great gifts, if anyone needs car guy gift ideas, let me know

December 25th, 2011 by admin

10 commandments for car collectors

May 4th, 2011 by admin

1. Thou shalt not store cars out-of-doors except for thy wife’s modern iron.
2. Thou shalt not covet they neighbor’s car, nor his garage, nor his battery charger.
3. Thou shalt not love thy cars more than thy wife and children; as much, but not more.
4. Thou shalt not read thy Hemmings on company time, lest thy employer make it impossible to continue thy car payments.
5. Thou shalt not despise thy neighbor’s Edsel, nor DeSoto, nor even his 1947 Plymouth.
6. Thou shalt not allow thy daughters nor thy sons to get married during the Holy days of Hershey.
7. Thou shalt not deceive thy wife into thinking that thee is taking her for a romantic Sunday drive when, indeed, thou art going out to look at another car.
8. Thou shalt not tell thy spouse the entire cost of thy latest restoration, at least not all at the same time.
9. Thou shalt not promise thy wife a new addition to the house and then use it to store cars.
10. Thou shalt not buy thy wife a floor jack for Christmas.

From the Kaiser Frazer Owners Club International monthly newsletter May 2011

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10 commandments for car collectors