BLACK TIE CLASSICS
Stratford, NJ 08084
Now here is a cat that I have chased for about ten years and finely landed it.
Rare !951 Kaiser Deluxe Sedan.......
Low miles 51,831..........
Henry J Kaiser was an American industrialist who built Victory Ships in WWII, started a famous health plan and used his fortunes to transform the remnants of the Graham-Paige car company into Kaiser-Frazer.
After building some safe but unattractive cars for a few years, the company hired Howard Dutch Darrin to help add some spice to their 1951 models. Two years later in 1953, the same year Kaiser acquired Willys and the Jeep brand, the Kaiser Manhattan had some of the most distinctive styling elements from the early part of the decade. You may remember Dutch as the guy who chopped Packard convertibles for Hollywood stars.
You can see the "Darrin Dip" like he used on the Packards, in the fender right behind the doors of the Manhattan. It is echoed in the chrome trim below the side windows. Both rear window and windscreen feature a Widows Peak. The car also had padded dash, a safety feature that adds a nice styling note.
Only the Studebaker Starlight Coupe had a more sleek silhouette in 1953. Everybody else was still building pretty tubby cars.