ANYWAYS i reached a really small compared to my other mutuals’ follower goal today and i wanted to share my thanks? so i’m gonna thank all of my mutuals (under the cut) as a way to do that (i guess?) !!! thank you so, so much for 150+ followers !!!
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Alright, I have to talk about the gem of car finds. This is a really rare machine, a Kaiser Henry J. This is one of the most forgotten 1950′s automobiles from one of the most forgotten auto companies, Kaiser-Frazer.
Kaiser-Frazer was two big names in American industrial power coming together. Kaiser was Henry J Kaiser, American ship building giant and icon of World War II. The other was Joseph W. Frazer, a high ranking member of the boards of Chrysler, Willys-Overland and later Graham-Paige. Frazer’s fame included the creation of Plymouth as Chrysler’s low cost offering, developed the Willys Jeep and Americar. Graham-Paige wasn’t in good standing however, running off of modified Cord cars and desperate for new material.
Kaiser and Frazer decided to buy the company, as Frazer had become the President following his leave of Willys. They began working on newer cars such as the Kaiser Deluxe, Frazer Manhattan and the very famous Kaiser Darrin fiberglass sports car. But the issue was that all of these cars were very high end vehicles, and not much was around for the average joe. So they began working on an everyman car, making a Kaiser as cheap as possible.
And I mean cheap too. There was no trunk latch so you could only get to the trunk from the back seat, it only came as a 2 door sedan and the rear windows were fixed and there were no armrests, glove compartments, flow-through ventilation or sunvisors. And the only engine options were eithe a 68 hp 4-cylinder engine or a 80 6-cylinder borrowed straight from the Willys CJ. And it hit the market in 1950 and was a failure.
Now Kaiser-Frazer marketed the hell out of the car, tooting the “low MPG” horn more than modern manufacturers do. Now this was due to the Korean War starting up and fears of WWII gas rationing were beginning to set in, at least until the War Production Board ended it and gas came to a nice 27 cents a gallon. If that wasn’t enough, the new Chevrolet lineup for 1953 meant the super cheap 150 costed a few dollars more than the Henry J, and Nash’s new Rambler line included a similarly priced cheap offering, making the Henry J a moot point.
And the Henry J became a dead weight for Kaiser, making up only 1.5% of the market in 1950 and slowly decreasing until it reached a paltry .02% in it’s final model year 1954. The production line for the Henry J transitioned to the much more efficient cheaper car, the Willys Aero line. By 1953, Kaiser-Frazer had bought the failing Willys company and merged into Kaiser-Willys. By 1956, they dropped passenger car production to focus on utility vehicles like the Jeep and did this until 1970 when they were bought by AMC.
But there’s a somewhat famous twist with the Henry J, it wasn’t just sold by Kaiser.
It was sold by Sears.
Yes, Kaiser actually sold many Henry J’s to Sears-Roebuck for sale. With sales of the base car slipping, Kaiser worked out a deal with Sears to sell a special version of the Henry J as the Sears Allstate. Named after Sears in-house car parts marque, the Allstate was a Henry J with new hood ornament, grille, interior trim and Allstate tires and battery. This was the first time Sears actually sold a car, and at a low price. However this didn’t work out either, and the Sears Allstate was dropped in 1954 as well.
But the little Henry J is a really interesting car just in how rare they are. Only 2,500 Allstates were sold, alongside 131, 702 Henry J’s. This might seem like a large number, until I bring up that in 1953 alone, Chevrolet made 1,346,475 cars, and that’s only one year. Henry J’s are pretty reliable, although the engine’s are woefully inadequate for the car. But there’s still something interesting to the plucky little Henry J, it just looks cool.