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Published on Mar 20, 2011
Right after World War II, automakers experimented with smaller cars, to judge their acceptability to American motorists. The Rambler was successful, but the Crosley and King Midget not so much. Then along came Henry J. Kaiser...aluminum magnate, ship builder, dam builder. He formed the Kaiser Frazer Corporation headquartered in Willow Run, Michigan. The 1947 Kaisers and Frazers were well received, partially because the American population was car-starved during the war. Henry forged ahead with the small Henry J, built from 1951 to 1954, also sold by Sears as the "Allstate". If he had allowed it to be built in the image of the 1951 Darrin styled Kaiser, it might have been successful..however, it was too basic to receive widespread acceptance. I do believe Henry fancied himself as another Henry Ford, bringing basic transportation to the masses. The Henry J would not be the vehicle to do that. Frazer's last year was 1951..the full sized Kaiser ended production here in 1955. Big weak point...no V8!