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Early Kaiser | by John H Bowman
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Early Kaiser

This Kaiser sedan, found just off US 219 near its junction with US 50 in Maryland several years ago (map placement is approximate), is from one of the first two years of the make, 1947 or 1948. (See comments below concerning distinguishing between the two years.) Nearly 60 years old when the photo was taken, the Kaiser looks quite complete and solid. The sticker in the lower corner of the windshield says G 85 -- maybe a 1985 local license for Garrett County? (I'm grasping at straws for a clue to when this car was last on the road.)

 

I'm posting this now mostly in honor of the opening of a Kaiser-Frazer Club photostream; however, it also follows nicely the '39 Delahaye and '56 Mercury in the preceding two photos, where there is some discussion of changes in car design. This was one of the very first US production cars to integrate the front and rear fenders (or quarter-panels) into the body of the car, providing smooth (or slab-sided) sides with no add-on fenders or fender bulges; another result is that the passenger compartment, now stretching the full width of the car, was wider than before.

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Taken on August 4, 2005