Henry J Tail Fins

Henry J Tail Fins – The Kaiser-Frazer Corporation built the Henry J from 1951 to 1954 during the height of the tailfin craze. This little economy car was named after one of the founders of the Kaiser-Frazer Corporation, Henry J. Kaiser. The Henry J was built on a 100 inch wheelbase and could seat four passengers. Heny J’s were inexpensive cars built to attract less affluent buyers that could only afford used cars.

In 1952 and 1953 The Kaiser-Frazer Corporation began marketing rebadged Henry J’s to Sears. Sold as a Allstate, they were identical to the Henry J except for a redesigned grille, hood ornament, unique hubcaps and interiors. Allstates were equipped with Sears tires and batteries.


1951 Henry J Tail Fins
1951 Henry J Tail Fins


1951 Henry J Tail Fins
1951 Henry J Tail Fins

1951 Heny J’s were produced as a $1363.00 Standard two door sedan and a $1499.00 Deluxe two door sedan. They were equipped with four cylinder and 6 cylinder engines built by Willys. 1951 models had smiple tailfins with inboard tail lights.


1952 Henry J Tail Fins
1952 Henry J Tail Fins

Slightly restyled 1952 Henry J features included finer interiors, a new grille and tail lights mounted on the tailfins. New model selections were the Vagabound, Vagabond Deluxe, Corsair and Corsair Deluxe. Only one Henry J convertible was built. See this rare American automobile above.


1953 Henry J Tail Fins
1953 Henry J Tail Fins

New model selections for 1953 was called the Henry J Corsair and Corsair Deluxe. Dropped was the Vagabond. Only slight restyling occoured on the ’54 Henry J. Production in 1954 totaled about 17,000. ’54 models were still equipped with Willy’s engines.


1954 Henry J Tail Fins
1954 Henry J Tail Fins

1954 Henry J’s were really just 1953 Henry J’s. Only about 1100 were produced in ’54. From 1951 to 1954 only about 30,000 units were produced. Popular in 1951 and 1952 but not so much in 1953 and 1954. The Henry J has always been considered the worng car at the wrong time. By 1954 customers were looking for bigger American automobiles.