Kaiser-Frazer Tail Fins

Kaiser-Frazer Tail Fins – The Kaiser-Frazer Corporation was founded on July 25, 1945 by Henry J. Kaiser and Joseph W. Frazer. Production of the Kaiser automobile and the Frazer automobile began in 1947 and were very popular in the late 40s. At first they were two separate makes that shared a common body up to 1950. The 1947 Kaiser’s and Frazer’s were some of the first newly designed cars after World War II.

Henry Kaiser and Joseph Frazer had repeated disagreements over production. Joseph Frazer left the company in 1951 and the Frazer automobile was not produced in 1952. In 1953 Henry J. Kaiser bought the Willys-Overland company and formed the Kaiser-Willys Corporation. By the end of 1955 production of the Kaiser automobile stoped.


1951 Frazer Tail Fins
1951 Frazer Tail Fins

The first tailfins apeared on the 1951 Frazers. This $3075.00 1951 Frazer Manhattan convertible with its stange tailfins was the last four-door American convertible. Other last Frazer automobiles for 1951 included the $2359.00 Standard four door sedan and the $3075.00 Manhattan hardtop sedan. Only about 10,000 Frazer automobiles were produced in 1951.


1951 Kaiser Tail Fins
1951 Kaiser Tail Fins

The first tailfins apeared on the 1951 Kaiser automobiles and they offered a wide range of sleeker paint, trim and interiors. The 1951 Kaiser looked unliked others automobiles produced by the big 3. Tailfins were very different than the 1951 Frazer’s.


1952 Kaiser Tail Fins
1952 Kaiser Tail Fins

1952 Kaiser automobiles arrived with fat, round, or bulging rear bumpers and tailfins. Up fornt the grille and front bumpers were heavier looking. Over all the 1952 Kaiser was a nice looking car but did retain that funny looking roof line.


1953 Kaiser Tail Fins
1953 Kaiser Tail Fins

The above 1953 Kaiser had a color keyed exterior with padded vinyl tops. Tailfins were restyled only slightly. This top of the line 1951 Kaiser Dragon four door sedan was equipped with gold plated hood ornament and badges.


1954 Kaiser Tail Fins
1954 Kaiser Tail Fins

The 1951 Kaiser looked a little like the Buick XP-300 concept car. Features included a wide concave grille, dummy hood scoop and “Safety-Glo” tail lights. The most unusual feature for ’54 was the tailfins with a lighted strip on top of the rear fenders.


1955 Kaiser Tail Fins
1955 Kaiser Tail Fins

This Kaiser Manhattan four door sedan and a Manhattan two door sedan were the only Kaiser’s produced in 1955. The tailfins were very much like the ’54 Kaiser’s. 1955 Kaiser’s are very rare cars with a total production of only 270 units. In fact this was the very last year of Kaiser production.