Kaiser-Frazer 1947-1955 Photo Archive

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It was like a marriage made in heaven, the coming together of two great minds to create an all-new car. Henry J Kaiser and Joseph Washington Frazer, strong-willed men of vision, boldly decided to take on America’s Big Three automakers. Hoping to position their Kaiser-Frazer Corporation in the big leagues of auto manufacturers they would launch a radical new car to capture the public’s imagination and produce it in unheard-of quantities. The cars were an immediate hit. Thousands lined up to see and buy the new ...

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Overview

It was like a marriage made in heaven, the coming together of two great minds to create an all-new car. Henry J Kaiser and Joseph Washington Frazer, strong-willed men of vision, boldly decided to take on America’s Big Three automakers. Hoping to position their Kaiser-Frazer Corporation in the big leagues of auto manufacturers they would launch a radical new car to capture the public’s imagination and produce it in unheard-of quantities. The cars were an immediate hit. Thousands lined up to see and buy the new Kaiser and Frazer cars. In time K-F introduced hardtops, sedans, convertibles, an impressive fiberglass sports car and a line of low-priced compact cars. But competition eventually proved overwhelming and Kaiser-Frazer production ended in the US, though Kaiser cars continued to be built in South America into the 1960s. This new book by veteran auto writer Patrick Foster—America’s spokesman for independent brand cars—tells the full story of Kaiser-Frazer’s struggle to succeed in an industry that killed so many competitors. Heartbreaking yet uplifting, it is an allegory of men and automobiles during perhaps the most exciting era the industry has ever known.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583882399
  • Publisher: Enthusiast Books
  • Publication date: 6/15/2009
  • Series: Photo Archive Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

One of America's best-known automotive writers, Pat Foster spent 20 years studying various aspects of automotive industry and at one time almost started his own car company. An authority figure on AMC and its various branches, Pat has written a number of books on that subject and many others including Jeep and Studebaker. His magazine articles appear in about every car magazine out there, and he has won awards for his books and articles from the AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America) and SAH (Society of Automotive Historians), and even helped found the SAH Press.

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