• Sep 9th 2007 at 9:32AM
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While Ford was first to market with the pickup-cum-car Ranchero, and El Camino has attained universal descriptor status, like Kleenex, it looks like Kaiser presaged the idea in 1954 with this one-off. Kaiser was one of many smaller independents that had yet to die off in the early 1950s. The independents were often more creative than the big three, pushing innovation with limited resources. This extra-special Special-based vehicle is sporting "Barris Kustom" badges on the B-Pillars, glossy light yellow paint on the flanks, and a iron-irrific Continental L-head 6 underhood. You may not be torching the wide whites off the Kelsey Hayes wires with the 118 horsepower, but it's definitely adequate, even on today's roads. Current bids stand at $7,300 for what looks like a driveable classic. It'd be an interesting vehicle to poke around at and uncover the provenance, and the story would be way more entertaining than "It came down the line in Arlington one day."

Thanks for the tip, Mike!

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      • 8 Years Ago
      interesting classic.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ever since the new Holden Ute was unveiled it seems inter
      est in these types of cars has risen all over enthusiast sites.

      Sell the new Ute here GM!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Kaiser also offered the first domestic market "hatchback' sedan in their Traveler model. They couldn't afford a major body pressing for a station wagon, so they made the trunk lid so it folded DOWN, instead of up, and the sructure that surrounded the rear window, and the rear window, folded UP.

      Kaiser offered several interior/vinyl top "treatments" only one of which was called Dragon. I'm not sure from the pics if this is a "true" Dragon equipped car. Still, nice looking...vehicle.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Harold, don't forget the Whicker Seat upholstery! I ordered a new Kaiser in 1953 but the production was stopped because the electrical then the fuel suppliers refused to sell any more units to Kaiser!
        It was DELCO-REMY, AUTOLITE, ROCHESTER, CARTER, BENDIX and others owned or controled by the BIG THREE that did Kaiser in! He had a lot of money but not enough to fight them! He did star making his own Generators and starters and Carbs and Fuel pumps but he finally threw in the towel in 1955 I think it was!
      • 8 Years Ago
      better send this to jalopnik
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is a pretty fancy Kaiser. The interior decor is called "Dragon", I believe. Flat head six with two speed automatic didn't make this a screamer. The restoration on this car is fantastic. Now Autoblog, how about a Hudson truck of the same vintage?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Damn, that's what I thought upon seeing this as well! Those Jalops and their Caminos...