sâmbătă, 23 aprilie 2016

Frazer Manhattan Convertible Sedan 1951 - World Of Classic Cars -

Frazer Manhattan Convertible Sedan 1951

For what would turn out to be its final year, the Frazer was given a complete restyle not shared with its sister Kaiser, which ultimately made the 1951 Frazer a rare model when new. All Frazers were essentially hand-built at Kaiser-Frazer’s Willow Run facility, which was necessitated by the fitting of either the unusual four-door hardtop roof or the convertible architecture. Interiors were swathed in leather that was befitting of a luxury automobile. Hydraulic power windows and a convertible top were included, and most cars, including this example, were optioned with GM’s Hydra-Matic transmission.
Frazer Manhattan Convertible Sedan 1951

This particular Frazer, serial number 002, is the second example built after the new 1951 Kaiser-Frazer models debuted at the Chicago Auto Show in February 1950. According to a previous owner, the car is believed to have been owned and driven by Henry J. Kaiser during his time in Michigan and to have even followed him to Hawaii in 1955. Though not confirmed, the early production number, as well as the Hawaiian registration sticker, dated 1962, in the lower right corner of the windshield, would coincide with Kaiser’s tenure with the company and his subsequent move to the Islands.
Frazer Manhattan Convertible Sedan 1951

The car was later acquired by an owner in Texas, where it resided until 1989, when it was again sold to a collector in Maryland, who stored the car for some years. The car has never been completely restored, but some paintwork has been done, and the car has only been freshened when needed. The chrome was recently redone as well. The Frazer has always been properly stored, as evidenced by its remarkable condition.
The Continental-derived Supersonic six-cylinder engine is in fine order, mated to GM’s sturdy Hydra-Matic transmission, which was standard equipment on Manhattan models. The black leather interior is luxurious and beautifully preserved. The power top is hydraulically operated, as are the windows. The car is also equipped with a push-button radio, heater, dual windshield post spotlights, directional signals, and backup lights.