1951 Kaiser Deluxe Series K512 news, pictures, and information
Chassis Num: K512006478
|Sold for $2,200 at 2007 RM Auctions.|
Though the two men had a good relationship, they differed on their beliefs for the type of automobile they should produce. Kaiser wanted an economical car fitted with revolutionary advancements such as front-wheel drive. Frazer preferred a more conventional luxury machine. The front-wheel drive system proved to be a failure and in the end, Kaisers cars were more like a plain Frazer. Both Frazer's and Kaiser's sold well in the post war era.
By the 1950s, consumers tastes were becoming more refined as their options became more vast. Kaiser needed something new to stimulate interest in his vehicles. Howard 'Dutch' Darrin was commissioned to draw up a modern Kaiser; he had been responsible for the original designs of the Kaisers. The result of the modern styling was the streamlined models introduced in 1951.
The vehicles introduced in 1951, the Kaiser Special Series K511 and the Kaiser Deluxe Series K512, would remain virtually unchanged through the end of the marque production in 1955. The new design allowed for more glass areas which improved safety and driving enjoyment. Both the K511 and K512 had similar styling, but the K512 was fitted with addition trim features and richer appointments as standard equipment. The two model lines were distinguished by a strip of chrome that ran around the bottom of the body.
The K512 came in a variety of bodystyles including the two- and four-door sedan, two- and four-door Traveler Utility sedan, and two-door club coupe. The most popular was the four-door sedan which sold for around $2330 and saw total production reach 56,723 units. The next closed model was the two-door sedan which had only 8,888 units produced. The most exclusive was the two-door Traveler Utility Sedan of which there were 367 units created.
Both the K512 and K511 were powered by a six-cylinder L-head engine that displaced 226.2 cubic-inches and produced 115 horsepower. Both had a wheelbase of 118.5 inches; the Special had a length of 208.5 inches while the Deluxe was slightly larger at 210.3 inches.
This particular example is in rather poor shape. It was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars sale at Hershey, PA presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $3,000 - $6,000 and offered without reserve. The lot was sold for $2,200 including buyer's premium.
There are a number of accessories on this vehicle including a Borg Warner overdrive, a Kaiser sun visor, AM radio, directional signals, and a 'necker's Knob' on the steering wheel. The odometer reads 96,293 miles and it was last inspected in Pennsylvania in 1965.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007
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