January 20, 1946 – Frazer and Kaiser make debut

Following WWII many entrepreneurs foresaw the need for new commodities, including houses and automobiles. Successful shipbuilder Henry J. Kaiser was one of those entrepreneurs and pursued multiple ventures. To build automobiles Kaiser partnered with Graham-Paige Motors. Kaiser-Frazer Corporation was founded in August 1945, named after Kaiser and Graham-Paige CEO Joseph Frazer. It was on this day in 1946 that non-running prototypes of the new Frazer and the Kaiser K85 front wheel-drive family car debuted at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. There were numerous problems to bring the front wheel drive vehicle into production and it was decided to use the same body and drivetrain for the initial Frazer and Kaiser vehicles. More than 11,000 were produced by the end of 1946 and in 1948 the 300,000th car rolled off the Willows Run, Michigan assembly line.  1947 Frazer Manhattan (Blue) by John Lloyd CC2.0 Front: https://flic.kr/p/c6GKew Rear: https://flic.kr/p/c6GLYj1949 Kaiser Virginian 2 by Jack Snell CC2.0 https://flic.kr/p/pZgGdu

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