• August 17, 2015

1948 Kaiser

1948 Kaiser

1948 Kaiser Automobile Driving Museum

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Body Style: Custom Model K 101
Factory Price: $2,456
Production: 5,412 Model K, total production 70,474
Weight: 3,295 lbs
Engine: 6 cylinder
Horse Power: 112
Cubic Inches: 226.2
Wheel Base: 123.5 in
Transmission: 3 speed on column
Brakes: 4 wheel hydraulic


[column grid=”2″ span=”1″] The Kaiser was much like, but less than, the Frazer both being styled by “Dutch” Darrin. Kaiser’s grille was smaller and furnishings more basic thus less expensive. The fancier Kaiser Custom was added in the model year. Kaiser again updated its Custom model with optional dual intake, exhaust manifolds, and more horsepower. Kaiser had no automatic transmission through 1950. A standard three speed manual was available with overdrive being an $80 option.

Plans called for building two Kaisers to every one Frazer. Both lines were basically unchanged for 1948. Years 1947 and 1948 were outstanding years for K-F and they became known as the “postwar wonder company” making $30 million in profits and putting them in ninth place in Detroit and the highest among the independents.