Last week's guess the vehicle was an easy one for one Lake Hubert resident.
The owner of seven Kaisers and two Frazers as of 2000, Tom Erickson knew the vehicle was a 1949 or 1950 Kaiser Special. He was among three correct guessers.
This was last week's guess the vehicle, a 1949 or 1950 Kaiser Special. Tom Erickson, Lake Hubert, found it very easy to guess this vehicle considering he owns several Kaisers. Brainerd Dispatch/Carl Specht
"Now if I can find out where the car is I will run out and try to buy it," he said.
Erickson, who owned 12 Kaiser-Frazers at one time, said that these two years were identical because Kaiser made more of the 1949 vehicles then they could sell. He said the only change was that the serial number tags inside the door were updated.
There were 31,420 1949 and 1950 Specials made and a hood ornament was optional, Erickson noted.
He also had an interesting story. He said when he was 10 years old, he crawled under a Kaiser parked at a local grocery store. When the owner saw this, Erickson said the man asked him what he was doing. Erickson said he told him that he was impressed with Kaisers.
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Erickson said the found out later that the man, Rev. B. Leonard Wallberg who passed away May 25, was a district manager for the Kaiser-Frazer auto company.
Harry Austin, a civilian employee at a military base in Kosovo, wrote that a new body was due in 1951 for the Kaisers which created a dilemma for the company.
Austin also wrote that the Frazers were like the Kaisers except for different grilles.
Steve Anderson, Merrifield, wrote that the Specials weighed 3,341 pounds and cost $2,195 new.
The Specials were powered by a six-cylinder flat head 226 cubic inch engine which produced 100 horsepower, he noted.
He added that there also was Vagabond Utility sedan made which had a flip-up rear window and a flip-down tail gate instead of the traditional trunk lid.
He also wrote that the redesigned 1951 Kaiser was introduced in September, 1950. Kaiser was in production from 1947-1955 with the last year's production at 1,280 cars.
Rosemary Petrich, Staples, also guessed that the vehicle was a 1950 Kaiser.
Other guesses included a late 1949 Plymouth four-door special.
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