A world's first feature on this car, which took as much time as it takes a person to open his or her car door and fasten their seat belts, was way ahead of its time.
It was the 1949 Kaiser Traveler hatchback, which could be converted from a six-passenger sedan to a cargo carrier in 10 seconds. A year later, a Kaiser Traveler and its deluxe version three-door Vagabond was produced.
In 1951, Frazer, which was an upscaled version of Kaiser, also introduced its three-door Vagabonds. This would be the final year for Frazer. The '51 Frazers were redesigned '49 and '50 Kaisers with new style fenders and hood.
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The Travelers and Vagabonds featured a rear seat that could be used in the regular manner or folded flat like a station wagon. On the back of the vehicle, there was a tailgate that folded down and the other hatch could be raised to give floor to ceiling interior access.
Tom Erickson, Lake Hubert, the owner of a 1951 Frazer Vagabond, wrote in a note that he thinks his has another rare feature. The rear door on the driver's side opens.
"Most were welded shut," he said. "I only have heard of one other one with the opening door."
This vehicle also was last week's Guess the Vehicle.
Several readers correctly guessed his Vagabond, but none recognized his car's rare feature.
Correctly guessing were Kenneth Ness, Ted Toensing and Steve Anderson.
In a first, Ness e-mailed a photo of a restored '51 Frazer Vagabond for his guess.
Anderson wrote in an e-mail that he knew this vehicle was a Frazer by its fender points, the sculpted side trim and front fenders. He said that a Vagabond weighed 3,556 pounds and cost $2,399 new.
This 1951 Frazer Vagabond was last week's Guess the Vehicle.
Anderson said Vagabonds were powered by 226.2 cubic inch flat-head six cylinder engines.
"Although 50,000 orders for the 1951 Frazer were received, only 10,214 were eventually sold and the production was halted when they ran out of the leftover Kaiser bodies," he said. "There were around 3,000 of the Vagabonds built and sold before the doors were locked."
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This week's trivia question is "What does 225 in the Buick Electra stand for?"
Toensing e-mailed me this question.
Last week's trivia question "What is a belt line?" produced a few correct guesses.
The answer is the break between the upper structure and body.
Getting this right were Erickson, Toensing, Mark Kargel, Rosemary Petrich and Harry Austin.
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