Grandfather To The SUV?

Posted on Wednesday 14 November 2007

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We went to a threshing bee in Granite, Iowa, a while back, and saw lots of great old iron. One of the stars of the show for me was this 1949 Kaiser-Fraser sedan.

From the front, it looks a lot like most other cars (and trucks) from the ’40’s, but stroll around to the back…

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… and you see that the engineers were maybe a little ahead of their time. The back end opens up to allow it to be used like a pickup. How about that!

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But the pièce de résistance had to be the buffalo hood ornament. That thing is awesome. I’ll bet it weighs more than the entire hood on modern cars.

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The owner had a blown up copy of a Popular Science article on a stand next to the car.

edit: Talk about coincidences; I snapped these photos last year, and started working on this post a week or two ago. Today, Jalopnik puts up photos of a car with a tailgate that is so like the Kaiser; the Faurecia. And one of the other commenters mentioned the same thing.

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