|When we read that the Kaiser Frazer
Midwest Fall Meet was to be held at Maumee, Ohio, in November of 2001,
there was no question in our minds as to which vehicle we would take. It
would be the 1955 Kaiser Manhattan since Toledo was her birthplace.
In 1955 1,021 cars were made up of odds and ends left
over at the Toledo factory. Exactly 1,006 were shipped to
Argentina. Our Kaiser is Model 51363N, Serial Number 11021.
It is one of the fifteen cars which was not shipped.
We had heard that the nation's longest-running auto factory which housed the Willys-Overland Company, the Kaiser-Frazer Corporation, the Kaiser-Jeep Corporation, American Motors, the Chrysler Corporation, and then DaimlerChrysler would be demolished in 2002.
Chuck had a plan. After the Kaiser Frazer meet, we would trailer "021" past her birthplace for a last good-bye. As the plant was closed, we could only park this "significant" automobile in front of the gate for her farewell photos!
To read more about the demolition of
the plant, go to this site: