The trend-setting 1951 Kaiser got a newly named top-line series the following year: the 1952-1953 Kaiser Manhattan 4 door sedan with exeptional styling. Kaiser claimed that the 1953 Manhattan was America’s first “safety-first car,” based on the pop-out windshield and heavily padded dash and seat back. A wide chrome band wrapped around the cars' lower bodies included a heavier bumper/grille combination, smooth teardrop taillights, small chrome tailfins rested atop the rear fenders, and the front fenders were decorated with script nameplates. The engine was the "Supersonic Six," the long-running L-head straight-six cylinder that displaced 226.2 cubic inches 118 horsepower. This was unfortunate because the competition was offering high-output eight-cylinder variants that were more powerful and offered more performance.
Kaiser suffered the ultimate fate of all independent American auto manufacturers in the postwar period. While sales were initially strong because of a car-starved public, the company did not have the resources to survive long-term competition with GM, Ford, and Chrysler.
It is interesting that the car was assembled at various locations around the world, such as in the Netherlands under the name Rotterdam, by Nekaf (Nederlandse Kaiser-Frazer Fabrieken), in Argentina under the name Carabela by Industrias Kaiser Argentina S.A., or in Haifa, Israel.
Brooklin produces several color variants of this interesting model. This model is a limited (500 pcs) edition finished in black and was issued for Modelcars in Rotterdam. The model faithfully reproduces the characteristic design including very unique heart shaped windshield, a wide chrome band around the car and beautiful chrome tailfins. Interier is in Light Blue. Model is a tough, well-treated, as is Brooklin.
|Year of Production:||1995|
|Part Number:||BRK 29X|