1954 Kaiser Kaiser-Darrin for sale 101168536
1954 Kaiser Kaiser-Darrin
$139,900
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1954 Kaiser Kaiser-Darrin

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Classic Car Overview

Only two documented owners from new, with the last maintaining possession since 1957! Having been cosmetically restored in 2005, this 61,000-mile gem has received all the right attention mechanically by Bob Dunn of Custom Auto in 2008 to be an outstanding road car! This represents #105/435 produced! Superb blue-chip investment from the design legend, Dutch Darrin! As the European sports car market invaded the United States after WWII, American auto manufacturers took notice. Very few, if any, produced a 2-seater oriented sports car. By the early 1950s, Jaguar, Austin Healey, Triumph, MG and other small English sports cars were finding garages in the United States, not to mention Alfa Romeo, Porsche, etc. Pushing an effort to supply a unique 2-seater for the Kaiser brand was designer Howard ""Dutch"" Darrin, a renowned automotive stylist for Packard and Duesenberg. Although, the longtime sedan oriented Henry J. Kaiser was a tough sell on pushing such an automobile, his selection of traditional family style automobiles was a major focus to save his namesake in an ever-growing market where larger firms were eating up their competition. Darrin was able to push his stunning Roadster with disappearing doors that slid into the front fenders forward to production, some say with the prodding of Mrs. Kaiser after seeing the design, so it would appear at the 1953 New York auto show with many admirers. Kaiser Motors was struggling as whole to stay alive, so only 435 Roadsters would be produced, and today represent the last of Dutch Darrin automotive legacy. Offered here is a 1954 Kaiser Darrin 161 Roadster finished in factory code correct Pint Tint Green over Pint Tint Pincrush Vinyl upholstery with matching Vinyl Convertible Top. Powered by its original Continental 161ci Hurricane F-Head Inline 6 Cylinder Engine with factory Carter YF carburetion producing an approximate 90 horsepower, and 3-speed overdrive manual transmission. Features include wire spoke wheels, BF Goodrich Silvertown 6.50-15 wide whitewall tires, full dash instrumentation, wide turn signals, Plexiglas windscreens, engine oil filtration system, heat/defrost, tinted windscreen, front & rear bumper guards, fitted side curtains, and more! This example was sold new from Lettiers Garage, a Kaiser/Willys Dealership based in Hazleton, PA to a Pottsville, PA owner. After 4 years of ownership, an ad was placed in the local paper that attracted a new owner, Mr. Dixon. With only 7,000 miles on the odometer, he drove his new car home to show the family in 1957! It would never trade hands again until acquired by the St. Louis Car Museum! The Dixon family enjoyed using this Kaiser Darrin regularly through approximately 1967 before it would get parked in the garage. It would be in 1984, when the owners son, John Dixon, would convince his dad to bring their special Darrin to their Fort Lauderdale residence to restore and enjoy once again. John would fly to their Pennsylvania home, c

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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
    58417892
  • Classic Car ID
    101168536
  • Stock Number
    58417892
  • Category
    American Classics
  • Body Style
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  • New/Used
    Used
  • Mileage
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  • Engine
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  • Drivetrain
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  • Transmission
    N/A
  • Exterior Color
    Pine Tint
  • Custom Color
    N/A

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