A Picture Review of the  Henry J and Allstate
The cars that were 10 years ahead of their time


 

 
 

 

 
These pictures came for a number of sources including web pages of the manufacture,
news groups and my own.
Since most of these pictures came from news groups there may be a chance that your car is 
shown here.

I would like to invite any one that has a favorite Henry J picture or a Web Page
that they would like added to this page to 
E mail me a copy.

John MacDonald

This page was last updated on April 25. 2015


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A Brief History of the Kaiser/Fraser

In 1945 California industrialist Henry J. Kaiser partnered with automobile executive Joe Frazer to respond to the American consumer's postwar demand for cars, mounting the last real American challenge to Detroit's Big Three automakers. 
They produced cars like  1949 Kaiser Vagabond, 1948 Frazer Manhattan, 1953 Kaiser Manhattan two-door sedan, the  Dragon sedans, and Henry J compact coupes as well as some modified Henry J race cars. 
The Kaiser and Frazer Manhattan series were mainstays of the company lineup.
Kaiser and Frazer automobiles were manufactured at Kaiser's Willow Run, Michigan, factory from 1946 to 1955, when declining sales forced the closing of Kaiser's domestic operations.
At that time production was moved to Argentina and Brazil, where the company turned out a series of sedans, trucks and Jeeps until the company was sold to a combine of Ford and Renault owners in the late 1960s.


 
 
A brief history of the Henry J
The Henry J was introduced at a Chicago showing in February 1950 but it was not put on sale until September 1950 as a 1951 model. The price for the car was $1299.
The reason for this price was that the car was built using  government funding from the Reconstruction Finance Corp. Part of the agreement was that the car would sell for $1300
This price as achieved by stripping the car of a lot of features that were considered standard equipment such as a trunk lid and glove box.

Approximately 115,000 Henry Js were produced for the models years 1951, 1954
plus 2,300 Allstates for the 1952, 53 model years.
The Allstate was built by Kaiser Frazer and was nothing more than a thinly disguised Henry J with all Kaiser badging removed and replaced by Sears Allstate tags.
The 1952 Henry J Vagabond, referred to as Early issue in much of the factory literature, was simply those approximately 7000 1951 models that had not been sold at the end of the 1951 model year with a few trim changes. The Henry J could be purchased new with one of two engines, a 68 hp four cylinder and a 80 hp six cylinder.

For a much more complete history of the Henry J please visit 
Lowell's Henry J Page


 
Henry J

 
Eric Eijgelsheim from The Netherlands sent these pictures of his two Henry J Corsair Deluxe's,
a 1953 and a 1954.  The 1954 is one of which only 323 produced and has been in the 
the Netherlands since 2011. The 1953 has also been in the Netherlands since 2011.
Eric submitted these remarks and specs on the 1953 Henry J Corsair Deluxe

The 1953 ( February 2, 1953 is what the registration says, although K524-4 means made in 1952 )
The car has been in the Netherlands January 12, 2011. 
7,972 of this year and model were made. 
It was assembled in Rotterdam, in 1952 / 1953 at the Sluisjesdijk factory
The car has been fully restored. 
The engine is a gasoline 2637 cc (161 cu in) 6 in line cylinder. 
Chassis Number K5244R1206741
Dutch registration number AR 14 11
Two tone beige / red
Weight 1170 kilo's (2597 pounds)
3 Speed manual transmission.
6 volt electrical system
I have owner this car since August 27th, 2013 and the 3rd since Jan 12, 2011 in the Netherlands


 
1953 Henry J K524-4  2 Door Coupé Corsair Deluxe
1953 Henry J K524-4  2 Door Coupé Corsair Deluxe
1953 Henry J K524-4 2 Door Coupé Corsair Deluxe
1953 Henry J K524-4   2 Door Coupé Corsair Deluxe
1953 Henry J K524-4  2 Door Coupé Corsair Deluxe
1953 Henry J K524-4  2 Door Coupé Corsair Deluxe Interior
1953 Henry J K524-4  2 Door Coupé Corsair Deluxe Front floor
1953 Henry J K524-4  2 Door Coupé Corsair Deluxe Engine
1953 Henry J K524-4  2 Door Coupé Corsair Deluxe
1953 Henry J K524-4  2 Door Coupé Corsair Deluxe
1953 Henry J K524-4  2 Door Coupé Corsair Deluxe
1953 Henry J K524-4  2 Door Coupé Corsair Deluxe
1953 Henry J K524-4  2 Door Coupé Corsair Deluxe
 
 

 
Eric submitted these remarks and and specs. on the 1954 Henry J Corsair Deluxe
The 1954 was built in June 30, 1954. There were only 323 of this model and year built.
The car has been in the Netherlands since October 27, 2011. 
It was imported from Knysna, South Africa ( a small village on the West Cape ) on the
Indian Ocean, in 2011.
It was owned by Sedgefield Classic Cars of South Africa since December 14, 2006 and is unrestored.
Chassic Number 54441402
Weight 1180 kilo's (2601 pounds)
The color is Cardinal red ( color 110 )
The engine is a gasoline 2638 cc (161 cu in) 6 in line cylinder. 
The Dutch registration number is AR 31 50
3 Speed manual transmission.
6 volt electrical system
The cost in 1954 USdollar 1,436.97
I am the 3rd Dutch owner and have owed the car since Oct 27, 2011 when it was imported into 
the Netherlands.
Iím the owner since July 16, 2013

 
1954 Henry J Logo
1954 Henry J Corsair Deluxe  Logo
1954 Henry J Corsair Deluxe
1954 Henry J Corsair Deluxe
1954 Henry J Corsair Deluxe
1954 Henry J Corsair Deluxe
1954 Henry J Corsair Deluxe
1954 Henry J Corsair Deluxe
1954 Henry J Corsair Deluxe
1954 Henry J Corsair Deluxe
1954 Henry J Corsair Deluxe
1954 Henry J Corsair Deluxe
1954 Henry J Corsair Deluxe
1954 Henry J Corsair Deluxe
1954 Henry J Corsair Deluxe Front Interior
1954 Henry J Corsair Deluxe Front Interior
1954 Henry J Corsair Deluxe Front Interior
1954 Henry J Corsair Deluxe Front Interior
1954 Henry J Corsair Deluxe Rear Interior
Kaiser-Frazer National Owners Club 1946 to 1955

 
This 1952 Henry J was built by the Kaiser Frazer Corporation. The only other convertible Henry J like it was a prototype car that the factory built to showcase at the auto shows back in the early 1950's. The prototype was then destroyed. This car was  purchased by the seller on eBay from the first owner who saw the prototype 1952 Henry J convertible at an auto show that Kaiser Frazer Corporation attended. At least 30 years ago and he decided to make one based on the detailed pictures of the prototype that he had taken at that auto show.

 
 
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To view another convertible that was built in a similar fashion look at
Eric Godon's convertible which is headlined at the start of this page


The following Henry J convertible pictures were submitted by Ryan Steffey, Naples, Florida and the belongs to his father Robert Steffery who bought the car in 1973. It is a 1955 prototype built for the Detroit auto show but the car was never produced since the Henry J ceased production at the end of 1954. He started the rebuild and now Ryan plans on finishing the project. This car's serial number (Body Number)is  #1 as seen on the name plate shown below.
Ryan knows of only three of these cars being built and this one is the only one remaining.

 
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Another Henry J Convertible request.
The following pictures were submitted by Dan Miner with the following request.
I am requesting a little help deciphering the code plates on this vehicle. I'd like to be able to trace it back to find out who did the after-market convertible conversion because they did an excellent job, along with the paint color, trim, etc. There's absolutely no evidence of the old split windshield.
If you have any information on this please contact me at 
There are more pictures available if required.
I am a new member so I hope it's o.k. to post this info.:
Model:1
Body:4 
Paint:195
Trim:4431
DR:1
TR:4
HR:1
AG:9
SCHED:231
ITEM NO.:805
(there is no body # listed on the cowling plate)
BODY NUMBER PLATE: 5144-29738
SERIAL NUMBER: K-514-029743
   
   

 
This 1951 Alstate is owned by 
He had the following to say about the car. 
"I just got it back together.  I got the car right after high school 1970, raced it at Fontana and Orange County for a few years, then when the strips closed I just let it set behind the garage till now. I finish its rebuild and now I drive it on the street to shows and race it at Fontana street legal drags and some bracket races. It has a 540 Merlin engine with a turbo 400 trans, runs 10.80 et for now."
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1951 Allstaste
1951 Allstaste
   
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1951 Allstaste
1951 Allstaste

 
 
"Taking Nostalgia To The New Millennium"
1951 Henry J Top Sportsman - Driver Dave Granger - 
Co Owners John Wiley and Dave Granger
565 Big Block Chevy  - 12 degree Profiler heads - Dual Quads - Horse Power Motor
Best Et  7.51 at 183MPH September 6, 2008 Earlvlle, IA. Division 5
 
For all the details click on the link below

 
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1951 Henry J
1951 Henry J
This car is owned bt Ed Vensel, Port Orange, Florida 
The pictures were submitted by Eric Gordon and were taken
at the 2008 Spring DAYTONA BEACH car show & swap meet.
 
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1952 Henry J
1952 Henry J
This car is owned by Debra Southgate and her husband Brian. 
The car was rebuilt for her by her husband Brian and her son.
We had the car on the road for 2002. So she was 50 years old 
& revitalized.
They drive the Henry J to the car shows and have been in
shows from coast to coast in Canada & several of the States
in the U.S.A.
 

 
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1951 Henry J
1951 Henry J
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1951 Henry J
1951 Henry J
This Henry J is owned by Linda Kerns, Hagerstown, MD
Linda included the following information about her car.
Name of car:  Lady J     Tag: LOVEMYJ
Third owner:  Linda Kerns, Hagerstown, MD
Purchased in 1992
Complete off-frame restoration in 1993
4 cylinder engine and tranny
Additions/changes from the original car:
Painted "heather" with white pearl and metallic; body seams
filled in extended rear bumper due to addition of continental
(not placed like the 52s nor is it canvas)
Fenderskirts are 59 Ford, altered visor is original HJ but
with 1" removed 2" lowering blocks, with extra spring 
added dual chrome exhaust with glasspack muffler 
windshield (removed center piece)
AMC wheels with "lace" hubcaps and whitewall tires.
Cats eyes headlights, blue dot rear tail lights upgraded 
to 12V, alternator instead of a generator, with an extra horn.
Carpet, headliner replaced; seats and inside panels
reupholstered in gray velour carpeted (black) trunk.
60/40 Buick front seat addition of  glove compartment from
a 1953 HJ addition of radio/tape player/speakers

 
1951 Henry J
1951 Henry J
 
 
1951 Henry J
1951 Henry J
1951 Henry J Delux
1951 Henry J Delux
 
 
1951 Henry J Deluxe
1951 Henry J Deluxe
 
1951 Henry J Deluxe
1951 Henry J
 1951 Henry J
 
 
1951 Henry J DeLuxe
1951 Henry J  DeLuxe Six Coupe
   
1951 Henry-J Deluxe Six Coupe
1951 Henry J 
1951 Henry J
1951 Henry J 
 
1951 Henry J
 1951 Henry J 
 
1951 Henry J
1951 Henry J
1952 Henry J Vagabond
1952 Henry J Vagabond
 
 
1952 Henry J Vagabond
1952 Henry J Vagabond
   
A Henry J finds a new home.
These pictures were submitted by Dave & Freda
and the car belongs to their son Richard. Richard 
plans on selling the car on eBay in the near future.
1952 Henry J Vagabond
 1952 Henry J
1952 Sears Allstate
 
 

1952 Allstate Brochure Cover

1952 Henry J Corsair Deluxe
1952 Allstate Brochure
   
 
1952 Henry J
1952 Henry J Deluxe
1952 Henry J Vegabond
   
1952 Sears Allstate 2 Door Fastback Sedan
{Early Model}
1952 Sears Allstate 2 Door Fastback Sedan
{Early Model}
   
1952 Sears Allstate 2 Door Fastback Sedan
{Late Model}
1952 Henry J
   
1952 Henry J
1952 Henry J
   
1952 Henry J
1952 Henry J
   
1952 Allstate A 230 Coupe
1952 Allstate DeLuxe 2 Door Sedan
 
 
1952 Henry J Vegabond
1952 Henry J Vegabond

This car is owned by Glenn Warner KF. no.8113
Ashtabula Ohio
The picture was taken at Yipslanti  orphan car show 2004.
The car was restored and put back on the road in"99".
It has the orignal 6cyl. with overdrive. 
The Odometer reads 42000 actual. I put about 
1000mi.a year on it.

1952 Allstate Deluxe
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1952 Henry J Vagabond
 
These two cars are owned by Lowell Fideler
Lowell has a very nice web site showing all the 
Henry J's that he and his family has owned since 1950
In Lowell words "There has been at least one 
Henry J in my family since October of 1950."
Click on the image to go to his web site.
 
   
1952 Henry J 
This car is owned by James Rucket of Maple Heights Ohio
1952 Allstate
This picture was submitted by Rod Childs, Stafford County, VA.
The picture was taken at their family home at 2008 Elgin, Nederland, TX in probably early 1953.
   
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 1953 Henry J Corsair Deluxe
 1953 Henry J Corsair Deluxe
This car is owned by Louis Johnson, Pendleton, NC
He had one just like this in 1954 when he was in high school.
It was his first car. He had searched for the past 8 years
until he found this one on eBay on Feb 2009.
This picture was taken at the NC Classic Car Show,
May 29,2009
1953 Allstate
1953 Allstate
 1953 Henry J Corsair
1953 Henry J
   
1953 Allstate
1953 Allstate
1953 Henry J
1953 Henry J
 
 1953 Henry J Corsair
1953 Henry J Corsair
   
1954 Henry J Corsair
1954 Henry J Corsair
1954 Henry J Corsair
1954 Henry J Corsair
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Mr. James McCloud in Doug Eiler's Henry J
Doug Eilers, James McCloud, his son Mark and my wife Joy
Doug was KFOCI Pacific Northwest Regional Manager 
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These pictures were submitted by
Douglas "damsguy" Eilers
 KFOCI Pacific Northwest Regional Manager 
 Click here to view a complete photo album
 Click here to view  the Chico California meet where Jim McCloud was our guest speaker and includes photo's of the book Jim McCloud wrote about IKA 

Click here to view the Cars of IKA Argentina and Mr. James  McCloud's connection to them

Click here to view the Cars of IKa and Mr. James McCloud's connection to them


The following are a series of ads run by Kaiser Fraser 
in the early 1950's
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rows of Henry JA Row of Allstates's & Allstates

 
Jim Reyna submitted the above series of pictures and had the
following to say about them.

"Enclosed are pictures of a 1951 Henry J that I recently bought. The car has been stored for 16 years in a garage.  Three of those years it was outside and exposed  to the weather. The car is oxide and has some surface rust. The windows had ben left down and got the floors rusty. There is some rust holes mostly rust that can be cleaned. The body has no pinholes from rust. It is a six cylinder, no trunk. I started cleaning the chrome and it is in good shape. I am thinking of selling the frame with the rollong chassis transmission and rear end in tact. The body I plan on using for a street rod."

The Henry J, Overseas


 This 1951 Henry J was found in
Colonia City, Republica Oriental del Uruguay in 1998
by Juan Carlos Tuzzolino from Argentina
   
 
 
One of the visitors to this page, Patrick van Griethuysen
from the Netherlands found these two old relics 75 kilometers south of Paris.
It's interesting to see that they were in Europe too.
By the look of those tail fins this one could 
be a 1951 or early 52
 
 
This one looks like a 1953
 

This 1953 Henry J was found in Germany and the pictures were
submitted by Juan Carlos Tuzzolino from España.


   
   
   
   
 

Another 1951 Henry J found in Argentina by Juan Carlos Tuzzolino


   

The following 1951 Henry J was just purchaced by
Adam & Belinda Lee, Queensland, Australia
It was imported to Australia in 2003 from South Africa.
The body number is 5144-36809


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