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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here is a 1953 Kaiser Traveler DeLuxe Hatchback on Craigslist (of all things…)

Jim Brennan August 31, 2014 For Sale, Weekend Edition 14 Comments

1953 Kaiser Traveler Deluxe 4 door hatchback - Google Chrome 8312014 94619 AM.bmp

Of all the cars that could be listed on Craigslist, this particular car is unexpected. OK, so you go to Craigslist to find beaters, and you find dealers who are primarily Buy-Here Pay-Here types of retailers, or you might find some questionable customized vehicles, but for the most part, they are all unremarkable everyday vehicles that appear within the listings… Not this time, as we take a look at a truly rare vehicle from the early 50’s…


1953 Kaiser Traveler Deluxe 4 door hatchback - Google Chrome 8312014 94624 AM.bmp

This is a very short listing with a few intereating pictures, so I will fill in some details afterwards:

I have a very rare Kaiser Traveler Deluxe for sale. It is turquoise blue and has a red Dragon (lizard skin) interior. It comes with power steering and wire wheel covers. It is an automatic, everything works and it runs and stops good.

1953 Kaiser Traveler Deluxe 4 door hatchback - Google Chrome 8312014 94633 AM.bmp

Kaiser was one of those Independent Auto Manufacturers that thrived just after the end of World War II due to pent-up demand for vehicles, and the established manufacturers could not produce cars and trucks fast enough. After 1950 though, the larger manufacturers introduced new designs that the independents could not match, with put Kaiser among others in a difficult situation. Kaiser tried to persuade the buying public with “designer” interiors, and unique vehicles, to no avail. The Traveler was a stop-gap vehicle that offered most of the utility of a wagon, while keeping the sedan body shell.

1953 Kaiser Traveler Deluxe 4 door hatchback - Google Chrome 8312014 94628 AM.bmp

The vehicle that is on Craigslist is a perfect example of both concepts, with the Hatchback design, and the interesting “Dragon Skin” interior. The Automatic was a GM Hyydramatic, which could be serviced at most GM dealers at the time, but was truly a drag on performance because the Continental engine used produced only 115HP at that time. This car also has the new for 1953 Power Steering. Asking price for this Kaiser is $16,500, which seems to be in line with today’s market. , and tell me what you think…

1953 Kaiser Traveler Deluxe 4 door hatchback - Google Chrome 8312014 94642 AM.bmp

  • The Kaiser story isn't as tragic as some of the other little guys and fallen heroes like Studebaker Packard, American Bantam and others. Kaiser, Kaiser Jeep and Kaiser Frazer were all the work of the great industrialist Henry J. Kaiser, whose shipyards built the Liberty Ships of WW2 and whose other ventures included steel and aluminum mills, Kaiser Permanente health insurance and a philanthropic organization. I think the cars were sort of a fun diversion that just didn't fit into the new, post war business world (or maybe the end-user retail business model just didn't jibe with his more commodity market ventures) so ol' Henry J just pulled the plug. Sad, the cars were all very innovative and could have improved the craft greatly had the company stuck around.

  • Krautwursten

    That split hatchback is one of the most original and ingenious things I've seen on a production car in a while. Shame it never caught on, and shame about Kaiser's commercial demise.

    • JayP2112

      Didn't the gen 5 Honda Civic 3 door have a split hatch? I just googled and came up empty. Maybe I was on acid back then…

      • Rover_1

        Yep. I remember well. I had one until a truck ran over it. Drivers should not work 14 hour days, they get tired and miss things, (or don't in my case. )

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        • JayP2112

          Got tripoded- but I believe ya.

          A pal in college traded in his B body Olds and with some help with his mom bought that little Civic.
          Please see the next Redusernab post.

          Plate of shrimp.

          • dukeisduke

            The link, in case anyone wants to hit it:

            A friend of mine had one of these Civics, at least until someone stole it.

          • Rover_1

            So that's what 'tripoded' means! The image still appeared on my screen until 1 day later.

            Here's another image since it's now too late to edit…

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        • Krautwursten

          Was that an option or something, or limited to some markets? Because I've seen some Civics in my time, but never one with a split hatch.

          • Rover_1

            All fifth gen Civic hatchbacks worldwide.

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            and as I think that they are more commonly seen nowadays…..?

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  • Rover_1

    Renault claim their 1966 European Car Of The Year, R16 as the first middle-class hatchback.

    But this comfortably predates that.

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    • JayP2112

      The Dasher 5 door was more mainstream but the typ44 was precariously close to the mark.

  • JayP2112

    Encyclopedia Hoonatica: cars with Widow's Peaks.

    • Rover_1

      Peugeot's latest version, the RCZ

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  • ConstantReader

    I wonder how many lizards gave their all for that interior…

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