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A Kaiser-Frazer Dealership Pickup Truck

Our good friend Dan Strohl, posted this photo on the Hemmings Motor News Blog and had this to say about this unique Kasier-Frazer pickup up truck: The photos came to Hemmings courtesy John Conde, then AMC’s assistant director of public relations and one of the few Detroit insiders with a deep sense of automotive history.

Conde wrote that David J. Chavis was a Kaiser-Frazer dealer in South Gate, California, who had the pickup built for him by Voltaire Motors in San Diego in 1948 out of a wrecked Kaiser. As Conde elaborated, Voltaire was identified by Henry J. Kaiser in a memo dated November 22, 1948, as “an extinct Kaiser-Frazer dealer,” so it didn’t take long for somebody at Voltaire to get on Kaiser’s bad side. Follow the link above to see more photos of this Kasier that Dan has posted at HMN.

3 responses to “A Kaiser-Frazer Dealership Pickup Truck

  1. Chavis Motors actually had two locations for a while. The 9237 Long Beach Blvd., South Gate location, where David Chavis worked, was actually a branch office for the dealership. The main Chavis Motors location was at 1201 E. Compton Blvd, Compton, CA which Ernest (Ernie) V. Chavis managed. It is hard to determine how long both locations were in place, but the branch location was in place by 1949, and there is no mention of the branch location in 1951. I do not know if David and Ernie were related, but it seems very likely.

    Ernie was at the 1201 E. Compton location as early as 1946. By 1952 he had moved the Kaiser-Frazer franchise to 1235 American Avenue, Long Beach, CA, and the name was changed to Long Beach Kaiser-Frazer Company.

    Around the same time it appears that David took over Chavis Motors, but he moved it to 220 S. Long Beach Boulevard, Compton, CA. Chavis Motors also became a Hudson Dealer at about this same time. It stayed open until at least August 1955, but ads for the business stopped appearing before the end of that month.

    In addition to the missing original bumper on the front of the pickup, there is a missing trim piece above the grille pieces on each front fender.

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