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RealRides of WNY - 1953 Kaiser

May 8, 2022

RealRides of WNY - 1953 Kaiser

This 1953 Kaiser is wearing a Kaiser Dragon front fender badge, in the proper gold-colored hue, but I’m not sure it’s a Dragon. I could be wrong, but everything I’ve read about the Dragon says they all came standard with a vinyl-type covered roof, and this one seems to have a factory Stardust Ivory over Jade Green two-tone, with no evidence that it was ever anything different. It does though, have the proper gold rear trunk emblem, but not the full wheel covers or back-up lights which were standard on the Dragon. The Dragon name came from the pattern of the original 1951 model’s roof material as well as the interior seat and door coverings which, according to one writer, Kaiser called dragon instead of alligator so as to not tick-off any animal rights groups. For 1953 the Dragon switched to materials which looked more like Bamboo inside and out. The last North American Kaisers were the very similar 1955 models, but afterwards the dies were shipped south and the car remained in production in Argentina as the Kaiser Carabela until the early 1960s (below; “un paso más” = “one more step”). Today’s RealRide was seen a week or so ago in a Colden driveway.


Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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