1953 Kaiser Dragon

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  • Asking Price: $39,900
  • Stock Number: 170614
  • Make: Kaiser
  • Model: Dragon
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Miles: 83,120
  • VIN: 001849
  • Title: Clear

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1953 Kaiser Vinyl Dragon

  • The name, Dragon, came from the vinyl upholstery claimed to resemble dragon skin
  • Produced by the American Kaiser Motors Corporation automotive company
  • Excellent correct example that has spent most of its life in the dry American southwest
  • From the Robert Pond collection who personally purchased the car from Barrett Jackson in 1999
  • Included with original Kaiser owners manual, original Kaiser quick guide, service policy and Hydra-Matic guide 
  • Only 1,277 Dragon’s produced in 1953 and very expensive at the time
  • Finished in factory correct Stardust Ivory (#097) and still retains it’s rare “Dragon Skin” vinyl top
  • Correct black and beige dragon vinyl interior and Laguna Cloth (trim# 5308)
  • All Dragons produced after February of 1953 received the attractive wire wheels and white wall tires 
  • Unity front driving lights with Unity dash knob, Unity reverse lights and Unity spot light with side mirror
  • 14-carat gold plated hood and fender nameplates
  • Upscale Kaiser, with many high-end standard features, such as an electric clock, a radio, a heater, auto transmission and power steering
  • Working factory AM radio with front and rear speakers with functional factory speaker control on the dash
  • Was called “The world’s first safety car” with items like a full padded dash, a pop out windshield, recessed instruments, and a “safety angle seat”
  • 226.2 CID Supersonic, 2-bbl., L-head 118 hp
  • Dual range Hydra-Matic transmission

 

We are very excited and pleased to have this “Mystical Dragon” of the classic car world up for sale here at Motoexotica, the one and only infamous 1953 Kaiser Dragon! This Kaiser is a true survivor and still presents itself in a very correct form. Finished in factory Stardust Ivory exterior with correct black and beige dragon vinyl interior and Laguna Cloth, and still retains it’s rare “Dragon Skin” vinyl top. Not only was this the most stylish car around it was the upscale Kaiser, with many high-end standard features, such as an electric clock, a radio, a heater, auto transmission and power steering. Even comes with the working factory AM radio with front and rear speakers with functional factory speaker control on the dash!

This Dragon has spent most of its life in the dry American southwest and is from the Robert Pond collection who personally purchased the car from Barrett Jackson in 1999.

Initially set up by car people, Kaiser-Frazer was soon taken over by Henry J. Kaiser’s West Coast construction boffins, who wrecked it. They had a hundred new ideas a day, of which three on average were good. Fortunately for history, one of their good ideas was to hire Carleton Spencer, and his idea was to bring new patterns and colors to the automobile interior. The Dragon was his masterwork.

Spencer reported to the bustling Kaiser-Frazer complex at Willow Run, Michigan, 20 miles from Detroit, after he was discharged from the Army in autumn 1946. His prewar background-included blueprint drawing at Fisher Body and color coordinating at the Ditzler Paint Division of Pittsburgh Plate Glass. Spencer’s talent was crucial to Kaiser-Frazer. “We didn’t have a bunch of different engines, or a whole lot of the things they have today to make cars different, like 27 different models,” he said in 1972. “We had only one basic body…. Color and trim was where we had to achieve a difference.”

Where others at Kaiser-Frazer may have seen just another car in the redesigned 1951 Kaisers, Carleton Spencer saw a high-fashion model worthy of being dressed to the nines in wonderful colors and intriguing new texture

Included with original Kaiser owners manual, original Kaiser quick guide, service policy and Hydra-Matic guide

This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 83,120 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, California title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!

Please view our YouTube video here!

VIN: 001849

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Asking Price: $39,900 Miles: 83,120 VIN: 001849
Year: 1953 Make: Kaiser Model: Dragon
Title: Clear Warranty: No Condition: Used
Options: Engine: 226.2 CID Supersonic Six Transmission: Automatic
Body: Sedan Doors: 4 Stock Number: 170614
Lot Number: Exterior: Ivory Interior: Dragon Skin
Call Motoexotica: 636-600-4600 Ebay Listing: View on Ebay Sold to:

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