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      11-19-2019 01:18 PM #1
      QUOTE]Nathan Swanson, 61, a staff assistant at Duke University’s Population Research Institute, and Rex Crews, 60, a lecturing fellow in Duke’s classical studies department, on their 1951 Frazer Manhattan convertibles, as told to A.J. Baime.

      Swanson: When I was in the sixth grade, I found a 19-year old National Geographic on a dusty shelf at school. I opened it and saw an ad for a 1951 Frazer Manhattan convertible. I just liked this car. I secretly tore out the ad and I have it to this day.

      Crews: I have liked Kaiser-Frazer cars for years. I was interested in the fact that two American industrialists, Henry J. Kaiser and Joe Frazer, had launched arguably the most successful new competition to the Big Three right after World War II. I had a 1953 Kaiser Dragon, but Frazer was the higher-end car of the two brands. I thought that if I ever saw an ad for one, I would try to buy it.

      Swanson: Only 131 Frazer Manhattan convertibles were built in 1951. In 2017, I saw an ad for one for sale in New Mexico. I called the guy and he told me he had already sold the car—to someone in the same town where I live.

      Crews: After I bought my 1951 Frazer, the seller called and said, “I can’t believe it, but someone else in Durham has called me about the car. Do you mind if I give him your number?”

      Swanson: Another 1951 Frazer Manhattan convertible came up for sale in Alabama. I flew down there. I had never seen one in person, only in an advertisement. It was as beautiful as I imagined. I bought the car and later, I called Rex. I had never met him before. I thought: What are the chances that two guys, about the same age, living in the same town, working at the same institution, would own the same rare car? When people see this Frazer, they ask: Is that an American car? Because most have never heard of Kaiser-Frazer.

      Crews: Kaiser-Frazer cars started coming out around 1947. There were two brands: Kaiser and Frazer. Henry J. Kaiser was an industrial magnate—an aluminum manufacturer, and a ship and dam builder. [Mr. Kaiser is arguably most known now as co-founder of Kaiser-Permanente, one of the nation’s largest health-care providers today.] Joe Frazer had the automotive experience. He had worked in the industry.

      Swanson: They pooled their resources, but in 1951 Frazer left the company and the brand disappeared, so our 1951 Frazers were among the last built. If I had to guess, I would say that there are only a dozen 1951 Manhattan convertibles mobile today. Part of the joy of owning this car is keeping the history alive.[/QUOTE]
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      11-20-2019 02:40 PM #2
      Sweet lines

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      11-20-2019 02:47 PM #3
      With the title having "Manhattan" and "double" I expected this:

      I gave up dailing old and rare cars and became a normie.
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      11-20-2019 02:48 PM #4
      That's a cool story!

      I can't decide if I like the green or white car more. I love some color, but the red interior makes the white one pop!
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      11-21-2019 04:40 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by PsyberVW View Post
      Locking it up because it's going to get worse mileage than a 1 legged dog with a hang over - yet stir up more crap than a starving catfish in a landfill.

    7. 11-21-2019 08:39 PM #6
      Very very cool. The window frames remain in place when the door windows roll down (except for the "B" pillar window, which I believe does nothing)...

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      11-21-2019 10:06 PM #7
      Neat. I had never heard of Frazer before.

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      11-22-2019 12:23 PM #8
      Such a sweet car and such a dud motor. Oh well, as long as it gets on down the road you could probably decide it's meant to be a "parade car".

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      11-23-2019 01:45 PM #9
      They even tried supercharging this lump.... to no avail.

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      11-23-2019 09:46 PM #10
      Super cool
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