BY STEVE BUTLER
KAISER ENTERED THE U.S. automobile market in 1947 with two four-door sedans, model numbers K100 and K1010, the Special and Custom series respectively. They sold reasonably well for at least two reasons. First, there was an extremely high demand for new cars after World War II. And, second, the Kaisers were completely new—not a carry over and dated design from about five years previously.
The Kaiser’s design and appeal caught the attention of Tootsietoy which issued its die cast version for the 1947 model year as well. Their 6-inch issue likely represented a K100 Special due solely to the two vs. four front bumper guards. This toy Kaiser was issued in red, blue and green all with silver trim. Other colors have been observed, even some in two-tone, but all thus far have been proven to be repaints.
Kaiser had the distinction in 1949 to be the last and only U.S. maker of production four-door convertibles and would remain so for over a decade and until Lincoln produced such a model. These convertibles were part of the new Kaiser DeLuxe line, series K492. Curiously, Kaiser did not offer a two-door convertible throughout its production period except for the Darren, a very limited production sports car that hit the market in 1954.