Car Show Outtake: 1949 Kaiser Virginian – The Non-Hardtop Hardtop

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Kaiser Day sent me into my car show photo files, looking for more K-Fs to share. This lovely Wedgwood blue over white Virginian was shot nearly a year ago at the excellent Maple City Cruise Night, held every August in Monmouth, IL. This car was cash-strapped K-F’s interpretation of a hardtop.

Since no money was in the kitty for a proper response to the ’49 Roadmaster Riviera and Coupe de Ville (the first one!), Kaiser simply added a mini-window to the B-pillar and called it good. In fact, this may well be the first opera window seen on a postwar American car! The only problem was that Kaiser was about 25 years too early to compete with Cordobas and Monte Carlos.

Still a lovely car though, and this one was restored to a very high standard. I love finding rare cars like these, even though this one was “corralled” at a show and not curbside!

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