When auto production started after the cessation of World War II hostilities, major manufacturers simply picked up where they left off after Pearl Harbor by introducing 1942 lines as 1946s. Nobody was fooled but it didn’t matter, as demand far outstripped supply. Henry J. Kaiser, steel and ship building magnate, entered the fray with an advantage: a clean slate. Kaisers were truly all-new when introduced as ’47s and sales soared. Kaiser (with sister marque, Frazer) outsold such established names as Studebaker, Nash, Hudson, Mercury and Chrysler.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/Articles/2005/12/08/Collectible-Classic-1951-55-Kaiser