1949 Kaiser Virginian

Hardtop Sedan
Multiple records set at Mecum Indianapolis 2021
Friday, 14 May - Saturday, 22 May 2021
Sale Price
$30,000 - $40,000
Est. Range
22 May 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Cosmetic restoration
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. 808901, Indian ceramic with a black cloth top over black leather, 226/112hp six, 3-speed, wheel covers, whitewalls, fender skirts, hood ornament, column shift, heater, pushbutton radio, dash clock.

Evaluation: Touch up on the right front fender, a few chips around the filler cap and a crack on the passenger’s front door, but mostly good eye-catching paint. Slightly erratic panel fit. The cloth roof is fraying a little at the edges. Original and aged but well-preserved dash, gauges and steering wheel. Good newer seats, carpets and headliner. Mostly unrestored and a little rough underneath. Cosmetically restored and far from perfect, but it’s really neat and where are you going to find another one?

Bottom Line: Nobody knows how many Virginians were built and they’re a seriously rare sight, but we’ve seen this one several times before. It sold at Auburn Fall in 2005 for $30,240, at Hershey two months later for $33,000, at RM Monterey in 2007 for $38,500, at Mecum Las Vegas in 2018 for $34,100, and for just $17,050 at Leake Scottsdale last year. It looks the same and shows just 2 more miles since we looked it over in Scottsdale, so this looks like a very successful flip of a rare, handsome old conversation starter.

by Andrew Newton
29 May 2021
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