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1951 Frazer Manhattan

Convertible
Mecum Houston 2021
Thursday, 8 April - Saturday, 10 April 2021
$38,500
Sale Price
Yes
Reserve
9 April 2021
Sold Date
F112.3
Lot Number
#3
Older restoration
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. F516B001037. Teal with black top over black leather. 226/115hp six, column shift automatic, dual mirrors, wheel covers, whitewalls, pushbutton radio, boot cover, rear ashtray.

Evaluation: Older paint and chrome with a few heavy scratches on the bumpers. Some of the body trim is dull and lightly pitted, and the badge on the nose is cracked. Uneven gaps. Tired upholstery. The dash and gauges are all original, and just about every bit of metal trim inside is pitted. Older restored underneath. Eye-catching despite the significant wear and tear, and good luck finding another ‘51 Frazer convertible.

Bottom Line: This is not the kind of car you see every day, or ever. The seller represented this one as one of 13 in the country. But rarity doesn’t always translate into dollars. The market for postwar American cars, especially cars from orphan brands like Kaiser-Frazer and cars that need some TLC, has softened. For example, this car sold at Leake Tulsa 2013 for $52,800. The price difference is indicative of the waning interest in owning cars like this, neat as they may be.

by Andrew Newton
20 April 2021
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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