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.