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1951 Henry J Standard

2-Door Sedan
Mecum Harrisburg 2022
Wednesday, 27 July - Tuesday, 30 August
$17,600
Sale Price
No
Reserve
28 July 2022
Sold Date
T36
Lot Number
#3-
Visually maintained, largely original
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. K514042859. Light grey over green and brown vinyl. 134/68hp four, 3-speed, body color wheels, hubcaps and trim rings, Telstar radial tires, heater.

Evaluation: The back seat upholstery is different from the from the front and older. Old undercoat in the wheel wells. Rusty, pitted chrome trim but rechromed bumpers. Sharp gauge faces but surrounded by a pitted bezel. An unusual car but not a very good one offered here as a cosmetic redo.

Bottom Line: Henry Kaiser built fleets of ships during World War II and quickly turned his attention to satisfying some of the demand that had been latent during the war’s suspension of civilian vehicle production. The Henry J was his answer, based on Jeep components and modern styling. The concept lasted until 1954 and was never successful. Henry Js are so unusual today that no one knows what they’re worth, but this one’s erratic presentation does not commend it to anyone. It brought a mystifying price, in absolute terms it’s not a lot of money but is still expensive for its condition.

by Rick Carey
11 August 2022
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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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