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Carl Bilski fondly remembers the six Henry J automobiles his father
owned when Carl was a kid. The Henry J was an American automobile built
by Kaiser-Frazer Corporation and was the brainchild of Henry J. Kaiser.
If you recall, mainstream cars in the early 1950s were large, massive
vehicles. The Henry J, although, was a full eighteen inches shorter than
typical Chevrolets of that era and at $1,299.00 were priced at $200.00
The Henry J, introduced in the six cylinder model in July 1950 and the
four cylinder model later that fall, was designed to seat five adults
and go fifty miles per hour for sustained periods while remaining
affordable for the average American consumer. Even with its smaller
size, the Henry J could store plenty of luggage, and with the optional
161 cubic inch L-head 6 cylinder engine could accelerate from 0-60 mph
in just fourteen seconds. The Henry J was endorsed in the 1950s by
George Burns and Gracie Allen, Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, and Art
Linkletter, and today is enjoying renewed interest among vintage
automobile fans throughout the world.
New Henry J -click to enlarge.
Now at the age of sixty-eight and reliving his youth all over again,
Carl and The Sandman Motorsports
have partnered with
in marketing and promoting sales of all new fiberglass bodied
1952 Henry J's. With Henry J Gassers or Stock, Carl builds the chassis,
frame, 9 inch Ford rear, and front end options as in x-cross spring
straight axle, double spring (Gasser) or coil-over/air ride front
suspension, which is then matched with a fiberglass body that is
hand-laid in custom made molds for the finest, most accurate
reproduction on the market today. The doors are steel tube reinforced
with electric windows and all new glass.
Once the frame and fiberglass body are combined into a rolling chassis,
Carl will either finish building the car to customer specifications or
have the chassis shipped to the buyer who can build it themselves. These
can be purchased to be built as a street legal, race, or show car. The
return of the classic Henry J body style enables a buyer to build a
unique daily drive with today's F.I. economy afforded drive lines or an
old school (Gasser) or a pro-street, high performance weekend fun car
for local car shows. The possibilities are endless, and your imagination
is your only restriction.
In our car application, we're building a pro-street Henry J with the
Gasser look in the front with twin leaf springs and high front end. We
are going to power it with an all brand new 540 cubic inch supercharged
big block Chevy with Arias Hemi heads on it. This is a brand new motor
built by Arias, and it is available in a single four barrel application
all the way up to super charged sold by The Sandman Motorsports
~Manufacturing the all new fiberglass bodied 1952 Henry J's!~