tv Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum CSPAN November 18, 2013 12:42am-12:56am EST
speculators learn more all this weekend on american history tv. >> right this minute we're in a hudson dealership that started off as a dodge dealership way back in 1916. became a hudson dealership in 1933 and continued as a hudson dealership until hudson went out of business in 1957. what is unique is the dealership has the feel and look ot a 1930s, 1940s car dealership. it is absolutely original. after world war ii ended, didn't need bombers any more.
two industrialists got together and decided to manufacture cars. there was a pent up demand for consumer goods. they went together and created a company called kaiser frazier. they manufactured cars at the old bomber plant from the end of world war ii until 1953. in 1953, they were -- sales had declined and they were consolidated into ohio. in that factory, general motors took it over and needed a factory after losing their plant from a fire. they moved here to manufacture transmissions and then they took half of the factory and used it as an assembly plant.
we have got a general motors story here. we have got a kaiser frazier story here, which is major auto industries in the last half of the 20th century. hudsons were not manufactured here. they were manufactured in detroit. but we have this hudson dealership that is a very good example of car dealerships in the early part of the 20th century. we use the dealership also to tell the story. you come and look at it, your car that you were going to shop and buy. we have display a 1933 plane. we're in the hudson dealership, 1933 was designed and planned by hudson motor car company to compete with ford, general motors and chrysler.
hudson was sort of a mid price car. in order to stay competitive, they went on down to the marketplace. the era was a prohibition in 1920s. had this design. it's called a tara plane. kind of a play on tera earth and plane, airplane. air travel in the early 1930s was becoming much more popular. that was really a catchy name that went with that period of time. when the car was introduced they had amelia air heart. to call attention to modern progress and air travel. we're looking here at a 1953
hudson jet. in 1950s, there is a beginning of what we now want to call the compact calls. hudson also got into thement pact car business. a little bit smaller. lower price than the full sized hudson. by then hudson had addition continued their terra plane car. this was a re-entry into the low price market. next to it we have a 1946 hudson. the manufacturers that had cars that were manufactured prior to the war after the war was over. they used their bodies and their dyes that they had used for their cars in the 1930s, but
essentially they were rebranched cars. no production dur world war two and brought them out after world war 2. the demand was pretty big. and so by 1954, when sales decreased they didn't have money for ennearing to come up with a new design and new car, they also with regard to engines, they had a six cylinder engine. in the 1950s, major manufacturers were coming up. hudson just couldn't t keep up with money to do the enengineering. >> we're in the kaiser frazier slash tucker room of our museum. and what we have here is a
collection of cars that were manufactured by kaiser frazier. the major manufacturers were able to come out with cars right away in 1946 because they didn't have to do design work. they just used their prewar models. kizer and frazier were a little bit late. but what they did come up with was something new, fresh, and new looking. and what we have here is an example of 1948 kaiser which was the first body style that kaiser and frazier came up with. and post war years first of all
it was hard to buy new cars. they were only in business for six years. they sold almost what? $900,000 cars in six years. henry jay one of the two partners that created the company. 1951 they came out with henry jay which was one of the beginning compact cars in the automotive industry. it was a very low priced car and rather primitive in interior design. it surely is something that is stark compared to modern day cars. it was inexpensive. price tag on it was $1,499 in
1951. i think that probably was my reason to do it was to expand their market base. what we have here is precursor of what we now call our zufs. it's a car, but the design of it is such that the whole rear section is a hatch back design. in the rear here, rear window lifts up. and the rear what we would call nowadays, a rung. opens up. and so you could use it to haul your lumber, if you wish, you can sleep in the back when you
go camping. it's sort of the same function suvs serve to the auto industry. they actually took some of their kaiser guys and transported them to south america and they manufactured cars like the kaiser cars you will see here in south america for a period of time before they eventually closed up and ceased operations. back about ten, 12 years ago. there was an effort to tell the story. by then, the auto industry in detroit was 100 years old.
people had come to visit. at that time, a group of people in detroit got together and petitioned congress to create a national heritage area. they are subsidiaries of the national park service. they are all over the united states. they are like a national park except they don't have defined boundaries. our heritage area which is called motor cities national heritage area is a consortium. part of the automotive national heritage area. the dodge house at meadow brook
hall is part of the area so we're a collection of sites and we try to market each other tell visitors to our area places that we can go to view our automotive industry. collectively it has been a very important part of our region. >> throughout the weekend, american history tv is featuring anarbor, michigan. local content vehicles recently traveled there. learn more about anarbor and local content vehicles at c-span.org. you're watching american history tv all weekend every weekend on c-span 3. >> think of the information that facebook has on over a billion
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