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- 565 Profiler Headed.
- 2/1105 Holleys.
Came out of the Arizona desert, sat for 25 years. Took three years to build.
The car has run 7.17et at 192mph. The fastest steel body Henry J in the USA.
We are building a street version. An old style b/gasser for the street. Straight axle and pie crust style slicks.
The Henry J was a brain child of Henry J. Kaiser. His goal was to increase sales of his automotive line by offering an inexpensive car for the average American similar to the Model T. Kaiser-Frazer Corporation got a government loan for financing the project in 1949. This loan specified that the vehicles base model would retail for no more than $1,300.00 including tax and delivery (equivalent to $11,860.00 in todays dollars).
The vehicle was to have the capacity to seat a minimum of 5 adults, be capable of reaching a minimum of 50 miles per hour (80 km/h) and be able to sustain that speed for long periods of time. It also had to be ready for purchase no later than September 30th, 1950. To meet these conditions, the Henry Js design was kept to a minimum of components.
Also to keep production costs low, early Henry Js had no rear trunk lids (access to the trunk was only possible by folding down the rear seat) and were only available as two-door sedans. Other cost-savings included no glove compartments, fixed rear windows, passenger-side sun visor, flow-through ventilation and armrests.
The power plant of the Henry J was a four cylinder 134.2 cu in (2.2 L) 68 hp (51 kW) engine. In later models an L-head six-cylinder 80 hp (60 kW) 161 cu in (2.6 L) engine was available. The engines were provided by Willys-Overland.