Kaiser Special Review

1949 Kaiser Special 226 CI side valve I-6 from North America

Model year1949
Year of manufacture1949
First year of ownership1949
Most recent year of ownership1961
Engine and transmission 226 CI side valve I-6 Manual
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
0.7 / 10
Distance when acquired1 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles


A complete junkbox


Constantly jamming shift linkage, leaks around the windshield.

General Comments:

This was not my car. It belonged to my parents. I learned how to drive with it.

It was a perfectly terrible car. It was obsolete, even by 1949 standards. It had no directional signals. The 3 speed manual column shift jammed many times, meaning you didn't have 3rd gear. And it didn't have a heater or a defroster! Driving this car in the winter was hell on Earth.

And after only about 40,000 miles, the engine needed rings & a reboring. My father fortunately got rid of it at that point.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th June, 2014

10th Jun 2014, 12:43

Gosh, I hope this review doesn't have an effect on Kaiser's sales!

Seriously, turn signals and heater/defrosters were usually optional, not standard equipment on most makes in 1949. It's not Kaiser's fault that your parents did not buy them!

Average review marks: 0.7 / 10, based on 1 review