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October 23, 2013

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Written by: Rik Hoving
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THE JOHNSON SPECIAL

This early 1950’s Chopped Kaiser was build by the Johnson Motor Company in Headland, Alabama, hence the name The Johnson Special

Mano Forsman from Sweden is a great fan of Kaiser custom cars and Mano has been sharing material with the Custom Car Photo Archive for many years. Mano just send the Custom Ca Chronicle some scans of this really nice early/mid 1950’s Post Card. Mano purchased the card in 1993 from a guy in the US who had received this card from the owner’s son.
We really like the Post Card, and even though we were not able to find any information on The Johnson Motor Co. nor this particular Kaiser Custom we still wanted to show this amazing post card here on the CCC.

Hopefully some readers will recognize the car, or perhaps have heard from the Johnson Motor Co. in Headland, Alabama and can provide us with some more information.

The Kaiser custom looks to be very nicely done with a good looking chop and nice stance. So apparently the unknown shop knew what they were doing. And they also spend some money on having the full color Post Card produced back in the day. That must have cost them some money. Perhaps it was done to promote the shop at a early/mid 1950’s custom car show.

Thanks to Mano for sharing the car, and hopefully we will be able to ad more info about the car or the shop in the near future.

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About the Author

Rik Hoving
Rik is the CCC editor in chief. As a custom car historian he is researching custom car history for many years. In 2004 he started the Custom Car Photo Archive that has become a place of joy for many custom car enthousiasts. Here at CCC Rik will bring you inspiring articles on the history of custom cars and builders. Like a true photo detective he will show us what's going on in all those amazing photos. He will write stories about everything you want to know in the realm of customizing. In daily life Rik is a Graphic Designer. He is married to the CCC webmaster and the father of a 10 year old son (they are both very happy with his excellent cooking skills)




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2 Comments


  1. There is just something about Kaisers that I have always loved. Perhaps it’s that awkward orphan thing. One past me on the road in 92 somewhere in the States as I drove my 57 Biarritz cross country. I just about broke my neck turning my head so fast. THe upper windshield detail really suits this chop.
    Rik, You should feature some of Mano’s incredible artwork. It is just not Christmas until I get the email from Mano with yet another much loved Chistmas card greeting. Infact it is just about that time of year shortly. Can’t wait. Q


  2. Just a couple days ago, I saw a picture of this car on the HAMB. For the life of me, I can’t find it today. It was taken at the same shoot as the post card, but was closer, and had at least one person in the shot, behind the car. I’ll keep looking. TH



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