the Kaiser Aluminum creation inspired by Rhys Miller's Waimea, built by Henry Larson from a Corvair Greenbriar, with center steering




It was designed and engineered by Blake Larson whose life long desire to produce a practical concept car resulted in this unique design, in which he was also hands on in the construction.

His concept was to give the driver as much vision as possible and he therefore put the driver seat in the middle with center steering and two full car width seats behind the driver and a fully glassed enclosed area front and back


The only truly out-of-the-box design in the Kaiser Aluminum designs by Miller http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2009/07/prototype-kaisers-that-never-made-it.html was the Waimea, which is credited to a designer named Rhys Miller.

It's not called a "van," but it's fair to describe the Waimea as a minivan cut down to station wagon height.

Kaiser's passenger cars died in 1955, but Kaiser had merged with Willys Overland in 1953, and Willys (Kaiser Jeep, after 1963) continued to build Jeep vehicles until 1970, when Edgar Kaiser sold out to AMC.

Kaiser is famous for never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity. The Kaisers (Henry and Edgar) were egotistical twits who refused to listen to automotove people. They received advice on the power plants, as better choices were available, but suggestions to improve both the 4 and 6's were never allowed. Few people know some 54 Kaisers were made with Oldsmobile V-8s and were stunning performers. When Ed Kaiser found out he had a tantrum and ordered all those cars destroyed.  The company didn't have to die, it was murdered by the Kaisers.
http://www.carlustblog.com/2010/05/1958-kaiser-waimea-minivan.html

Wayne Carini bought it a couple years ago. You can see that is has '65 Pontiac headlights, '63 GP parking lamps, and '57 Chevy bumper rubber tips


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the Kaiser Aluminum creation inspired by Rhys Miller's Waimea, built by Henry Larson from a Corvair Greenbriar, with center steering
the Kaiser Aluminum creation inspired by Rhys Miller's Waimea, built by Henry Larson from a Corvair Greenbriar, with center steering
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