As much as I love the Hudson stepdowns, I have always thought the Kaiser made some of the nicest looking cars of the early 50s. It was clear they were ahead of the industry in exterior and interior design. According to some sources: 700 sq. in more glass, lowest beltline through '56, thin A pillars, padded dash for safety, pop out front windshield, etc. However it is clear that the anemic Continental flathead six was a dog and Kaiser had not a fix. Even supercharging did little to make it perform. Like Hudson they did not have a V8 and this was costly in the long run. Apparently they did have a V8 in the design phase, but could not financially pull it off (I guess old Henry just did not want to cough up the money?) That design supposedly became the AMC V8 in 1957. However what I think this points to is even if Hudson had pulled off a signficant revamp of the stepdown design in say '51 or '52 this would not have mattered. The lack of V8 power was a nail in the coffin and the money they had was wasted on the Jet. What would have made a lot of sense was for Kaiser early on to join forces with Hudson or others or even Continental to design and build a base V8 for sales to various independents, even Nash. What could have been with a little foresight????