The Kaiser Company was started at the end of World War II by the ship builder Henry J. Kaiser. The Kaiser automobiles were built at the former Willow Run Bomber Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan. While Kaiser was noted for their unique design concepts, they faltered as an automobile company by making cars that were very underpowered. The most famous Kaiser built would be near the end of the company’s existence in 1954 and called the Darrin, designed by car designer Howard “Dutch” Darrin. It featured a revolutionary, fiberglass, car body with doors that slid open and closed.