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The 37 Nash Ambassador and Lafayette Coupes were beautiful. The tudor sedans were very nice too. The nose on these are sleek. Peaked fenders with some cool chrome on them made them very attractive.
The Nash Ambassador 8 does look like it has a nice "style", but I'm not familiar with it. But I am familiar with the Airflyte. I was about 8 or 9 when my dad bought a new one. I was young but beginning to have opinions and developing my artistic tastes. It looked oddly proportioned and more like an appliance than a mode of transportation to my developing sense of style. My recollection may be negatively biased because my mom was killed in that Nash about a year after we got it. A large commercial truck with brake failure T-boned her at an intersection and in those days of no safety latches on doors and no seat belts, she was thrown from the car into the path of the truck. To be fair, my little brother was also in the car and shaken up but unharmed.
I did see a pretty nice Airflyte, all lowered and street styled, like your classic Mercury/Hudson, at the Lone Star Round Up a year ago. It went a long way toward me changing my opinion...... a ways but not quite all the way.
Here's a few Nash's I work on.
Nash made some beautiful cars in their day. The 1939 and 1940 were particularly fetching.
How about this 1940 Nash cabriolet, special edition Sakhnoffsky design? It was a true catalog car that could be bought from any Nash dealer.
For more details - https://www.hemmings.com/magazine/h...bassador-Eight-Special-Cabriolet/1423614.html
1937 Nash Lafayette 400
Musta been a tiring trip. The whole family sleeps soundly...someone made off with the passenger door.
37s will always be my favorites. A few years back I bought a 53 4 door. Messing around with photo shop I wondered what my 53 would look like shortened up with the front doors removed....it looks like a huge metropolitan! I love it and should have pursued it but I didn't.
1932 conv't sedan straight 8 banger
Hi Jive Bomber.......here is a 33 Nash in Australia
I've never Nashed, but there are a number of great articles on the marque in the old Special Interest Autos Magazine (from Hemmings M.N. Inc.) if you can find 'em. Turns out your beautiful Nashs from late thirties/early forties were styled by some guys who had input on '39-40 Fords. Airflytes, like our next door neighbor/Texaco dealer had were funky but the owners loved them -- until they got passed by too many V-8s. A few 'sleeper' AMC cars have come up for sale locally, one that didn't sell was crushed, bed seats and all. There is a rough'56 for sale in Oroville CA with that option, and cheap too! Aren't unique cars fun?! Wick
I love my 53 Statesman
Our family always had a Nash around the house. My parents had an Airflyte 2 door while my father was stationed in the Air Force in Japan, around 1956, where my sister was born. I came along in 1958 and the family car at the time was a '53 Nash Statesman. My grandfather, perhaps started the trend in 1926 when my father was born. He had a 1926 Nash Advanced 6 Roadster. Sometime back in the early '80s, my father was at the Big Three Swap Meet in San Diego and there it was, a 1926 Nash Advanced 6 Roadster, just like his fathers--with a California Top. What's a California Top? Most of them where installed on Touring cars back in the teens and twenties. The original folding top was discarded and a fabric covered hard top was constructed in wood and sliding glass windows were installed. The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, California has several Touring cars with California Tops. Our Roadster has a non folding top with beveled glass windows in the side curtains and rear window. This Nash was once a part of the Harrah Collection.
I spent many nights when growing up sleeping either in a Nash, or a under a tarp strapped to the side. They really worked great...
As for style, agree on the older ones being cool..
Here is a picture of my first car, a 1940 Nash I bought when I was (14) years old.. loved it.. .and it had the straight eight with twin ignition.. (The back seat also flipped up for sleeping with your legs going directly into the trunk.. Awesome high school car indeed !!! LOL
I can see why! What an absolute cartoon of a car! Crazy, man!
Cats, dig the shape of that windshield! Cookoo!
I saw this at the 2001 MSRA show in St. Paul. Know nothing else about it. Love it.
Here is the Nashional Debt, a '34 Advanced 8 coupe which I found in a dump, built , sold bought again and sold
. again. Dammit!
Another 37. This one belongs to my pal and fellow Outsider @Stevie Nash.
I picked this up from a friend last october, and have decided to make it my last big project. Retirement is right around the corner, and I am looking forward to having a roadie car with room to stretch out...
You doing a build thread here? If so, I'd love the link.
That was plucked from online but I own a 47 Nash ambassador similar to this. Just realized I don't have a photo. Cool cars, way ahead of their time!
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