1953 Nash Healy

Nash Motor Cars 1903-1979

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Nash Motors, based in Kenosha, Wisconsin produced vehicles from 1916 to 1938. From 1938 to 1954, Nash became the automotive division of the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation. From 1954 to 1957, Nash production continued until after the creation of American Motors Corporation. Nash pioneered unibody construction in 1941, also a heating and ventilation system whose operating principles are now universally utilized in 1938, seat belts in 1950, compact cars in 1950, subcompact in 1970 and muscle cars in 1957.

Nash Motors was established in 1916 by previous General Motors president Charles W. Nash who obtained the Thomas B. Jeffery Company. Jeffery's best-known vehicle was the Rambler whose large scale manufacturing from a plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin started in 1902.

The 1917 Nash Model 671 was the first vehicle delivered with the Nash name. Nash enjoyed many years of achievement by centering its endeavors to construct autos encapsulating honest worth at a value which held out potential outcomes of a wide market.

The four-wheel drive Jeffery Quad truck was an imperative item for Nash. Roughly 11,500 Quads were manufactured from 1913 and 1919. They moved materials under extreme conditions during World War I. The Quad utilized Meuhl differentials with half-shafts mounted over the load bearing dead axles to drive the hubs using hub reduction gearing. It also featured four-wheel steering. The Quad acquired a reputation of being the best four-wheel drive truck in the country. Nash Motors turned out to be the largest four-wheel drive manufacturer in the country. By 1918, Nash iwas s busy that the Paige-Detroit Motor Car Company was licensed to assemble the Nash Quad. By the end of World War I, Nash was the leading military trucks producer. After the war was over, surplus Quads were utilized as heavy duty work trucks construction and logging.

Charles Nash persuaded the chief engineer of GM's Oakland Division, Nils Eric Wahlberg, to come over to the new Nash company. In 1917, Wahlberg introduced the first nash engine with overhead valves. Wahlberg is credited with helping design Nash's flow-through ventilation system that is utilized today in just about every vehicle. Presented in 1938, Nash's Weather Eye brought fresh air from outside into the auto's ventilation system, boosted by a fan, where it was warmed (or cooled), and after that expelled through rear vents. The procedure additionally decreased humidity and even equalize slight differential in pressure between the exterior and interior of a moving vehicle. Another Nash unique feature was the unequal wheel tread. The front wheels were a little narrower than the back, in this manner adding stability and enhancing cornering. Wahlberg was additionally an early advocate of wind tunnel testing for vehicles and amid World War II worked with Theodore Ulrich in the designing of Nash's Airflyte models.

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Early Rambler (1897-1914)

1902 Rambler
1902 Rambler
1902 Rambler Model C
1902 Rambler Model C
1910 Rambler Model 54
1910 Rambler Model 54
1913 Rambler Model 83
1913 Rambler Model 83
The first use of the name Rambler for an American made automobile dates to 1897 when Thomas B. Jeffery of Chicago, Illinois and builder of the Rambler bicycle, constructed his first prototype automobile. After receiving positive reviews at the 1899 Chicago International Exhibition & Tournament and the first National Automobile Show in New York City, Jeffery decided to enter the automobile business. In 1900, he bought the old Sterling Bicycle Co. factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and set up shop.

Mitchell Motor Car Company and the Ajax (1903-1926)

1903 Mitchell Roadster
1903 Mitchell Roadster
1918 Mitchell
1918 Mitchell
1926 Ajax
1926 Ajax
The Ajax was an American automobile brand manufactured by the Nash Motors Company of Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 1925 and 1926. The Ajax was produced in the newly acquired Mitchell Motors Company plant in Racine, Wisconsin. In 1926, all Ajax models were converted into Nash Light Sixes.

LaFayette (1920-1937)

1922 Lafayette
1922 Lafayette
1934 Nash Lafayette
1934 Nash Lafayette
1937 Nash Lafayette - Courtsey of Alan Harrington
1937 Nash Lafayette
LaFayette was originally headquartered in Mars Hill, Indianapolis, Indiana and made luxury motor cars, beginning in 1920. LaFayette innovations include the first electric clock in an auto. In 1921, Charles W. Nash became president of LaFayette. Nash was already president of Nash Motors, but for a time the two brands remained separate companies, although Nash Motors was the principal LaFayette Motors stock holder In 1924, Nash Motors became full owner of LaFayette Motors, and the name was retired soon after. Its factories were quickly put to a new, more profitable use: the manufacture of Ajax motor cars.

Nash Kelvinator (1937-1954)

Nash-Kelvinator Corporation was the result of a merger in 1937 between Nash Motors and Kelvinator Appliance Company. The union of these two companies was brought about as a result of a condition made by George W. Mason prior to his appointment as CEO of Nash. Nash-Kelvinator ranked 27th among United States corporations in the value of World War II production contracts.

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Nash 871 (1937-1954)

1931 Nash Convertible Sedan
1931 Nash 871 Convertible Sedan

Nash 400 (1929-1936)

1933 Nash Big Six
1933 Nash Big Six
1934 Nash Advanced Eight
1934 Nash Advanced Eight
1935 Nash 400 Sedan
1935 Nash 400 Sedan
1936 Nash 400
1936 Nash 400
Things were better for Nash in 1936, reaching 43,000 with the help of new low-priced six-cylinder "400" models, standard and Deluxe. That year's Ambassadors comprised two Sixes and one eight-cylinder "trunkback" sedan, all on a 125-inch wheelbase

Nash Ambassador (1927-1974)

1937 Nash Ambassador
1937 Nash Ambassador
1938 Nash Ambassador 4 door sedan - Nash Gallery
1938 Nash Ambassador 4 Door Sedan
1939 Nash LaFayette
1939 Nash LaFayette
1940 Nash 2 Door Sedan
1940 Nash 2 Door Sedan
1950 Nash Ambassador (everyone called it "The Bathtub")
1950 Nash Ambassador
1950 Nash Ambassador (everyone called it "The Bathtub")
1950 Nash Ambassador
1951 Nash Ambassador
1951 Nash Ambassador
1952 Nash Ambassador
1952 Nash Ambassador
1956 Nash Ambassador
1956 Nash Ambassador
Ambassador was the model name applied to the senior line of Nash automobiles from 1927 until 1957 Nash continued to use the Ambassador name on its top models 1949. The separate frame chassis of the 1941-1948 Ambassador was discontinued in favor of unibody construction for the 1949 models, a design the company introduced to the mass-market in 1941 with the 600 series cars

Nash 600 (1941-1949)

1942 Nash 600
1942 Nash 600
1946 Nash 600
1946 Nash 600
1947 Nash 600
1946 Nash 600
1948 Nash Convertible - Nash Gallery
1948 Nash Convertible
The Nash 600 is an automobile that was manufactured by the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation of Kenosha, Wisconsin for the 1941 through 1949 model years, after which the car was renamed the Nash Statesman. The Nash 600 was positioned in the low-priced market segment. The '600' name comes from the car's ability to go 600 miles (970 km) on one tank of gasoline. Introduced for the 1941 model year, the Nash 600 became the first mass-produced unibody constructed car built in the United States.

Nash Airflyte (1949-1951)

1949 Nash Airflyte 600
1949 Nash Airflyte 600
1949 Nash Airflyte 600
1949 Nash Airflyte 600
1950 Nash Airflyte Ambassador
1950 Nash Airflyte Ambassador
1951 Nash Airflyte Statesman
1951 Nash Airflyte Statesman
The 1949 aerodynamic Nash Airflyte was the first advanced design the company made after World War II. Its aerodynamic body was developed using a wind tunnel. Nils Wahlberg's hypotheses on diminishing a vehicle's drag coefficient brought about a smooth shape and enclosed front fenders. The advanced aerodynamics became the most "alarming" all-new automobile design after the war since the Chrysler Airflow.

A curved one-piece windshield of safety glass was used on the wide and low vehicles and the car offered more interior space than its 1948 ancestor in spite of the fact was 6 inches lower. The enclosed front fenders gave the cars a wider turning range than most other autos. The 600 models utilized a 112-inch wheelbase while the Ambassador models were extended to 121 inches. Both bodies were the same. Curl springs were utilized on every one of the four wheels. Both models offered three trim lines; Super, Super Special, and top of the line Custom. The 600 was powered by a 82-horsepower, 176-cubic-inch flathead inline 6 cylinder while the Ambassador had a 112 HP OHV, 234-cubic-inch inline 6.

Changes for the 1950 Airflytes were a larger back window, hidden fuel filler cap, some dashboard components and on the Ambassadors an optional GM Hydramatic automatic transmission. The 600 models were renamed as the "Statesman". Another first were seat belts, additionally were new five-position Airliner reclining front seats, discretionary in both models. The Statesman engine stroke was expanded 1/4 inch, delivering 186 cubic inches and 85 hp, and the Ambassador got a new cylinder head that expanded the horsepower to 115.

1951 model Airflytes changes were made to the rear fenders, stretched to accept vertical taillights, a new conventional dashboard in place of the Uniscope mounted on the steering column, addition of another vertical bar grille with horizontal parking lights and the Statesman also had the of GM Hydramatic option. The three best sales years up to that time were 1949, through 1951

Nash Statesman (1950-1956)

1950 Nash Statesman
1950 Nash Statesman
1954 Nash Statesman
1954 Nash Statesman
1956 Nash Statesman
1956 Nash Statesman
The Nash 600 became the Nash Statesman, a full-sized automobile that was built by Nash Motors for the 1950–1956 model years. The Statesman was the mid-level product of Nash Motors' automobile series and was positioned below the top-line Nash Ambassador, but above the Nash Rambler.

Compact

Nash Rambler (1950-1957)

1951 Nash Rambler
1951 Nash Rambler
1952 Nash Rambler
1952 Nash Rambler
1953 Nash Rambler
1953 Nash Rambler
1954 Nash Rambler Cross Country
1954 Nash Rambler Cross Country
1958 Nash Rambler
1958 Nash Rambler
The Nash Rambler was manufactured by the Nash Motors division of Nash-Kelvinator from 1950 to 1954. Nash merged with Hudson on May 1, 1954 forming American Motors Corporation (AMC). Through 1955, the Nash Rambler was then produced by AMC in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Nash Rambler created a new vehicle segment and is generally recognized as be the main effective American compact car. The 1950-1955 Nash Rambler was the model run for this vehicle platform. Utilizing the same tooling, AMC reintroduced a practically indistinguishable "new" 1958 Rambler American for a second run. This was an uncommon feat of having two distinct and fruitful model runs, a practically unfathomable phenomenon in vehicle history.

Nash Metropolitan (1953-1961)

1953 Nash Metropolitan
1953 Nash Metropolitan
1954 Nash Metropolitan
1954 Nash Metropolitan
1955 Nash Metropolitan
1955 Nash Metropolitan
1961 Nash Metropolitan
1961 Nash Metropolitan
The Nash Metropolitan was sold from 1953 to 1961. It fits in with two vehicle classes: economy vehicle and subcompact vehicle. The Metropolitan was sold as a Hudson after Nash and Hudson merger in 1954 as an American Motors Corporation (AMC) vehicle, and later as a standalone brand during the Rambler years, and also sold in the United Kingdom and different markets.

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Nash Healy (1951-1954)

1951 Nash Healey Roadster
1951 Nash Healey Roadster
1952 Nash Healey
1952 Nash Healey
1953 Nash Healey
1953 Nash Healey
1954 Nash Healey LeMans Coupe
1952 Nash Healey
The Nash-Healey a two-seat sports car was sold by Nash using the Nash Ambassador drivetrain and European chassis and body, it served as a flagship vehicle, to promote other Nash model sales. It was first post-war sports car" in America and the first promoted by a major U.S. automaker since Great Depression. The Nash-Healey was the result of the partnership between Nash and British automaker Donald Healey. The auto was later redesigned by Pinin Farina and subassembly was in Italy.

Nash Woodies

Nash Woodies (1946-1948)

1946 Nash Ambassador Suburban
1946 Nash Ambassador Suburban
1947 Nash Ambassador Suburban
1947 Nash Ambassador Suburban
1948 Nash Ambassador Suburban
1948 Nash Ambassador Suburban
After WWII, Nash wanted to produce a car that would really pop, and get people into their showrooms. They had a Michigan-based company make the panels out of ash, then used real mahogany for the trim on the Nash Ambassador Suburban Nash produced only 1,000 Suburbans between 1946 and 1948. All were 4-door sedans. The car had a six-cylinder 234 cubic inch engine producing 112 HP with a three-speed manual transmission plus overdrive. Interiors were leather with Mahogany door panels. The rear seats folded down and converted into a sleeping area that extended into the trunk. More Woodies

Nash Trucks

Nash Trucks

1924 Nash Pickup
1924 Nash Pickup
1947 Nash Truck
1947 Nash Truck
1948 Nash Truck
1948 Nash Truck
1948 Nash Tow Truck
1948 Nash Tow Truck
Nash had built a strong reputation as a truck manufacturer. The four-wheel-drive Quad was certainly the most famous, but Nash also built a number of other ton-up trucks from 1918 to 1931; in fact, its total truck production of 11,490 in 1918 made Nash the world’s largest truck manufacturer at the time. Nash then resumed heavy truck production from 1947 to 1955, building a few thousand wreckers on 3-ton chassis using passenger car front sheetmetal; ostensibly these were for export only, but plenty are still around here in the States today.

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American Motors - 1954-1979

American Motors Corporation (AMC) was created by the merger of Nash-Kelvinator and Hudson in 1954. At the time, it was the biggest corporate merger in U.S. history.

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