1935 Nash Layfayette Business CoupeSOLD
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Estimate: $30,000-$40,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

$22,000 Sold

80hp, 217.7 cu. in. L-head, inline six-cylinder engine with Marvel “ B ” carburetor, three-speed selective sliding gear transmission, semi-floating rear axle, and four-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 113"

Charles W. Nash started his career with Billy Durant in the 1890s, eventually becoming the head of Buick, and even the president of General Motors before resigning in 1916. That same year he founded a car company that would amass a reputation for producing reliable, solid, and competitively priced vehicles.

In response to the Great Depression, Nash introduced the less expensive LaFayette models in 1934. Named for the famed Revolutionary War-era Marquis de la Fayette, the cars ’ immediate popularity was aided by their value. For 1935, the Nash LaFayette Series 3510 models were readily distinguishable from the previous year by their new horizontal hood side louvers with chrome accent strips that replaced the now outdated pieces. All LaFayette models were powered by an 80hp, 217.7 cubic inch, L-head, inline six-cylinder engine with a Marvel “ B ” carburetor and were noted for their excellent fuel economy. New technical features for 1935 included softer front springs with a cushion insert and a new pressurized radiator system.

This two passenger Business Coupe was purchased years ago by a Belgian collector. After its restoration, it was returned to the United States from Belgium by an enthusiast who was impressed by its proper restoration and running condition. It was finally acquired by Mr. Wiseman at auction in 2005 and has remained in his collection ever since. Exhibiting a nice shine with relatively minor imperfections upon closer inspection, the maroon paint is accented by a burgundy pin stripe. This maroon color extends down to the wheels that are shod in whitewall tires, one of which is mounted to the rear as a spare. Free of any obvious deterioration, the chrome is also very presentable. The same faultless quality can be attributed to the nicely fitted mohair interior upholstery. A lovely wood grain dash adds an understated touch of elegance. While the engine bay is slightly detailed, the undercarriage is largely unrestored and of driver quality.

A Lafayette Business Coupe such as this combines well-priced American design with a touch of French elegance. In its current restored, driver-quality condition, this particular Coupe is an interesting alternative to any prewar era Detroit automobile.

Reference Number 14991

as of 11/4/2007

Car 1935 Nash Layfayette Business Coupe
VIN 3512975 
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