1951 Nash AmbassadorSOLD

Property from the Peter Black Collection

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Estimate 12,000 - 20,000 Euros
Result (incl.) 18,800 Euros

Engine: six cylinder in line, 4,130cc, 252.6cu.ins., 135hp at 3,700rpm; Gearbox: Hydramatic three speed automatic; Suspension: front, independent, rear, live axle on coil springs; Brakes: four wheel drum. Left hand drive

Model history

The Nash Motor Company was founded in 1917 by Charles W. Nash, shortly after he had resigned from his presidency of General Motors in 1916, and by 1918 his cars featured overhead valve engines. Car production quickly went from strength to strength and by 1920 it had reached 35,000 units.

The Ambassador name originated as their top of the range model, but in later years it would be used to summarize the whole product range. Following the suspension of production during the war years, when their manufacturing resumed the name again became the top of the line model was this, now the Ambassador Six.

The new Ambassador drew on the aerodynamic styling queues that had first appeared in the late 1930s to produce its Airflyte body style. They were as well known externally for their enclosed front wheel arches as for their interiors which featured fully reclining front seats to turn the car into a car capable of sleeping two adults. In 1950, these notable aspects would be joined by Nash's introduction of the GM Hydramatic automatic transmission, their being the first non-GM company to offer this. This car is one such late example benefiting from all three characteristics.

Specific details of this car

This Nash Ambassador joined the present British collection ownership in the mid-1990s, having been imported from Minnesota.

Cosmetically the car shows some signs of age, there are a couple of small but noticeable dents to the bodywork and the chrome while having been refurbished once was clearly not well prepared prior to this and has imperfections/scratching beneath its surface.

The interior appears to be the original, or has been refurbished in a period style, the seats have grey moquette type fabric with small stars on and harder wearing brown fabric tops. These are matched by the door panels, while the headlining is the original. Interestingly, the Ambassador retains its original Twin bed mattresses in their original covers, as well as mosquito nets and tow hitch.

With the mentioned original equipment, it all makes for a versatile statement of this period of American design. A 1951 Owners manual is also offered with the car.

Reference Number 6963

as of 2/1/2007

Car 1951 Nash Ambassador
VIN R634066 
Exterior / Interior Color      Bronze /      Grey 
Transmission Automatic 
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