When most people think of the late, lamented Nash brand, they conjure up bulbous family cars of the 1950s or perhaps the tiny Nash Metropolitan. Few picture the stylish, forward-looking cars that Nash created in the pre-war years.
Here’s one of my favorites for Pick of the Week, the cheeky 1941 Nash Ambassador that took the common look of production-car styling and gave it a streamlined tweak that makes all the difference.
“The aerodynamic design was referred to as slipsteam styling – sleek and smooth for the day with no protruding lights, running boards or door hinges,” the Orlando, Florida, seller states in the ClassicCars.com advertisement.
The two-door Nash has a great look, hunkered forward in an athletic stance that seems like it’s always pushing against the wind, almost cartoonish in a way, but very appealing for anyone who appreciates this era of American sedans.
And there is a historic element to its design: “The 1941 Nash is also recognized as the first mass-produced American car to utilize unibody construction,” the seller says.
The Nash is powered by a 176-cubic-inch inline-six-cylinder engine that produces 82 horsepower. The engine is linked to a three-speed manual transmission, according to the seller, who notes that the car gets 30 miles per gallon, giving it a 600-mile cruising range from its 20-gallon gas tank.
The Nash is priced at $22,900, which would get you a unique piece of vintage motoring that would stand out at the cruise-in among all the Chevys, Fords and Plymouths.
“This is a beautiful example with excellent paint, body and chrome,” the seller says. “This Nash runs and drives excellent!”