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1935 Nash Lafayette Three Window Coupe
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1 7276 9/17/2008
Asking Price Shipping Amount Condition
$26,400.00 None Auction Results
Description: Offered For Sale at the:
RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall
August 6, 2005, Auburn Hills, Michigan

RM Auctions
One Classic Car Drive
Blenheim, Ontario
N0P 1A0 Canada
Phone: 519-352-4575
Website: www.rmauctions.com

1935 Nash Lafayette Three Window Coupe
LOT: 065
Estimate: $25,000-$35,000 US
Chassis No. 3512975
AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $26,400

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

In 1935 Nash was gaining market share, but like many of the automakers it was losing money. Established since 1916, Charles W. Nash had built a company that had a reputation for producing reliable, solid vehicles at a competitive price. He had started his career with Billy Durant back in the 1890s, had become the head of Buick, and eventually the president of General Motors when he resigned in 1916.

Nash had introduced the less expensive LaFayette models in 1934 due to the Depression. Named after the French General who fought on the American side against the British during the American Revolution and had played such a pivotal role in the Battle of New Orleans, the LaFayette had instantly become a popular Nash model because of its value.

The 1935 Nash LaFayette Series 3510 models were only distinguishable from the previous year by their new horizontal hood side louvers with chrome accent strips that replaced the now old fashioned looking vent louvers and provided better cooling. It also featured what are commonly referred to as “extremely” convex headlamp lenses.

All the LaFayette models were powered by an 80hp 217.7 cu. in. L-head, inline six-cylinder engine with Marvel “B” carburetor and were noted for their excellent economy. New technical features for 1935 included softer front springs with a new cushion insert, and a new pressurized radiator system.

Originally selling for $585 this two passenger, three window Coupe fitted with steel artillery wheels is a real piece of Americana. Simply styled, this LaFayette Coupe is highly representative of the type of car much of America drove during the dark days of the
Depression. Its maroon paintwork with a red pinstripe, modest chrome accents, and wide whitewall tires give it flair.

In its popular and highly collectable Coupe body style it was purchased by a Belgian collector and was restored in Belgium. The current owner purchased the Nash in Belgium and had it returned to the United States as he found it to be well restored and in excellent running condition. Having crossed the pond twice in its life, it is back where it belongs because there is hardly a better way to see America today than in a Nash LaFayette.
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