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1932 Nash Convertible Sedan
1932 Nash Convertible Sedan

Nash Motor Company Cars by Year

Nash History

Thomas B. Jeffery produced the successful Rambler bicycle and then applied the name to an equally successful motorcar that became the "Jeffery" after 1913 and the "Nash" after 1917.

Nash came about as a result of a grudge. When William Durant lost control of General Motors to his bankers, they named Durant protégé Charles W. Nash president. Durant saw this as a betrayal, and after he built Chevrolet and used it to take back General Motors in 1916, he promptly discharged Nash.

Nash then bought Kenosha, Wisconsin-based Thomas B. Jeffrey Company, makers of the well-respected Rambler. He built the company into one of the foremost independent carmakers, before it went on to become the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation. Nash built mostly solid, middle class cars – engineered to last and priced within reach of the average American family.

As was the case with most American car companies, Nash’s postwar production mirrored the prewar line, but good management and a strong product led the company to tenth place in the industry by 1947, with production of 113,000 cars. The Airflyte series, in particular, was the product of extensive wind tunnel testing and benefited from excellent fuel economy and increased performance as a result of its drag coefficient, the lowest of any mass-produced car to date. The shape was smooth, wide and low with enclosed front and rear fenders, and resulted in a very large and well-ventilated passenger compartment. The Ambassador was the top of the line model in the Airflyte series, of which the most desirable offering was certainly the convertible, which was re-introduced for 1948. Just 1,000 examples were built, however, as production priorities rested on Nash’s closed cars.

1918 - Nash begins producing automobiles.

1929 - Nash starts volume production of its "Twin-Ignition" system using two spark plugs per cylinder on its overhead-valve sixes and eights.

1930 - The twin-ignition 8-cylinder engines are available. The eights have a longer wheelbase and feature a dashboard starter button.

1950 - Introduces the Rambler economy-compact models.

1954 - Introduces the sub-compact Metropolitan. The cars would be built by Austin Motors of England solely for the North American Market. The Metropolitan would carry either the Nash of Hudson labels, depending on he dealer purchasing the vehicles. Later the car would be marketed under the American Motors brand.

1954 - American Motors Corp. is formed with the merger of Nash and Hudson. The original brand names will only survive for 3 more years.

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