When most people think of classic cars from the 1950s, they tend to imagine ’57 Chevy Bell Air Coups, 1955 Thunderbirds, and other iconic cars from the era. But the Big Three (Ford, GM & Chrysler) had competition in those days that left their own marks in automotive history.
One such competitor was Nash Motors, So when two Nash Ambassadors, a 1950, the other a 1951, came up for auction on Copart.com, we decided to take this opportunity to talk about these cars and the lesser known company that made them.
Nash Motors was founded by Charles Nash. Nash himself is an interesting character. He started in the transportation business stuffing the upholstery in carriages and worked his way up to vice president. He would later hold top spots at Buick and General Motors. In 1916, he decided to strike out on his own. The company he founded would last until 1987, then called the American Motor Company (AMC for short.) when it was purchased by Chrysler. (As an Interesting side note, Walter P. Chrysler previously worked for Nash.)
While the Nash Rambler is better known, the Ambassador was the top trim in the Nash auto line from 1927 to 1957. The Ambassador came with a host of fun features, some more useful than others. It’s Weather Eye air conditioner provided warmth in the winter and coolness in the summer. It also had an AM tube radio for your listening pleasure. Both AC and radio could be covered up by a roll down door to keep the interior looking as smooth and sleek as the exterior. It had a trunk so big one promotional video suggested bringing a compass before venturing into it, lest you become lost. The Ambassador was also one of the first cars to be produced with unibody construction to make it more sturdy. It also had a chrome hood ornament that just adds something special to it.
Its seats could fold down into beds to comfortably sleep three adults, in case you didn’t want to pay for a hotel on road trips. You could get window shades and window mosquito nets if you planned to use your Ambassador as a motor home on long trips. A promotional video of the time said this feature made the Ambassador perfect for sportsmen with rod or shotgun.
What really makes the Ambassador stand out is its cutting edge (at the time) aerodynamic construction based on the latest airplanes of the period. Even the tops of the tires are covered to reduce drag., and the rear end is in the fastback style. The result is an art deco type of look that really stands out from other vehicles.
Both of our models have a 234 cubic inch I-6 engines kicking out 115 horsepower. Both of have a manual transmission on the column, although automatic transmissions were available . It has those old school bench seats so your sweetheart can slide over, and enough headroom to wear a hat in the car, like a fedora or a stovepipe.
Ambassadors were extremely well built, so many of them are still around. They also don’t command the prices more popular vintage cars convey, so they can be affordable to those interested in buying a classic that don’t have a fortune to throw around. Both of these Ambassadors are great entry cars into the world of classic autos. And buying one of these will absolutely make you stand out from the pack.
If you pick up one of these beauties, let us know. We’d love to take a ride in this uniquely styled classic.
If you aren’t a Copart member, the chance to buy an unusual classic like these two would be a great reason to Register and start bidding.