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Lot 107

1948 Nash Ambassador Custom Convertible

  • Chassis no. R500119

Sold for $35,750

Series 60. 112 bhp, 234.8 cu. in. OHV inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 121"

- Offered from the Estate of Don Kizziar

- Last full-size Nash convertible

- Limited production with few surviving examples

Nash Motors emerged from World War II with a number of missing models. Eight-cylinder cars had been discontinued with the closing of the assembly lines in February 1942, and convertibles had missed 1942 entirely. Thus it was noteworthy when an open model re-emerged for the 1948 model year. It seems particularly remarkable, given that Nash had gone for unibody construction in a big way, but in 1948 the Ambassador retained body-on-frame construction. Just 1,000 were built in the 12-month model year ending in October 1948.

Purchased by Mr. Kizziar in 1985, this Nash Ambassador Custom convertible was restored that year by Jim Taylor. Highly optioned, it is equipped with Nash’s renowned Weather Eye heating and ventilation system, remote-select radio with vacuum-operated antenna, an electric clock, fog lamps, remotely-operated fuel filler and whitewall tires. It also has the optional Borg-Warner electric overdrive. The Strato Blue paint presents well, and the car has a blue and tan fabric interior. The original seat covers were retained and are stored in the trunk. Reportedly, only seven convertibles were built in this color.

The car’s brightwork is all in good condition, both the chrome bumpers and stainless grille. The tan canvas top is power-operated and comes with a matching boot. The engine bay is clean and well presented, and the odometer shows just over 90,000 miles.

Nash suspended production of convertibles at the changeover to unibody cars for the 1949 model year. The return of the soft top was delayed until the new compact Rambler debut in 1950, and never again was the style seen on a full-size Nash. Reportedly only 60 Ambassador convertibles survive, making this a rare and desirable car. The overdrive gives it long legs for touring, and the power top makes fresh-air cruising a pleasure.

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