Posts Tagged ‘nash’

RustyButTrusty on the Street – Honolulu Edition

October 17, 2015

A short trip to Hawaii yielded a couple of interesting finds. Evidently, the climate and distance from the mainland does not get in every enthusiast’s way of enjoying older cars. Beyond what’s captured below, some older American cars, a pair of Pinzgauers, a beater Beetle convertible and a mid-1970s Porsche 911S in running but rusty condition were pleasant surprises among all the rental Jeeps. The first find was this unusual pair – a Nash Metropolitan which was promoting a business next to a Subaru Loyale. The Subaru must have been a recent arrival from the mainland since it was in immaculate shape.



Foreign Service – 1955 Nash Ambassador

May 30, 2014

Due to the reputation of cars like the 1970s AMC Ambassador for being ugly and frumpy, and the 1950s Nash Ambassador for being weird and frumpy, most car enthusiasts might not know that Ambassador is actually a storied name originally applied to cars of a certain level of prestige. In fact, Prince Wilhelm of Sweden and Norway purchased one in 1927, and from a style perspective, they seem to stack up with contemporary models from the three Ps (Packard, Pierce-Arrow, and Peerless) and the Cord-Auburn end of the CAD triumvirate. But we’re not here to talk about past glories, because those cars are well out of the four-figure price range. Instead, take a look at this 1955 Nash Ambassador, for sale for $3500 in Redwood City, CA.

1955 Nash Ambassador right front


Second Car – 1958 Nash Metropolitan Topless Coupe

February 5, 2014

In the post-war years, when it was still somewhat unusual for a family to have two cars, independent American manufacturers like Crosley and Nash saw an opportunity to compete where the Big 3 weren’t playing. This resulted in an interesting, if rather odd, selection of cars with big-car cues (or lack of any style at all) applied to small cars. They also lacked big-car power, of course, but the idea was that short runs to town could be accomplished in something better suited to one person. Check out this 1958 Nash Metropolitan for sale for $3400 in Stanwood, WA.

1958 Nash Metropolitan coupe left front