Nash Ambassador-Eight Series 1193
The Le Mirage Concours d’Elegance was honored to host an exclusive automobile, the 1933 Nash Ambassador Eight Series 1193. There is only one left in the world of just three convertible variants ever manufactured.
Whereas the Nash Ambassador-Eight sedan was produced with a 133- or 142-inch chassis, the Cabrio model was exclusively produced with a 123-inch chassis.
The 1193 series V8 engine produces 125 horsepower, sent to the rear wheels through a three-speed gearbox. The overall mass of the vehicle surpasses 2.25 tones.
The automobile has been completely reconditioned by the Dale Adams shop in Ohio and has recovered its original aesthetic value. It has a distinguished pedigree. It received the top honors at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 1994, winning the inaugural President’s Cup and First Prize. It was also the recipient of the AACA’s National Senior and Grand National honors. It received medals at the Greenwich Concours, the Eastern United States Concours, and the Amelia Island Concours.
It was among the most stunning masterpieces of the Mirage event, provided by collector Vic Tremblay. He had to drive to Pennsylvania to discover this gem.
A Remarkable Display of American Ingenuity
During the early 1890s, Charles W. Nash was employed by William C. Durant’s Flint Road Cart Company. He was named manager of the Durant-Dort Carriage Company merely 5 years later. Durant created General Motors in 1908 following a partnership with Buick, and Charles W. Nash was elected president of the Buick subsidiary in 1910. He was chosen President of GM two years following his promotion to Buick.
In 1916, the two men’s honeymoon was cut short due to a quarrel. Nash resigned and relocated to Kenosha, Wisconsin. He and his business partner George Mason paid $9 million for the Thomas J. Jeffrey Company that at the time created the Ramblers and Jeffreys.
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The Nash Ambassador brand was established in 1916. The Nash banner featured the Rambler model, which proved lucrative for both the firm and the middle class during that time.
Providing Customers With More Than They Asked For
Nash, a futurist, enlisted the help of Nils Erik Wahlberg, an aerodynamics engineer, to evaluate his vehicles in wind tunnels. He also took advantage of the chance to popularize contemporary ventilation by marketing air conditioning units and heating systems.
Nash Motors was already manufacturing 27,000 automobiles per year after three years. In 1920, an upmarket brand was born, but LaFayette would prove to become a financial catastrophe. Fortunately, Nash was still lucrative and exceptionally prolific, selling 50,000 automobiles in 1923.
The Ajax was introduced in 1925, with a sticker price of $995. In 1926, Nash developed a new naming idea, and his Ajax prototypes were later changed to be known as Light Six.
Just under five years later, Nash began mass manufacturing of his eight-cylinder, dual-ignition motors, which could produce 100 horsepower at the time.
By the conclusion of the pre-war decade, in 1937, the business had achieved its highest-ever sales figures, selling 85,949 automobiles.
Nash Ambassador Motors pioneered several technologies, including the defrosting system and the “Bed-in-a-Car” function, which enabled the front seats to be pushed back to make a rather convenient bed for two individuals. The launch of the first unibody automobile, the Nash 600, in 1941 was perhaps the most important. However, according to speculations at the time, it was named after the distance it could travel on a single tank of gas, which was 600 miles using 76 liters.
The Airflyte was debuted in 1949, being the brand’s first post-war automobile. Its reduced aerodynamic drag was brilliant, but issues with the physical appearance necessitated significant revisions in 1952.
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The Demise of An Icon
The Airflyte model signaled the start of the brand’s demise. In 1954, the Rambler was modified. Mason took over the business when Charles W. Nash died in 1948 and made numerous failed affiliation attempts. Nash Motors amalgamated with Hudson Motors Car Company in 1954 to become the American Company.
And from that point on, the existence of both companies was jeopardized, and the identities of Nash and Hudson were discarded in Rambler’s favor in 1958.
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