1953 Nash Rambler Custom Convertible  Chassis no. F2620D388

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1953 Nash Rambler Custom Convertible
Chassis no. F2620D388

US$ 40,000 - 50,000
£ 30,000 - 38,000
1953 Nash Rambler Custom Convertible
Chassis no. F2620D388
One of the US’s most innovative auto-makers during the early post-WW2 years, Nash was the first major manufacturer to embrace unitized chassis/body construction (actually introduced in 1941) and the first to offer a true compact model: the Rambler.
Nash introduced its first new line-up of the post-war era – the fastback styled Airflyte series – in 1949. Airflyte styling innovations included a one-piece curved windshield, ‘Uniscope’ instrument cluster and fully reclining front seat backs, but the biggest talking point was the enclosed front and rear wheel wells, a distinctive feature that would remain a Nash trademark for many years. Controversial it might have been, but this unusual device enabled the Nash to achieve lowered aerodynamic drag and commensurately reduced fuel consumption, making it an ideal long-haul car.

In 1950 Nash introduced the Rambler, a compact model on a 100” wheelbase, powered by the 600’s L-head six. Generously appointed with a host of options included as standard, the Rambler debuted in ‘convertible landau’ configuration, with folding top and fixed side window frames. Those deep side skirts continued when the larger Nash Statesman was restyled along Pinin Farina lines for 1952, a treatment the Rambler received the following season, while Custom models benefited from Nash’s excellent ‘Weather Eye’ air conditioning system.

Strikingly finished in bright yellow, this subtly ‘hot-rodded’ Nash Rambler is powered by a Chevrolet ZZ1 350 horsepower V8 engine equipped with competition cam, HEI electronic ignition, Holley 850 double-pump carburetor, Sanderson exhaust headers, aluminized dual exhaust system, alternator electrics and aluminum valve covers and air cleaners. The transmission is Chevy 350 with 2200 stall converter and cooler. Chassis upgrades include Ford parallel leaf, drag link rear end; 11” front disc brakes with GM power booster; Ford Mustang II front end with sway bar; American Torq Thrust II wheels; and Morrison aluminum radiator with supplementary electric cooling fan. All body seams have been filled, while the interior retains its original seats and side panels, re-upholstered with white/yellow Ultra Leather and complemented by new deep pile golden brown carpeting. An FM/AM/CD stereo head unit complete with power amplifier and component speakers takes care of in-car entertainment. Restored in the San Diego area in 2002/2003, this Rambler has covered fewer than 5,000 miles since completion and is offered with Sate of California Certificate of Title. A truly individual car combining the best of 1950s style with 21st Century levels of performance, it is a guaranteed head-turner at any gathering.
1953 Nash Rambler Custom Convertible  Chassis no. F2620D388
1953 Nash Rambler Custom Convertible  Chassis no. F2620D388
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