1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan  Chassis no. R634066 Engine no. 130068

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1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan
Registration no. Not UK Registered Chassis no. R634066 Engine no. 130068

£ 5,000 - 10,000
US$ 6,700 - 13,000
To be sold without reserve
Amended
1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan
Registration no. Not UK Registered
Chassis no. R634066
Engine no. 130068
Odometer reading: 89,066
MOT: Exempt



*Iconic example of American automotive styling
*Formerly part of the Peter Black Collection in the UK
*Automatic transmission


One of the USA's most innovative auto-makers during the early post-WW2 years, Nash was the first major manufacturer to embrace unitary chassis/body construction (actually introduced in 1941) and the first to offer a truly 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, while the reclining front seats enabled it to sleep two adults with a degree of comfort. Nash had first introduced the top-of-the-range Ambassador in 1946 and this model duly received the Airflyte makeover in 1949. As befitted its range-topping status, the Ambassador came with Nash's biggest and most powerful engine, a 234.8ci (3.8-litre) overhead-valve six producing 115bhp, while the example offered here also has the three-speed GM Hydramatic automatic transmission.
Formerly part of the Peter Black Collection in the UK (since the 1990s), having been imported from Minnesota, this Ambassador was purchased by the current owner at a French auction in February 2007. The car is offered with a copy of the purchase invoice and an original Nash Ambassador Owner's Manual.
This interesting and rarely seen motor car in the UK has been on static display for a number of years and as such will require recommissioning prior to road use. Please also note this Lot is subject to UK import tax at the reduced rate of 5% if it is to remain in the UK.

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1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan  Chassis no. R634066 Engine no. 130068
1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan  Chassis no. R634066 Engine no. 130068
1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan  Chassis no. R634066 Engine no. 130068
1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan  Chassis no. R634066 Engine no. 130068
1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan  Chassis no. R634066 Engine no. 130068
1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan  Chassis no. R634066 Engine no. 130068
1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan  Chassis no. R634066 Engine no. 130068
1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan  Chassis no. R634066 Engine no. 130068
1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan  Chassis no. R634066 Engine no. 130068
1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan  Chassis no. R634066 Engine no. 130068
1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan  Chassis no. R634066 Engine no. 130068
1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan  Chassis no. R634066 Engine no. 130068
1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan  Chassis no. R634066 Engine no. 130068
1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan  Chassis no. R634066 Engine no. 130068
1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan  Chassis no. R634066 Engine no. 130068
1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan  Chassis no. R634066 Engine no. 130068
1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan  Chassis no. R634066 Engine no. 130068
1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan  Chassis no. R634066 Engine no. 130068
1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan  Chassis no. R634066 Engine no. 130068
1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan  Chassis no. R634066 Engine no. 130068
1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan  Chassis no. R634066 Engine no. 130068
1951 Nash Ambassador Custom Sedan  Chassis no. R634066 Engine no. 130068
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