1929 Nash Advanced Six Rumbleseat Coupe

 

The beautiful vintage car shown in this article is a 1929 Nash Advanced Six, Rumbleseat Coupe.. This model year was going well for Nash Motors, the company producing 116,000 vehicles that year. The 1929 Nash automobile had some new features for 1929. These included a dual ignition system and a six cylinder engine with two spark plugs per cylinder. This type of engine was used by Nash until 1940.

1929 nash advanced six coupe

Nash Motor Company

In 1929 Nash offered some twenty-three different models ranging in price from about $1,000 to $1,800. During 1929 the highest priced Nash was a seven passenger sedan and limousine model. Prior to that the top automobile from Nash was an Ambassador. It was a four door, five passenger sedan which could seat five. The Ambassador model actually stayed in production from Nash until 1957.

Nash Motors was founded in 1916 by Charles W. Nash who had been president of General Motors. Nash took over the Thomas B. Jeffrey Company which had been struggling to survive. The company's name was changed to Nash Motors and it was able to do quite well as a niche automotive producer.

1929 Nash Advanced Six

1929 Nash Advanced Six

Charles Nash was credited with two important things. He was able to keep his company competitive during the Roaring Twenties when competition was growing rapidly and he also was able to keep the company going through the Great Depression years of the 1930′s. This was no easy taskt since many companies went out of business in the 1930′s.

In 1937, Nash was then able to merge his company with the Kelvinator Corporation. By the time of the merger Charles Nash was 73 years of age and the merger made a lot sense. Nash became chairman of Nash-Kelvinator Corporation and kept that title until he died in 1948.

When you talk about the Nash Motor Company you also have to mention Lafayette Motors. After beginning business in Indianapolis Indiana the company relocated to Milwaukee Wisconsin. Of special note is that the Nash Motor Company was the main shareholder in Lafayette Motors.

1929 Nash Coupe dashboard

1929 Nash Coupe dashboard

The Lafayette automobiles were luxury high priced cars but sales lagged. Nash took over the company in 1924 and converted it's plants to build Ajax automobiles. Ajax had mediocre sales and was folded into the Nash brand a few years later. Nash also went on to reintroduce the Lafayette car brand in 1934.

Nash also expanded during the 1920's with it's acquisition of the Mitchell Motor Car Company.

Two additional AutoMuseumOnline articles you'll enjoy are listed on the links below.

The Nash Metropolitan

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1929 Nash front end and grille

1929 Nash front end and grille

1929 Nash Advanced Six Coupe

The Nash 400 models, of which this vehicle is one of them, came out in 1928.

The 1929 Nash Adanced Six came with a two coil win-ignition 278.4 cubic inch displacement six cylinder engine. The engine had aluminum pistons. Something new for 1929. The eight cylinder engines were introduced by Nash for the 1930 model year. It was said that the car still ran very well even if one side of the ignition system failed. The engine had four point engine mounts and each cylinder had two spark plugs.

The 1929 Nash suspension was semi-elliptic leaf springs both front and rear. The cars weight was rated at 3,675 lbs.  Wheelbase was 130.0 inches. The car's length is 16.5 feet bumper to bumper.

1929 Nash

1929 Nash

The transmission was a three speed manual synchronized transmission. The transmission utilized a Borg & Beck clutch mechanism.

The 1929 Nash brakes were mechanical, with internal expanding shoes on the front and external contacting bands on the rear.

The wheels were wire five lug made by Budd.

The 1929 Nash sold new for about $1,600  Nash built 116,622 vehicles in 1929. As a comparison, the Ford Motor Company built 1.5 million vehicles that year and Chevrolet turned out 1.3 million.

This 1929 Nash Coupe has been excellently restored and the car's rumble seat adds to it's sportiness. This of course is a rare automobile and a great vintage collector's car. Sale prices for a car like this could be in the range of $12,000 to $20,000 plus depending on the degree of restoration.

To learn more about the Nash Motor Company I would recommend the book Storied Independent Automakers: Nash, Hudson and American Motors by author Charles K. Hyde.

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Nash Metroplitan

With fuel prices at the levels they have been at for a good number of years, and not likely to to go much lower, car manufacturers, the buying public, and the government have all been interested in better car fuel efficiency. Some of the cars today that do well in this respect are among others, the Honda Fit, and the many now Hybrids on the market. All of these automobiles however were still larger than the Nash Metropolitan.

Back over fifty years ago the Nash Automobile Company came out with what I would term a subcompact automobile in the Nash Metropolitan. The Nash Metropolitan was surely offered as a subcompact car alternative in the 1950's when cars in general were actually getting larger and larger.

nash metropolitan

Nash Metropolitan, public domain photo

The Nash Metrpolitan was thought to be America's first subcompact. The cars wheelbase was even shorter than the Volkswagon Beetle and the engine was a four cylinder 1.2 liter. The Metropolitan was really designed and targeted as a family's second car. Nash Metropolitans were built between 1954 and 1962. This was a combined venture between Austin who manufactured the engine, Pinin Farina, which did the design and Nash/Hudson/American Motors, which sold the automobile in the United States under various nameplates.

The beginning of the Nash Motors and the Nash cars is an interesting story. The company was started in 1916 by Charles W. Nash who had been president of General Motors. Nash took over the Thomas B. Jeffrey Company which had been struggling to survive. Nash changed the name to Nash Motors and was able to thrive as a niche automotive producer. Nash was credited with two important things. He was able to keep his company competitive during the Roaring Twenties when the field of auto companies was growing rapidly and he was able to keep the company going through the great depression years of the 1930's. This was no easy feat since many companies went under in the 1930's. In 1937, Nash was able to merge with the Kelvinator Corporation. By this time he was 73 years of age and the merger made sense. In fact, Nash became chairman of Nash-Kelvinator Corporation and kept that title until he died in 1948.

The first compact car produced by Nash-Kelvinator was the 1950 Rambler. The Nash Rambler is one of the most popular vintage automobiles today. Prior to this time Nash cars had been much larger.This is a model name still remembered by most auto enthusiasts. The company at this point was run by George W. Mason who had been president under Nash. Mason was a big fan of the compact car concept although many of his engineers were reportedly not. Mason's idea was to sell the rambler as a luxurious second car for high end buyers. The first model put on the market was a convertible with an electric retracted roof of fabric. While this design had been created, another secret design was being worked on in Utica Michigan.

1956 nash metropolitan automobile

1956 Nash Metropolitan, from author's collection

The results of the focus group were promising. In addition to that, the Rambler, which was small but not as small as the NXI design, was being received pretty well by the public. Costs of producing the new subcompact was a different story. The new NXI prototype was extremely smaller than anything that Nash cars had produced to date and tooling costs became an issue. The answer would be to outsource the construction. George Mason made an arrangement where the bodies of the Metropolitan would be manufactured in England by Fisher & Ludlow, Ltd. The engines would be built by the Austin Motor Company. The result was that the tooling expenses were a fraction of what they would have been in the U.S. This resulted in the Nash Metropolitan being one of the biggest selling imports in North America. You may even remember that Lois Lane drove a Nash Metropolitan on the old 1950's television series Superman. Obviously, this small unique classic car received a lot of publicity in the 1950's.

Nash merged with the Hudson Motor Car Company. The new merged company was named the American Motors Corporation. The following years would see quite a lot of changes in nameplates. The Metropolitan model would be built under both the Hudson and Nash name. By the year 1957, AMC would phase out both the Nash and Hudson names although, with the Metropolitan, the name could be seen until 1962. American Motors Corporation would market only the Rambler

For all intents and purposes, the Nash Metropolitan was created due of the wide acceptance of the Rambler back in 1950. Total sales in the U.S. and Canada of the imported Nash Metropolitan were 94,986 between 1953 and 1962.

A great place to view restored Nash Metropolitans include the Metropolitan Pit Stop located at 5330 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood California.You may also want to explore the Nash Car Club of America which has information on all Nash automobiles built.