A post in which I unexpectedly ramble on …
The other day I wrote a post featuring a lovely car – the 1951 DeSoto. I received a number of splendid comments including this one …
noelleg44 | September 8, 2016 at 11:03 pm | Reply | Edit
We had a Nash Rambler! Can you feature that one?
So – Noelle over at Saylingaway …. Your wish is my command!
THE NASH RAMBLER
The Nash Rambler is a North American automobile that was produced by the Nash Motors division of Nash-Kelvinator Corporation from 1950 to 1954/55. It is widely acknowledged to be the first successful modern American compact car.
The new model was the company’s entry in the lower-price segment dominated by models from Chevrolet, Ford and Plymouth. The Rambler was designed to be lighter and have smaller dimensions than the other popular cars. A strategy of efficiency, Nash could save on materials in its production while owners would have better fuel economy compared to the other cars of the era. The Nash Rambler rode on a 100 in (2,540 mm) wheelbase, and power came from Nash’s proven 173 cu in (2.8 L) L-head (flathead).
The Nash Rambler was introduced on April 13, 1950 and was available only as an upmarket two-door convertible — designated the “Landau”. With a base price of $1,808 (equivalent to approximately $17,782 in today’s funds), the Nash Rambler was priced slightly lower than the base convertible models from its intended competition. To further increase the value to buyers, the Nash Rambler was well equipped compared to the competition and included numerous items as standard equipment such as whitewall tires, full wheel covers, electric clock, and even a pushbutton AM radio that were available at extra cost on all other cars at that time.
In 1951, the Nash Rambler line was enlarged to include a two-door station wagon and a two-door pillarless hardtop — designated the Country Club.
Successive Nash Rambler models continued in production until 1955. It was succeeded by the Rambler American which was basically an incarnation of the Rambler.