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1947 Nash Ambassador Suburban / RE72874 Vehicle Information

1947 Nash Ambassador photograph

1947 Nash Ambassador photograph

1947 Nash Ambassador photograph

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Sold for $143,000 at 2013 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction.
Sold for $82,500 at 2018 RM Sothebys : Hershey.
Nash Motors introduced a wood-paneled version of their popular Ambassador called the Suburban in the post-war era. They were given mahogany and ash paneling supplied by Mitchell-Bentley of Owosso, Michigan. The coachwork was based on the 'slipstream' sedan, a 1940s streamlined design. They were built as an image-building halo model and came loaded with options such as 'cruising Gear' overdrive, a trend-setting 'Weather-Eye' heater, and a remote control Zenith radio, which enabled the driver to change stations at the touch of their toe.

The Suburban was built in limited quantities between 1946 and 1948, with exactly 1,000 examples built. In 1947, 595 Suburbans were built. It is believed that fewer than 20 examples are known to remain.

This finely restored example has a history that dates back to the 1970s, when it was in the possession of Darrel Hagen of Puyallup, Washington. In late 1977, Kim Norback of Sebastopol, California purchased the car from Mr. Hagen and performed a light mechanical restoration.

The car was purchased in 1984 by Linn Davis of Sunland, California and sold it to Nash collector Jerry McIntosh of Tucker, Georgia, two years later. Mr. McIntosh advertised the car for sale in the Spring of 1992. It was purchased by James Fritts and a show-quality restoration soon followed. Work began in 1995 and was completed in March of 199. It was finished in Strato Blue with red interior, a correct 1947 Nash color.

In 1999, the car earned its First Junior and Senior Awards at AACA national Meets in Tennessee and Virginia. Over the next five years, the car was shown at numerous AACA shows and earned many impressive awards including Best of Show, Best Discontinued Auto, and President's Cup. Between 2000 and 2002, it continued to be shown at local and national concours events. In 2000, it received Best of Show honors at the Central NASHional in Branson, Missouri. In March of 2001, it won its class at the Amelia Island Concours and in 2002, it received Best in Class at the Grand NASHional in Racine, Wisconsin.

Power comes from a 235 cubic-inch, overhead valve inline six-cylinder unit with a single Carter downdraft carburetor. The 112 horsepower engine is mated to a 3-speed column-shift manual gearbox with overdrive.

In 2013, the car was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company Auction held in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was estimated to sell for $150,000 - $225,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $143,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2013


2018 RM Sothebys : Hershey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $80,000-USD $100,000 
Sale Price :
USD $82,500

2013 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $150,000-USD $225,000 
Sale Price :
USD $143,000

1947 Nash Ambassador Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1947 sales)
1947 Nash Ambassador Suburban
Chassis#: 454676
Sold for USD$82,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1947 Nash Ambassador image  1947 Nash Ambassador image  
1947 NASH AMBASSADOR CUSTOM 4 DOOR SEDAN
Chassis#: 454676
Sold for USD$77,000
  2015 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale
 
1947 Nash Ambassador Suburban
Chassis#: RE72874
Sold for USD$143,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1947 Nash Ambassador image  1947 Nash Ambassador image  
1947 Nash Sedan
Sold for USD$8,470
  2012 Auctions America - Fall Carlisle
 
1947 Nash Ambassador Six Super Suburban Woodie Sedan
Sold for USD$77,000
  2009 Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions
 
1947 NASH AMBASSADOR
Sold for USD$13,000
  2009 Silver Auction - Arizona in January
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1947 Nash Ambassador's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1947 Nash Ambassador Suburban Sedan 2016 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale$70,000  
1947 Nash 2002 Michigan Fall Classic Car Auction The Kughn Collection$6,000  

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