1946 Nash Ambassador Series 60
Nash produced only 1,000 Suburbans from 1946 to 1948. All were 4-door sedans. The car has a six-cylinder 234 cubic inch engine producing 112 HP with a three-speed manual transmission with overdrive.
The interior is leather with Mahogany door panels. The rear seat folds down and converts into a sleeping area that extends into the trunk. This Suburban has been totally restored to the original specifications and details.
Original invoice price was $1,804. Including option such as overdrive, cushioned seats, oil bath, tires, fog lights, windshield washer, rust inhibitor, Prestone Antifreeze and dealer prep the total purchase price was $2,182.44.
The Ambassador was Nash's top-of-the-line offering when first introduced. They were outfitted with fine upholstery and luxury amenities. In 1946, Nash didn't need to produce a specialty car like this, but did to show that it could and to spruce up the Kenosha, Wisconsin firm's rather conservative image. It was for all intent and purposes based on the prewar Ambassador fastback model and trimmed with ash framing and mahogany panels a la Chrysler Town and Country. Nash built 1,000 wooden-bodied Suburbans between 1946 and 1948; 275 in 1946, just 575 in 1947, and 130 in 1948. Only 20 are known to exist with just two of those being 1946 models. It had separate chassis and frame construction with a nine-inch longer wheelbase than other Nash models. All were powered by a 235 cubic-inch, 112 horsepower overhead valve six-cylinder engine connected to a three-speed manual transmission with overdrive.
Nash introduced the Suburban model in 1946. The car featured wood framing and panels on the body. There were similarities to the Chrysler Town & Country and Ford Sportsman models and had a staggering price tag of $1,929. There were 1,000 Suburbans produced from 1946 to 1948 based on the Ambassador Slipstream 4-door sedan. Power was from a 234.8 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine offering 112 horsepower. There was a three-speed manual transmission with overdrive. The interior was elegant, fitted with leather and mahogany door panels. The rear seat folds down and converts into a sleeping area that extends into the trunk.
Unlike most manufacturers, who produced 'woodie' wagons, Nash entered the postwar market in 1946 with a wood-bodied four-door sedan. During the three short years of production, only 1,000 Nash woody suburbans were produced-and only 275 of them in 1946. Currently, there are about 20 examples that are known to survive.
The design of the woodie suburban was based on the Nash Ambassador body. It had a separate chassis and frame construction with a nine-inch longer wheelbase than other Nash models. It was powered by a 235 cubic-inch overhead valve six that developed 112 horsepower.
The frame work is made of white ash wood and the panels are made of mahogany. The original dealer document shows this Nash woodie suburban with a price tag of $2,182. This 1946 Nash Suburban was purchased in 1976 and stored until 2000 when a 4-year restoration began. It was completed in 2004 to the original specifications and details.
Like many automobile manufacturers, the 1946 Nash was basically a continuation of the 1942 models, whose production was short-lived due to America's involvement in World War II. For 1946, the more expensive Ambassador series was the more luxurious Nash model and offered such accessories as radio and antenna, directional signals, oil bath air cleaner, oil filter, conditioned air system and foam rubber cushions - and an overdrive.
Unique features of this car include a convertible double bed, rear window screens and a rear window wiper. Power comes from a 234.6 cubic-inch inline six that develops 112 horsepower. It features a unitized body attached to the frame. Standard wheelbase was 121 inches. Base factory price of the Slipstream sedan was approximately $1,500.
This Nash was purchased new in Erie, Pennsylvania and driven across Canada several times. The owner acquired the car in 2004 and completed the restoration in 2007.
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