1949 Nash Airflyte 600 Series 40

The 1949 Nash 600 was the company's first totally new postwar car. The styling was the work of Nils E. Wahlberg, Nash's vice president of engineering. Its aerodynamic shape was perfected in a wind tunnel and featured a rounded body, open-piece curved windshield, and signature enclosed fenders. On a single tank of fuel, it could be driven 500 miles and achieve 25 mpg. They were built using a unitized single-unit construction method which earned them the title of being the first United States manufacturer to mass-produce automobiles using this technique. The interior had a 'Uniscope' gauge cluster with all the instruments contained in a single pod resting above the steering column.

The 1949 Nash 600 line consisted of three trim levels including the Super Special, Super, and Custom line. All three included a brougham and a four-door sedan. The Super lines also had a 2-door special. The Custom Line was the most exclusive offering with just 17 examples of the Brougham and 199 of the sedan. The Super line accounted for 51,154 sales with the 4-door sedan accounting for 31,194 of those sales. The Super Special line found 35,775 buyers.

Power was courtesy of an L-head 172.6 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine delivering 82 horsepower. A three-speed manual gearbox was standard and hydraulic drum brakes were located in the front and back.


by Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2019

Related Reading : Nash 600 History

The Nash 600 was produced from 1940 through 1942, and began after World War II, from 1946 through 1949. It was priced as the entry-level Nash vehicle with the name 600 representing the number of miles the vehicle could travel on one tank of gasoline. The Nash 600 was also the first mass-produced unibody construction car built in the United States. In this guise, the car body and the frame are welded....
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1949 Vehicle Profiles

1949 Nash Airflyte 600 Series 40 vehicle information

Super Sedan

Chassis Num: K280520
Engine Num: S25067

This original owner of this Airflyte 600 Sedan was Lawrence Henderson of Grafton, West Virginia who purchased it on February 2dn of 1949. Since that time, it has been driven just over 5,600 miles. It remained in Mr. Henderson's care until his death i....[continue reading]

Super Sedan
Chassis #: K280520 

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1949 Airflyte 600 Series 40
$2,000-$15,195
1949 Nash Airflyte 600 Series 40 Price Range: $1,786 - $2,000

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Nash
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)91,121
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)121,793
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)154,291
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)205,307
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)171,782
1949Ford (1,118,308)Chevrolet (1,010,013)Plymouth (520,385)135,328
1948Chevrolet (696,449)Ford (430,198)Plymouth (412,540)110,000
1947Chevrolet (671,546)Ford (429,674)Plymouth (382,290)101,000
1946Ford (468,022)Chevrolet (398,028)Plymouth (264,660)94,000

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