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Lot 084: Nash Six Sedan

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (16 May 2012)

Charlie Nash was president of Buick and later chairman of General Motors of Detroit until he resigned in 1916 to build a car under his own name. Nash Motors prospered and grew as the company bought up smaller firms and progressed up the sales charts, eventually amalgamating with the giant Kelvinator domestic appliance group in 1937. Meanwhile the firm expanded throughout the late twenties with a series of very advanced six-cylinder cars introduced in 1924. These were of varying sizes but always with magnificent smooth, seven-bearing crankshaft engines, usually with overhead valves. Four wheel brakes were fitted from the start, and the bodywork was always stylish and frequently updated, with a wide range of sedans, roadsters, coupes and tourers available on three lengths of chassis. The car on offer is a four-door sedan and was one of the large number of North American cars exported to New Zealand in the inter-war period, and therefore benefits from having its steering wheel on the right. The engine is an incredibly smooth and powerful six-cylinder unit of 3,010cc. The sturdy crankshaft runs in seven main-bearings and the block and crankcase are integrally cast in "cylinder iron". The chassis is of strong but conventional construction, utilising semi-elliptic springs front and rear, with four wheel brakes and a three-speed gearbox with central lever. A handbook included with the car even gives instructions for removing a new Nash from its delivery crate! The car remained in New Zealand until imported to the UK in 1995, having been completely restored in Christchurch prior to leaving the Antipodes. The interior is magnificently finished to a very high standard, and the car is well equipped with period items, the twelve-sided wooden steering wheel being of special note. The paintwork in red and black is to very nearly to concours standards, and the whole car is in totally exceptional condition with exemplary panel fit. The car has seen gentle use in vintage events over the past few years and is an exceptional example of a rare marque, with its large, smooth six-cylinder engine and right-hand drive. It represents a super alternative to the ubiquitious Ford Model A, better built and still with a strong spares network in the States to support its new owner in future years.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number084
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£8300
Year1929
Condition rating
Registration numberSV 7820
Mileage-
Chassis numberR117738
Engine number117416
Engine capacity (cc)3010
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors