This 1949 Nash Ambassador Airflyte Review is about a quite unique car in that it was a recent barn find, all original and had less than 26,000 miles on the clock.
Enjoy this video and come for a drive in this Nash.
Nash introduced the Ambassador name in 1927, and it continued right through to 1957 when Hudson , who were in dire straights at that time, joined with Nash and formed American Motors Corporation [ AMC].
First used the name Ambassador in 1927 to distinguish its deluxe trimmed 4 door sedan from its other models, and then on all its upper market cars from 1932 right through to 1957.
Up to when America became involved in WW2 the Nash Ambassador had a straight 8 OHV engine of 322 cub in, but after the end of WW2 when Nash got back into making cars again the 8cylinder engine was dropped and replaced with a OHV 234.8 cub in 6 cylinder engine that put out 112hp with a 3 speed manual transmission.
Suspension was by coil springs front and rear and Nash claimed it had the smoothest ride in its class of car. Another feature of Nash was its twin ignition but this ceased in 1942 and engines were all now single spark plug per cylinder, not 2.
In 1950 Nash was the first non GM company to use the Hydromatic automatic transmission.
George Mason was the President of Nash-Kelvinator and was a keen supporter of aerodynamic design for automobiles, this being obvious with the Airfyte body style.
The enclosed front wheels were unusual and became the standard feature for Nash.
Another feature was the front seat folded down to make the car into a ‘sleeper’, and this created jokes as to what the car could be used for.
In 1950 Nash became the first car manufacturer to sponsor NASCAR, it was often the official pace car at race meetings, and in 1951 won the 150 lap NASCAR Grand National.