Restored in New Zealand in the mid-1990s and lightly used since;
current owner 11 years; factory RHD; a stunning example of this smooth and
powerful vintage saloon with room for all the family
Charlie Nash was president of Buick and later chairman of General Motors 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 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 1928 two-door sedan and is 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 a 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, with semi-elliptic springs front and rear, 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 in very good condition with exemplary panel fit.
The previous owner acquired the car in 2005 and used it lightly but regularly on various vintage events. In 2012 it was offered for sale via Brightwells which is when our vendor bought it to join a collection of fine cars. He has continued to look after it well, with various invoices on file for routine service items (oil and filter; spark plugs and leads; fuse box; reconditioned klaxon horn; new light bulbs all round; new set of tyre inner tubes etc).
We are told that it was running and driving beautifully until it got laid up four or five years ago but it has not been started or driven since so some recommissioning may be required before it sallies forth once more.
A super alternative to the ubiquitous Ford Model A but better built and with a ready spares network in the States to keep it in tip-top running order, this stunning Nash is every bit as good as it looks in the photos. Gamely offered at no reserve, the best bid takes it home.
For more information contact James on 07970 309907 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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