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1938 Nash Ambassador

Why is this at Allpar? Nash joined with Hudson in 1954 to form American Motors (AMC); Chrysler purchased a majority share of AMC in 1987.

Automotive historian James Mays generously provided Allpar with permission to reprint his history of Nash-Kelvinator in the years preceding, during, and following World War II, covering the handover of power from Charles Nash to James Mason; issues leading up to and during war production; and the immediate post-war years, as the factories went back to making cars and refrigerators.

This is the main chapter listing. The series is still being launched, covering one year per week. Intrepid readers can still find the paper version of the book, with more illustrations and some different photos, in used book stores and on-line.

1937 Charles Nash turns the company over to George Masonred car
1938 Advanced features, labor problemsnash 1938
1939 George Mason starts harshly, settles for peace1939
1940 A new Nash Ambassador, and morenash 1940
1941 A car-and-refrigerator company gets its first war contracts1941 car
1942Nash tries to build cars, but materials are hard to get1942
1943Nash at war: 1943 — the beginning
1944Nash at war: 1944 — planning for peace as war rages on
1945Nash 1945: making cars again; ending the war and restarting the carNash 1945
1946Nash at peace, 1946: Making cars when parts are scarce
1947Nash 1947 and beyond: Good times at last (for a while)Nash cars, 1947 and beyond

Also see: Nash Motors, Nash engines, Nash Metropolitan, Jeffery, AMC, the Nash Car Club of America


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