Charles Nash started Nash Motors in 1916 He along with David Buick started building automobiles in 1903. In 1912 he became president of General Motors. In 1916 he purchased Thomas B Jeffrey’s company, in Kenosha and changed the name to the Nash Motors.The next year the first Nash was built. During the FirstWorldWar he became the largest producer of trucks in the USA. In 1919 the company bought half interest in the Seaman Body Corp. During the 1920’s he continued to expand, buying LaFayett Motor Corp. and the Mitchell Motor car Company. By 1928 Nash Motorsproduction exceeded 138,000 cars. The years 1935 and 1936 brought new spirit to the automotive industry. Nash offered its “sealed-in” engine in 1935, an arrangement that had the intake manifold case into the block. In 1936 Nash acquired full ownership of the Seaman Body Corp. In 1938, Nash introduced the first “conditioned air” heating and ventilating system. In 1940, Nash again scooped its competitors with the “600” series, unit-bodied car which pioneered mass-produced unit construction. At the age of 72 he directed the merger of Nash and Kelvinator who’s president George W Mason became president of the newcompany, Nash-Kelvinator and Nash became chairman of the board. He served in this position until his death in 1948
Thomas B. Jeffrey built and sold Rambler bicycles in Chicagofrom 1878 to 1900. He was one of America’s first men interested in automobiles in the late 19th century, and in 1897, he built himself a motorcar. In 1900 Jeffrey bought a plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he planned to manufacture automobiles on a large scale. This plant is where the Rambler started its live. Jeffrey died in 1910, and his son Charles took over. Jeffrey had brought out a four-wheel-drive “Quad” truck in 1911, and this proved very popularwithforeign governments for military use During WorldWar I.
The Hudson Motor Car Company, founded in 1909 and building its firstcars in 1910, when Joseph L. Hudson and seven business associates began producing a motorcar called the Hudson. J.L. Hudson died in 1912 and Roy D. Chapin headed the firm. He stayed with Hudson until his death in 1936. During the FirstWorldWar, Hudson became the world’s largest manufacturer of six-cylinder cars. Jeffrey (soon to be Nash), became the world’s largest producer of trucks. In 1917 Hudson organized the Essex Motor Car Company, which from 1919 until 1932 built light, spirited models. In the early years of the depression Hudson developed the long-lived Hudson Super Six and straight-eight engines.
During the SecondWorldWar both Nash and Hudson were busy in the nation’s defense effort. It wasn’t until 1948 and 1949 that Hudson and Nash brought out new designs. Hudson’s famous “step-down” unibody and big-bore Six madetheir appearance in 1948. Nash brought out its “Airflyte” models the next year. By 1950 the name Rambler meant a new small car in 1950. It marked the dawn of our present compact era. The Nash-Healey, a forerunner of today’s sportsmodels, was brought out in 1951. In the same year Hudson brought out the thrifty Pacemaker and peppy Hornet. In 1952 the Hudson Jet made its appearance. The merger of Nash-Kelvinator Corporation and Hudson MotorcarCompany created AmericanMotors in 1954. One of AMC’s first projects was the Nash Metropolitan the Austin-engined, British-built cars sold over 90,000 until 1962 with over 90,000 being sold.
In the very early sixties, AMC started having its cars assembled in foreign plants – New Zealand and Australia, the Middle East, South America, Mexico, South Africa and Belgium all had AMC-assembling plants, and the Taiwanese Police were even outfitted with Ramblers.AmericanMotors lasted thirty years. Then, poor product planning such as the seven-year lack of a four-cylinder engine for the Gremlin and millions of dollars on development money wasted on poorly conceived models lineup ruined the future for AMC. They never recovered. By 1987 a trail of red ink followed behind a stumbling and eviscerated company, and Chrysler Motors purchased it for a fire-saleprice.
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Many families were faithful supporters of the Rambler. This was true Lempert family. In the late fifty’s they had five Ramblers in the family. Three of them are shown here. They are from left to right: 1959 AMC Rambler Ambassador 4 Door Custom Country Club Hardtop, a 1957 Nash Rambler Custom Cross Country Station Wagon and a 1958 Rambler Super 6
This picture was sent in by Richard G. Boyd 568 W. Friedrich Street Rogers City, Michigan 49779 “In case anyone is wonder what is sitting on the little trailer; it is a case of Strohs beer. I have never been a beer drinker,but at the time Strohs had an ad on TV that was similar. One was a MG and another was a vette which had a case of Strohs on the luggage rack and a beautiful blond in the drivers seat. There were several different ads and they were attention getters. At least that is where I got the idea. A Strohs beer distributor talked to me about making an ad but we found out they had ended that ad promotion. Are you old enough to remember those ads? The little trailer was neat. In the front of the trailer I mounted a door and could carry various items there. The trailer was madefrom a 1960 or 1961 and therefore had a deck/trunk lid, unlike the 1955. I bought the car in San Bernardino, CA in 1977 and it was completely rust free and ran like a top. I put it in a trailer and brought it back to Michigan where I live.”
Richard also mentioned that he has two other Metropolitans for sale for parts. That is also a variety of other parts and books.
1955 Nash Statesman SuperThis car is owned by Richard Johns of Tulsa, OK, USA
1955 Hudson Metropolitan Convertible
1955 Nash Statesman Super This car is owned by Richard Johns of Tulsa, OK, USA
1955 Hudson Italia
1955 Hudson Italia
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1955 Nash Ambassador Eight Super 4 Door Sedan Model 5585-1
This car is owned by Keith Rasmussen 1955 Nash Ambassador Eight Super 4 Door Sedan, Model 5585-1. “I am very excited to own this because it is the modelfirst year after AMC was formed, and the first ‘modern’ year of a V8 offering due to cooperation with Studebaker-Packard. The 320 cid Packard engine is rated 208 bhp! The guy I bought it from, Gibby, serviced it for many years. Gibby told me that it ran great until the original owner’s son began restoring it, then abadoned the project and sold it to him to settle the bill for the last work he did on it. It needs a lot of work, but the sheet metal is in good shape and most of the missing chrome is in the trunk. I can’t wait to get started!”
1959 Rambler American This picture was submitted by Conrad H Berg. It is his Rambler American whennew. It was taken in the Rocky Mountains.
1959 Rambler Super Sedan This car is owner by Ken Smith
1959 Nash Ramber American This car is owned by Tom Ratowski Tom has a web page that shows a lot more details of this car. You can use the like below to view it. http://www.sdka.com/1959_ nash_rambler.htm
That little Metropolitan had quite a following all over the world
And how about a Concept Car ?
1950 Drawing by Wm. Flajole the Metropolitan’s designer
Nothing needs to be said about this one except that it’s a 1954 There were however RHD Met policecars painted black and white, not for catching bad guys, but for meter maids/tire marking. The policecars were 1957 and up.