“1952 Nash Super Statesman 4 door beauty. Great lines with real chrome front and rear ends, a real head turner…giving it away for $4500 as I found another vehicle I want. Cool features in this ol girl like the front seats folding into a big bed, car was known as a Salesman’s car, One could drive while the other slept. Unique starting system as in its all in the clutch…Car runs great, and was a daily driver, qualifies for COLLECTOR PLATES. A few minor problems, like a little surface rust on rear driver’s side door. Consider a trade.”
Alright, I know I’m pushing it with two $5,000 cars in a row, but what can I say; I’m a sucker for these old, defunct American marques. This particular brand started life as a Wisconsin-based auto manufacturer founded in 1916 by the name of Nash Motors. Eventually partnering with the Kelvinator appliance company in 1938, the marque became known as the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation, but even that name would be short lived as the Nash corporation eventually started producing cars under the AMC banner in the late fifties.
Best known for their diminutive and lovable Metropolitan coupe, Nash was also a high-volume manufacturer of much more staid vehicles, the most popular of which were their Statesman and Ambassador lines. Sharing a familiar body, the upper class Ambassador featured a longer wheelbase by virtue of a lengthened front end, while the shorter (but mechanically identical from the firewall back) Statesman also featured a more basic interior with lower grade materials and options.
However, as one can tell from the ad, that doesn’t neccessarily mean you won’t be entertained. Au contraire, such interesting features as Nash’s unique “Selecto-Lift Starting” (a mechanism by which the car is started by lifting up on the gearshift) and fold flat seating will definitely keep you (and your friends) equal parts entertained and bewildered. Looking very sleek beneath its front and rear wheel spats, this particular Statesman Super (a model designator indicating the middle-rung Statesman, with the Statesman Custom being the high end model and the otherwise unnamed Statesman being the low rent model for institutions and fleet sales) seems to be in great shape for the price. Being an off-brand manufacturer, it’s not uncommon for Nash’s to command surprisingly low prices, so long as they aren’t attached to the wildly popular Metropolitan. Subsequently, that makes vehicles like this collector plated Statesman Super a very cost effective way to get into the classic car market without paying a premium for a more recognizable badge.