The Nash Rambler, introduced in 1950, reflected George Mason's prescient view that American car manufacturers had ignored a significant niche, smaller ('compact cars' he called them, well before it became fashionable) automobiles with good performance, distinctive styling and an array of comfort and convenience features that equaled or exceeded those in the other manufacturers' full size cars. The Rambler featured the full envelope 'Airflyte' aerodynamic body designs of the larger Nash’s and unit body construction, but loaded the cars with standard features like radio, clock, wheel covers, custom steering wheel, courtesy lights and foam cushioned upholstery. The first convertible landau Rambler was soon followed by the Custom 2-door station wagon. It proved to be Rambler's most popular body style for 1951. Even with just 82 horsepower from the Rambler's 173 cubic inch inline six the Rambler's light weight and aerodynamic efficiency gave it spirited performance. A Ford station wagon weighed nearly a thousand pounds more but had just 18 more horsepower. Although Nash built over 28,000 Rambler Custom Station Wagons in 1951, few survive and fewer, if any, of them are as beautifully presented and equipped as this example. Finished in Seafoam Green with wood grain body accents and grey cloth upholstery, it not only is fully equipped but also tows a reproduction Mullins camping trailer in matching livery, fitted with a duplicate of the Rambler's bumper. The trailer even has a matching 'Tartan' cooler on a rack over the tongue. Set up for family camping trips, the Rambler has a roof rack with wood batten floor, wheel covers and radial tires. It is fully restored, with beautiful paint, chrome, upholstery and wood. 'Cute' takes on an entirely new meaning when it is illustrated by this 1951 Nash Rambler Custom Station Wagon and its Mullins trailer. It is a one of a kind ensemble done thoroughly and to very high standards of fit, finish and function.
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