Charlie Nash was one of the most successful managers in the early US auto industry, rising from cushion-stuffing at Billy Durant's carriage company in Flint to the presidency of General Motors before setting out on his own forming Nash Motors in 1916 and building that company into one of the leaders in the medium-priced field. His prudent management style didn't hinder Nash from innovative and elegant automobiles, however, as the company built a series of overhead valve inline eight-cylinder engines that complemented modern styling and design.
This 1932 Nash 981 Convertible Victoria is a wonderful example of the sophisticated design and value that Nash provided, qualities that along with Charlie Nash's good management resulted in Nash being the only automaker other than General Motors to post a profit in 1932. It received a complete ground up, nut and bolt restoration several years ago in its very attractive livery of dark grey metallic with red coachline, a red leather interior and dark grey cloth top with a headliner and landau bars. The convertible victoria coachwork (two doors, four seats with long doors and blind quarters) is especially attractive, fits tightly on the 121'' wheelbase and accommodates a body color luggage trunk between the rear fenders. The car also features dual enclosed sidemount spares, black painted wire wheels with chrome lock rings, blackwall tires and a heater.
As a Twin-Ignition Eight, it is one of the largest and most lavish Nashes of the period, having a presence closer to that of a large Packard than to that of a Nash, and is powered by the 100 horsepower 260 cubic inch straight-eight. With total production of these cars in 1932 totaling just 200, it is as rare as it is stylish. An astute collector had this car thoroughly restored before taking it to France where it was shown and toured on the European scene before coming back to the United States. Today it remains in splendid condition. A large, sophisticated, luxurious and gorgeous automobile, this exquisite Nash exemplifies why the Twin-Ignition Eights are gaining more and more respect among discerning collectors. It offers the same presence and level of style as cars costing much more.
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