5k: Bed, Bathtub & Beyond Body-On-Frame: 1949 Nash Super 600 2-Door
The Nash Super 600 was a big upside-down tub styled behemoth built in Kenosha, WI by the Nash-Kelvinator corporation. Internet rumor has it that the Nash 600 was the first car to use unibody construction and the name 600 comes from the total distance you could drive on one tank of fuel (20 gal tank, 30 mpg…errr…you do the math…). Find this 1949 Nash Super 600 2-door for sale in Henderson, MD currently bidding on ebay for $4,950 with 2 days to go.
The Nash Super 600 is one of those classic American cars that combines awesome road presence with the reflexes of a 100 lb house-cat on Prozac. The 3000 plus pound coupe is powered by a 235 cubic inch flathead inline-6 that makes 112 horsepower. Expect it to be slow.
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I remember these on the old Superman tv show from the 50's used as COP cars painted black with the super long whips for the radio and super soft springs that would bounce forever.! Not sure these would do 30 mpg….
Fold down seats,,, looks like a queen size bed in there.
According to Wikipedia, first unibody car was the 1922 Lancia Lambda
Yep, Nash and Hudson models did have fold down and reclining seats. Drive-in movies were packed with them.
Should read: "…possibly the first mass produced American car to use unitized body construction." -Popular Science, August 1945 via Wikipedia.
Also of note: holy crap! Old school Popular Science magazines are digitized and OCR'd for searching on the internets! There goes my weekend…
~ as a kid our next door neighbor, who operated a garage, owned two '49-''50 Nash 2 doors (as well as two Hudsons, a Kaiser and a Frazer) which we were allowed to play on and in. they were all huge fun for us.
'1949 Outstanding NASH Filmstrip in Color'
. unedited Nash filmstrip aimed to instruct the salesmen;
. still shot as cop car;
. lounge-chair rear seat;
Why would you re-upholster the interior in burlap?
Also the speedometer goes all the way to 18!