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“There is a new thrill,” was the announcement made by Nash as its 1941 model hit the showroom floors. The quality automobiles for which Nash had gained a reputation would be powered by Nash’s dependable six- or eight-cylinder engines with twin ignition, full pressure lubrication, and four ring pistons providing both power and economy. Three Nash models were available in 1941 – the first was called the “600”, and the two senior models were the Nash Ambassador Six and the Nash Ambassador Eight. The 600 touted a shorter frame and uni-body construction with body and frame as one unit which could provide more strength and rigidity. The smaller six-cylinder 173 cid engine rated at 75 hp, coupled with an overdrive transmission, was surprisingly economical, so much so that it even led Nash to the winning circle in the Gillmore economy run to the Grand Canyon where it had attained 25.81 mpg.
The ever-dependable Ambassador Six and Eight models used the uni-body, but with the conventional frame rails and a longer wheelbase allowing for longer hood and fenders, providing more of a “big car look.” Numerous body styles were available in two- and four-door models, as well as a convertible. The senior Ambassador models carried much more standard equipment such as foam seat cushions, deluxe upholstery, floor mat carpet inserts, and a deluxe steering wheel. The convertibles were upholstered in leather.
The “new thrill” of Nash was passed on to the board room at year’s end as Nash ultimately made a 35% sales gain, even as the threat of war loomed on the horizon. A reputation for quality, dependability, and economy made Nash a big winner.
- Three models were available in 1941: The “600”, and two senior models, Ambassador Six and Ambassador Eight
- All convertibles had leather upholstery, others had cloth interior
- Price new: $1,051