1951 Nash Rambler Custom
172.6 cid, I-6, 82 bhp

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With a 100” wheelbase it was easy to park, thrifty with gas, and for 1951 quite affordable at $1933. The 1951 Ramblers looked tubby like the big Nashes, but it was American’s first successful compact. The cars were equipped with many standard features that were typically options to maximize profits. George Mason, president of Nash-Kelvinator, insisted on big-Nash features like unitized construction, Weather Eye heater, and skirted front wheels. The Ramblers were powered by a 172.6 cid, L-head 6 with 82 hp. The convertible coupe, also marketed as the Landau, was different than other convertibles; the cloth top unfurled like a roll-top desk, leaving the window frames and rails in place. In 1951 there were 15,259 of the Rambler Custom Convertible Coupes sold.


  • Also called a landau, it was America’s lowest-priced domestic convertible
  • 15,259 produced, Price new: $1,933
  • 1951 was the last year for the “bathtub” Nash
  • Convertible top slid back, although the window frames and rails remained in place
  • Rambler was America’s first successful compact car