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All 1951 Nash models were dubbed “Airflytes” and advertised as the “World’s Most Modem Cars,” publicizing records for speed, stamina, and economy. The Statesman model promised 25 mpg at highway speeds.
This would be the final year for the “bathtub” Nash, so-called because its body-shape resembled an upside-down bathtub. Moderate body changes would include a new vertical-bar grille and prominent “jet” protruding rear fenders, replacing the previous rounded bustleback. The interior featured a restyled “Pilot Panel” instrument cluster replacing the old “Uniscope” gauge cluster.
The Stateman was powered by an in-line, 184 cu. in. six-cylinder engine producing 85
horsepower. There were over 71,000 Statesman four-door sedans built, costing the consumer from between $2330 for the Super Sedan to $2501 for the Custom Sedan.
- The 1949-1951 Nashes were built for comfort, economy & reliability, rather than performance
- Nickname: “Upside-down Bathtubs”
- Price new: $1,841