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Pièce de Résistance: The 1952 Nash Rambler Station Wagon

1952 Nash Rambler
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* Introduced to the market as America’s first compact car
* Developed to compete with General Motors, Ford and Chrysler
* V-8 engine with 4-speed automatic transmission

In 1950, the American automotive industry was dominated by The Big Three: General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. George W. Mason, president of  Nash-Kelvinator Corporation, knew he needed to break the hold that his much larger competitors maintained. He needed to build something different.

His answer was to design a car that was smaller than contemporary models, but could still seat five people comfortably. By building a smaller car, Mason was able to save on materials, thus reducing the sale price. Plus a lighter weight meant that drivers would enjoy greater fuel efficiency — Mason gave them two ways to save money.

While the 1950 Rambler was available only as a 2-door convertible, Nash-Kelvinator expanded designs and sizes for later models. 1952 marked the introduction of the Rambler Deliveryman 2-door utility wagon.

The model we’ve found is available from R.K. Motors in Charlotte, NC.. It has a LT1 350 V8 engine and 4-speed automatic transmission. With only 3,298 miles, it’s in great condition.

Nash-Kelvinator merged with the Hudson Motor Car Company to form American Motors Corporation in 1954.  The market at that time favored large cars, and production of the Rambler was discontinued after 1955. You’d be hard pressed to find this car in better condition or at a better price.

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