Nash Motors Company was founded in Wisconsin in 1916, and Nash models remained in production until 1957, though the name of the company changed through the years. Nash morphed into Nash-Kelvinator, and eventually in the 50s became American Motors Corporation (AMC).
Nash was an extremely innovative company, pioneering automotive ventilation systems that were the basis of climate control systems still used in cars today, as well as convertible beds that turned the rear of the car and the trunk into a sleeping compartment. In 1941, Nash introduced the 600 – the first mass-produced unibody construction automobile (body and frame are welded as one, as opposed to having a body bolted onto a frame) built in the U.S. The result was a lighter car, with less air drag, that could travel 600 miles on a 20-gallon tank of gas (30 MPG) with overdrive. Pretty impressive – and considering that gas would be rationed during World War II, pretty timely and smart, too. The unified body was also said to eliminate annoying rattles and squeaks caused by having a separate body and frame.
Equipped with a six-cylinder 82-horsepower engine, the Nash 600 was a lower-priced car that delivered great value. The 1942 – 48 model years of the 600 featured upgraded front end styling, upholstery, and trim; the 1946 version was available with the convertible bed option.
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