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Nifty Nash: 1939 Nash Ambassador Six Coupe

This fairly solid runner is a 1939 Nash Ambassador Six Coupe and it’s on eBay with a current bid price of just over $2,600. You have to love those covered headlights! There are four days left to get in on the action on this Nash which is located in Marengo, Illinois.

I apologize for the photos, they were a mish-mash of thumbnails and assorted, blurry images, but this car is such a star that even bad photos don’t make the car look bad! That beautiful double-waterfall grille and the big, tall ladder grille in the center all enclosed by those fantastic covered headlights; what a great design! Headlights from this era weren’t always recessed into the fenders like this so Nash had a leg up in the design department. I can picture this car being at the 1939 World’s Fair, it’s so modern for its time.

As far as the body style goes, whether it’s a 3-passenger Business Coupe or a 5-passenger All-Purpose Coupe isn’t known, at least by me. One of you will know the tell-tale signs of it being a business coupe or not without any photos of the back seat, or lack photos showing a lack of a back seat. It doesn’t look like there’s anything behind the front seats from the photo above. And, of course, there isn’t a photo of the inside of the trunk, either, which would tip it off as to being a business coupe or not. It seems like more often than not, sellers call every coupe a “business coupe” just to draw attention when people search for them, so I’m surprised that that name isn’t used here.

If the seat wasn’t ravaged by time, and possibly rodents, it would look pretty decent inside this interior. Yes, this is the only interior photo. The interior will most likely need a full restoration as will everything else.

This should be Nash’s 235 cubic-inch inline-six with around 105 hp. The seller says that the “body needs some attention, but the drivetrain works fine. The car runs and drives on a reserve fuel tank. brakes were just done, so it stops also.” That’s a good sign, maybe it’s more cosmetic work to do than anything with this car? One thing for sure, this Nash will most likely end up a gumball color with a honkin’ V8 under that long hood and chrome wheels. It’s doubtful that it’ll be restored back to original specs, but I could be wrong. How would you fix up this cool Nash Coupe?

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  1. george

    Good cleaning of the entire car. Interior refurbishing in grey cloth,Gloss black paint and drive it to Cars and Coffee, church and work at least twice a week.The coolest thing is you’ll never sit at a traffic light and see another one pull up next to you.

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    • starsailing

      Just watched an old “Boston Blackie” movie and see them in a 39 Nash 4dr.Headlights in fender gave it away. Old movies like going to a car show.

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  2. terry

    Profile shot has sunlight coming thru the interior onto what appears to be a ledge behind the seat. Biz coupe?

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  3. Rustytech

    Love the squared off headlamps on these. One glaring problem on this one, that’s a lot of daylight showing between the running board and the body! How much more are you going to find when you get into this one? It’s a shame these don’t generate more interest, and value in the market, except for the street rod scene. Even at this price you would be upside down in this one before you got started good.

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  4. Jay M

    Well worth restoring. You hardly ever see a complete one anymore.
    And in my humble opinion it is too rare to restorod.

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  5. ron tyrrell

    If this has the seven main bearing engine it is well worth the price.

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  6. stillrunners

    Nice looking Nash !

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  7. Wayne

    ebay ad says flathead engine, photo looks like an OHV to me.

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    • Ed P

      Sure is OHV. Somebody must have assumed it was a flathead due to the age. Nash was an early adopter of OHV.

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  8. Lee

    I think i will start looking for those quarter panel trim pieces now and buy it later

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  9. Mark S

    I can imagine in my minds eye what a beauty this must have been when new. Very smooth lines and great style, my only gripe is the centre grille should be vertical like the two side grilles it would just match up better. If it were mine I’d just do a restoration because in the long run it will stand the test of time better. It seams to me that cars like this that get hot rodded just get used up, then scrapped and are gone. How often do you see a 20+ year old hotrod still around. They’ve gone out of style and you just don’t see them that much.the fact that this is a much rarer car I’m inclined to say restore to original.

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