1931 Nash 899 Victoria Coupe Project

'31 Nash left side

In October of 2015 we featured a 1930’s Nash that had the bed-in-car factory option here.  This model, a 899 Victoria Coupe, didn’t offer the “bed-in-car” option, through you might be able to fit one in?  Listed here on craigslist in St. Louis, Missouri is this 1931 Nash 899 Victoria Coupe priced at $6,500.

'31 Nash grill

There is very little information provided with the ad so you may wish to contact the seller with your questions.  The straight 8 engine is still intact according to the seller.  There is no mention of the condition of said engine.

'31 Nash

All the fenders are included with this project.  There isn’t an image of the interior so we don’t know how much, if any, items are missing.  The next owner will need the windshields, the roof, and maybe the driver’s window to get this Nash weather tight again.

'31 Nash rear

The seller is including the rear deck lid and “etc.” with the sale.  Yes, there is also an XK in the background.  Maybe another day?

'31 Nash right side

We don’t know if the running boards are one of the “etc.” items included or not?  We hope this Nash was stored in a dry barn since the roof and some of the glass are missing.  It would be nice to see the condition of the underside, but there isn’t an image provided with the ad.  If this project does have good bones do you think the asking price is about right?

Motor-on,
Robert

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Comments

  1. Jason Houston

    Another brainless idiot who thinks the best way to dispose of the car is to restomod it! Probably wouldn’t recognize a 1931 Nash if it bit him on the nose.

  2. 64 bonneville

    due to the rarity of production of this particular model, and the fact that it is an AACA full Classic, it would only be right to do a full restoration. As it sits, although “complete engine” a purchase price in the $4K to about $5200 would be reasonable. It will be somewhat expensive to restore, however the club has great technical advisors, and many who have parts for sale. Depending on your location when restoring it, many club members would welcome the chance to help.
    Since most manufactures used flat glass in the 1930s’ glass would not be a problem, unless you wanted a specific date code on it. Also the roof was wooden slats, covered with a linoleum type fabric, which is readily available.

  3. Nessy

    This car is far from junk and a rare model at that. AACA and CCCA rate this model as full classic status. Price is fair enough but maybe only to the folks who know what this car is.

  4. Mark S Member

    There are cars that come up where the course of action is to restomod them for various reasons. This car is NOT one of them………I’m not sure what would make you a brainless idiot if you choose to restomod a car. Nice find.

  5. Jim

    Before you send hate mail, consider that not everyone old car should be kept in museum quality condition. This Nash is unique and looks great, personally I’d keep the body stock but go with modern running gear, automatic, power disc brakes, radial tires and a/c. I drive my cars, this would be great to tour with. I’ve gone on road trips in original 29 Ford Tudor. My spine couldn’t take it and I like cruise at over 40mph. Let’s be real a lot of car guys are too old n fat to go on long road trips in original cars. Only the insane or young would do it. I’m also a firm believer in DRIVING cars, trailer queens, museum pieces and garage anchors are a terrible waste. Some cars are great resto-modded but use the bad ones, the rusted hulks, let’s preserve some but drive them all. Ok, let the mail come LOL

  6. A.J.

    The term “Full Classic” is from the Classic Car Club of America not the AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America). A CCCA Classic is a very high end car that was made between 1926 and 1948. Their list of approved cars represents something like 1% of all cars made during that period. So select company.

    This car may be beyond saving but to hot rod would be a crime against humanity. The rear mounted spare is a nice feature too.

    • 64 bonneville

      A.J. my apologies. At really close to 70 years old, sometimes I don’t remember so good.

      • A.J.

        No need to apologize at all! Definitely a cool car but would require quite an act of love (and insanity) to bring it back.

  7. Karl

    Jason talks a little harsh, but don’t be put off by it. In this case he’s right–this is a rarity deserving of a full restoration, and its owner doesn’t completely get that. We see cars here that are one of a kind, and others that were made in the millions and are still around in large quantities. It’s perfectly OK to be creative with the mass-produced models, and I don’t think Jason is saying otherwise.
    As far as using these old cars on modern roads–I don’t like trailer queens, but you have to know the limits. Recently a couple was driving a 1930’s Plymouth here in New Orleans, and were on top of the Carrollton Interchange ( one of the most heavily traveled places on I-10 within the city) when some mishap occurred, and the car went over the rail and fell about 40 feet to the ground below. The driver was thrown out and survived, injured, but the passenger stayed with the car and was killed. There’s no way a car that age should have been dicing with modern Interstate traffic. So–know the limits–yours and the car’s.

    • Mark S Member

      Karl I don’t disagree with Jason, this car should be restored. What I do disagree with is his attitude. He has done this many times before, unless your a purest that only restores he will say that you are a brainless idiot or a drunk or a pot smoker along with a long list of other put downs. I’m not the only person that has called him out on his behaviour on this site, others have too. You know I have no problem with someone disagreeing with me. In fact I welcome it, it is what brings me back here every day. But when your disagreement gets personal it no longer belongs here. The thing that I find hard to understand about Jason is there are times when what he has to say is well written and informative, he clearly knows his cars, but I think he needs to tone it down a little.

  8. MountainMan

    Bottom line is whoever buys this jewel can do whatever they want with it. While I agree it deserves to be properly restored I see nothing wrong with restomod builds in general. Seems if Jason doesn’t understand or like something its stupid or its junk. I don’t understand that school of thought but that doesn’t mean I think Jason is junk… Just closed minded. Plenty of vehicles that would still be rusting away somewhere have been resurrected and are being enjoyed due to restomod builds. To each their own and as long as its being enjoyed by the builder or owner I’m cool with whatever cars somebody enjoys and its supposed to be a fun hobby with cars sometimes customized to an individual owners taste.

  9. Jim

    I agree, it’s better that it’s on the road in some form and whoever lays out the cash gets to choose. It’s heartbreaking to see a classic get crushed or left outside to turn invisible from rust.

  10. A.J.

    There are plenty of cars that are good candidates for hot rodding and resto mods. Generally a 2 door big 3 car is a good candidate made in 10s of thousands. Turning a 4 door car into a hot rod is just blah as is an off brand car. But something rare and unusual or in overly nice condition is just not something that should be rodded. This qualifies as both rare and unusual and really should not be modified. BUT, I’m not sure anyone would step up so I guess maybe it is fair game.

  11. BMW/Tundra guy

    My thoughts on the whole “resto mod” argument is this. If there is not enough left to do a full restoration to original, then the door is open to resto mod it. If the vehicle is an extremely rare or storied vehicle, then all stops should be pulled out in order to restore it. Bottom line, he who owns is he who decides. No one else. We may or may not like it, but that’s the “pride of ownership”!
    On another note, JH does seem to have quite a data base of useful knowledge!! He also does seem to have quite a problem with anger management issues!! If he could get the AM issue under control, I would not cringe nor count on seeing a negative response when his name is at the top!!! ALL of this is in MHO!!!!!!!!!!!!
    As for this vehicle, beautiful car as it sits, one or two or…………. owners. Older restoration or original. Original mileage or rolled over once. Just not my style.

  12. Phillip Tenney Member

    A restomod for sure with maybe a twin carburator OHV Nash six cylinder engine as they were very quiet and reasonably powerful for their time.

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