Big Nash, Little Cash: 1928 Nash Special Six

Unlike me, the seller says that this 1928 Nash Special Six is in “great shape for the age. Most of it is there and was running last year. Been stored inside the last few years.” Again, all pretty much like me. This super cool disc-wheel Nash can be found here on eBay in Newburgh, New York with bids topping $4,500 and a buy it now price of $8,500. Ok, so $8,500 isn’t “little cash” but when compared to what some other cars are going for it is. Don’t let this one get by if you’ve been looking for a Nash of this vintage, it looks like a winner. And is that a Lotus Europa next to it in the garage?

I’m guessing that this car was painted to look like a former taxi but there’s no word on if it really was one or not. I don’t see any of the taxi accouterments and/or doo-dads in the front section like a meter and all of that fun stuff. I’m a huge fan of both old cars and old movies and the first thing that I thought of with this car is the great movie “Born Reckless” from 1937. Seriously, if you like old movies with cars featured in them, even really, really old cars that look like this Nash, and gangsters and the whole bit, check it out. Back to this Special Six.

The Nash Special Six was a mid-level car in-between the Standard Six and the Advanced Six. As a lifelong car guy, I tend to go in cycles in my passion for certain eras. I just went through a fairly long and somewhat expensive period of loving and collecting vintage Japanese cars, among others. Years ago, I was heavily into Dodge vans and other Chrysler and Dodge vehicles as well as decades of loving and collecting vintage motorcycles and scooters and any other oddball two-wheel thing powered by gas or batteries. Now I’m starting to get back into these cars from the 1920s and ’30s for some reason. I was born almost four decades after this car was made but there’s something about this era that’s tugging at me now. Do any of you change your vehicle likes or dislikes as you yourself evolve through the years?

I can’t imagine that this interior is original but it looks pretty tidy for the most part. There has to be enough leg and headroom in the back seat for an NBA player I would think.

The engine in the Special Six was a 224 cubic-inch, overhead-valve six-cylinder with 52 hp. The Advanced Six received a bigger 70 hp engine and the base car had a 45-hp six. All of them were seven-bearing engines which was quite an advancement in this era. The seller says that the “Engine ran good a year ago but haven’t started since.” Have any of you owned a car from the 1920s?

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Comments

  1. canadainmarkseh Member

    Scotty my passions have always been for cars from the early 50’s back to the late 20’s, I was born in 1960 and just turned 59 a week ago. I used to be a hard core gm fan but these days I have become more of a Mopar fan, however I also like the odd ball stuff too. This Nash would be great fun to own but the taxi theme would have to go. I’d repaint it forest green with black fenders. And id just repair the tear in the front seat, followed by a repair as required on all things mechanic. As much room as I see in the back seat it sure isn’t the same up front, but theses cars were quite narrow inside and us humans have gotten bigger.

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  2. Fred W

    I was born in ’57 and tend to lean towards the 40’s models, which is atypical for my generation. 20’s cars never really did it for me, although I did own a 1919 Chevy 409 for a while. (That’s right, the model # was 409!)

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  3. David P. Reeves

    I’m 19, and the first era of cars i was interested in was anything strictly from 1946-1960. However, each day my horizons are broadened. 1950’s FoMoCo and independents still hold a significant place in my heart, but I’m into anything from the 1920’s up to 1970’s. I also, embarrassingly enough, have a favor for 1990’s Lincoln Town Cars and Buicks. I guess in my mind they’re the tail end of the RWD American body-on-frame cars and they should be preserved for that.

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    • John M.

      If there were more young people like you, vintage American iron would be safeguarded, appreciated and enjoyed in the years to come.

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      • David P. Reeves

        I seem to be just about the only one interested! My older brother and all of his car friends (in their early-mid 20’s) are interested in zippy Japanese cars of the 1990’s. All’s well I suppose, more American iron to fill my garage with in the years to come.

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  4. mark

    This is a great find and looks to be priced right. Great summer parade car or one to drive to work once in a while.

  5. Ethan

    It’s possible that this car was originally an Ajax.

  6. Bob McK Member

    I am in my 60’s and am lucky enough to have a shop full of 50’s and 60’s mostly GM cars. My 23 year old great nephew is visiting this week. I was hoping that he would take an interest in the cars so I would have someone to leave them to. He looked at them, but is not interested in riding in anything other than the new Raptor. Sad to me… Guess I will need to keep looking for the right person. Probably will not be a relative.

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    • Mountainwoodie

      Bob-

      I’m here! :)

      Have the same situation with my soon to be 19 year old nephew. He doesn’t even have a drivers license! That does not compute. I guess I better sell the Woodie before I descend to hell.

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  7. Tim Ingles

    As stated the Nash Special six was an overhead valve motor , so why does the photo show a flathead ??!! Maybe a clue to the pricing ?

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  8. Old Car Guy

    It is not the original OHV engine. Sometime in the past, most likely in the Great Depression the OHV engine was replaced with this flathead engine. Greatly decreases the value of the car IMO.

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  9. Bob McK Member

    Mountainwoodie…LOL.

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  10. Beemoe

    “Great shape for the age” is one of the most useless, subjective statements a seller can make.

  11. MikeH

    Scotty–Where did you find “Born Reckless”. I can find trailers on Youtube, but nothing anywhere else. I too, love old movies and old cars. If there’s a database out there, I would love to know about it.

  12. Alex Redding

    Small town & cities often didn’t have metered cabs even intio the 70s. Heck Washington Dc wasn’t metered until very recently.

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