Big Wheel Survivor: 1924 Nash Victoria

In a sea of Model T’s this 1924 Nash Victoria was certain to stand out with its posh styling and immense wheels! Having survived 94 years, this stunning classic is in very reasonable condition considering its age. Thought to have 20,316 miles, this car has obviously been well cared for, and appears very original. You can have some of the biggest wheels at the Greenfield Village Old Car Festival for $29,000! Check out this amazing machine here on craigslist out of Columbia, South Carolina. A big wheel’d thank you goes out to reader Fred H for this astounding submission!

The massive and fancy overhead valve inline 6 engine appears to be complete and rather tidy even with the presence of surface rust. I am guessing that the car is not currently running, but it does appear that this car has lived a rather pampered life so hopefully the engine just needs a gentle awakening. The frame work of the engine bay looks solid and there is no rot to be found. The mechanical advance/retard lever on the distributor is also a neat feature to see.

Inside there looks to be original, or perhaps very old, upholstery that is in nice shape. The seating arrangement is interesting, and there is also a unique vent in the floor, much like that found in houses of the time.

The dash gives some hints as to how posh and deluxe this car was in 1924. Note the factory installed clock, and the nicely laid out gauges. Also the steering wheel is in grand shape and fitting for the time as it is an octagon.  The multi sided polygon designs wound up being popular to the automobile in the 1920’s as many cars had hexagon or octagon shaped headlights.

This car is a bit deceiving as it seems small, but when you scale up the size of the wheels it’s a little bigger than it seems. Considering this Nash is original, I would say it has aged nicely over its 94 years of existence. There is original paint present, and thankfully there is no rot to be seen. There is some surface rust, but in my eyes, this car is rather charming as is. I would polish it up a bit, but would likely enjoy it as it sits. The only real concerns I can see to point out is that the rear bumper has been taken off, but not reinstalled. A restoration would really do this car justice, and as I mentioned before, it would certainly stand out from many of its 1920’s counterparts. Would you restore or preserve this luxurious 94 year old survivor?

Comments

  1. Classic Steel

    Nash looks great! I hope it stays original 👍

  2. Rube Goldberg Member

    My old man told a story when he was a boy, my grandfather had a “tall wheel” Nash. Had to be in the 30’s. The story goes, my grandfather, not going fast, apparently ran over a woman, and was horrified to get out. With the tall wheels, the woman got up, brushed herself off, and kept walking. Can you imagine that today?

    • Roger

      My dad had an anecdote about a man he knew as a child who owned a similar Nash,in fact he called it a “high wheeled Nash”,the owner backed it out of his garage onto the highway then started out then proceeded to coast it for four or five miles until he reached his destination and still had to use the brakes,I saw one of these except a touring car at a show many years ago and it had 33″skinny tires on it-would fit right in today lol.

  3. Madmatt

    This is very nice to see 😍..! I would be afraid To do too much to it at one time,because it is in such great shape,but it should sure be restored. Those big solid painted wheels are all the rage in the lowrider world right now..!, proving that everything old becomes new again…..also that trends do come back around…,may take 90 years,..but they do..😉..

  4. Fred w.

    All it needs is a bumpin’ stereo. Bet the new owner will be hard pressed should he ever have to replace a wheel!

  5. Fred H

    After being in this condition for 94 years it deserves too remain in this condition. Restoring it would be a big mistake.There are enough restored cars already. .

  6. David

    Many of these “survivors” are actually older restorations but that’s still 40 or 50 Years which means even restored cars are actually survivors, just not from new.

  7. grant

    Pretty sure this is what “patina” was supposed to mean. Gorgeous.

  8. Beatnik Bedouin

    Wow, that’s some car! Agree with the others that it shouldn’t be restored, but certainly made drivable.

  9. Scott

    I’m in the restoration club. The notion that keeping it “original” seems like an excuse to put off the restoration that these older cars so desperately need.

    • Brian Birkner Staff

      While I think a restoration would be best, you are talking about $50,000+++ investment to make this car as it should be. The word “restoration” gets thrown around quite a bit, but the word has a few different meanings to some. I think it would be far worse for this car to fall into the wrong hands to be restored poorly, versus being cleaned up and preserved.

      Also I think you would wind up being upside down in this car after a restoration as I don’t believe it to be a $100,000+ car.

  10. Rick McKee

    Someone please restore this grand old car. After surviving 94 years it deserves to be brought back to it’s original glory. Anyone even thinking 0f rodding it should be flogged.

  11. Jim Benjaminson

    So how the the left rear seat passenger get in and out? Assuming the drivers seat tilts forward; amazing how many cars of that era had a small front passenger seat — 1920 Mitchell, 1925 Case, etc. etc.

  12. Scott Tait

    Deserves to be made running and driving again …go through the mechanicals not restored as such

  13. George Soffa

    Cleaning the car up , while bringing all mechanical aspects of the car up to snuff, I also believe some cars should never be restored, if enough of the original patina exists , and is presentable !! To each his own !

  14. EHide Behind

    For me the challenge would be, getting motor running as new. And bringing tranny. Brakes, and rear end up to snuff.
    NO BIG resto, original interior fabric, and paint as close in color as of old.
    Just to hear old mill running again, and see it driven on road again.

  15. Buck Rekow

    Is that an electric fan?

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