Jean-Claude and Lucille Marcoux of Mt-St-Hilaire, Quebec, are the proud owners of a spectacular piece of automotive history:
“Our turquoise Nash Ambassador Custom Country Club Airflyte two-door hardtop beauty was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the fall of 1953, or maybe 1954. Soon after birth, she was adopted by a couple in Kamloops, British Columbia, with said adoption at a cost of more or less $2,735 (suggested price). It was to be the ONLY CAR this couple possessed for their entire lives! The husband died ten years before his wife, who garaged the car till she departed also, at age 84. Her heirs sold the car to a 70ish man in Vancouver who soon fell ill and decided a few months later to sell the car.
“A man living near Hull, Quebec, across the river from Ottawa, bought the car sight unseen and had it shipped by rail in November 2002. When my wife and I saw the Nash we just fell in love with her. It didn’t hurt that Italian designer Sergio Pinin Farina had something to do with her special beauty.
“We wrote the man a cheque, and were soon on the road heading east. The ride was fantastic – quiet, smooth, and powerful. On that day, I drove her through the 38,000 mile mark. Our Nash was brought to a good mechanic who took her through a complete inspection, tune-up, and minor repairs. He discovered that our new antique was not equipped with fuses but had breakers! Just like in a house…imagine! In 1954! Then our beauty got a brand new paint job. She still had her original paint that needed some ‘freshin’ up.’ Also, the back bumper was rechromed. The interior is original except for the front seat recovered with material shipped from Oregon.
“During the last ten years, we’ve been travelling all around Quebec, accumulating thumbs-up and trophies, oftentimes also in the U.S., even winning First in Class in the
2007 Nashional held in Boston (also featured in Collectible Automobile magazine as part of their coverage of Nash). She’s a knock-out and people just love her! I can’t tell you how many people approached us asking if she was for sale (she’s not!). Oh yes, Lucille has baptized her…’Palazzo’ (in keeping with her Italian-inspired design).” And with a fold-back front seat, these cars were famous for their travel beds.
The 1954 Nash represents the final year of that nameplate as an independent company. On May 1, 1954, Nash and Hudson merged together to form American Motors.
Written by Bill Sherk The Old Car Detective
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