The Adventures of a 1951 Nash

It was a surprise, and love at first sight, when we spotted a 1951 two-tone custom Nash wagon at Auctions America’s 2014 Fort Lauderdale March auction. Bidding was lively for this one-of-a-kind creation, but stalled at $49,000, which was below the owner’s reserve. Unexpectedly, a week later we ran across this car again -- this time it was for sale in the car corral at the Daytona Spring Turkey Rod Run. It was getting a lot of attention, and we expected it would soon have a new owner. However, apparently it didn't, because we spotted it again crossing the stage at Mecum’s Kansas City auction in April. This time, the bidding reached $55,000, but it was still under the owner’s reserve price. Later in the year, this custom wagon made an appearance at Mecum’s Indy auction, where it received a high bid of $45,000. Everyone who sees this Nash agrees it is a very high level build, but so far no one has been willing to pay the necessary price to take it home. But, now the Nash is Back, this time at Barrett-Jackson, where it will be offered at no reserve. Wonder if the current owner will get his asking price this time. Here are just some of features of this unique custom.

  • A photo album detailing the custom build,
  • 350 V-8 Chevy with 4 speed automatic,
  • Fully tricked-out engine bay, including a custom engine cover,
  • The top has been chopped 2” and the bottom of the doors have been extended to eliminate the seam,
  • The side panels are from a 1949 Mercury and headlights are from a 1952 Mercury,
  • All the glass has been mounted from the inside,
  • Custom leather interior, custom dash, custom center console, etc.,
  • Alpine sound system,
  • Air conditioning,
  • Remote control doors, windows, and rear hatch, and
  • Many other special features, including a matching surfboard.


Sold! The Nash finally sold at Barrett-Jackson's 2015 Scottsdale auction, although perhaps not for the price the previous owner expected. Nevertheless, the new owner got a great deal at $36,000, and the previous owner can use the proceeds to move on to his next classic car project.