Lot 18

2013   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2013

1947 Nash Ambassador Suburban

SOLD $143,000


$150,000 - $225,000





Car Highlights

An Extremely Rare Post-war Woodie
Fewer than 20 Examples are Known to Exist
Wonderful 1940s Streamlined Styling
Beautiful Strato Blue over Red Color Scheme
Carefully Maintained Show-Quality Restoration
Best in Class at the 2001 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
Numerous First Place and Best of Show Awards at AACA and Nash Club Events
Offered with Extensive File of Documentation and Factory Literature

Technical Specs

235 CID OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Carter Downdraft Carburetor
112 HP at 3,400 RPM
3-Speed Column-Shift Manual Gearbox with Overdrive
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Springs

Saleroom Addendum

Please note that this car is titled 454676

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Extremely rare when new, the survival rate of these fascinating wood-trimmed Nash automobiles is incredibly low. Today, fewer than 20 examples are known to remain. Of the limited number of survivors, the Suburban presented here is quite possibly the finest restored example extant.

The history of this extraordinary wood-trimmed Nash can be traced back to the 1970s, when the rare Ambassador was in the possession of Darrel Hagen of Puyallup, Washington. In late 1977, Kim Norback of Sebastopol, California, purchased the car from Mr. Hagen and performed a light mechanical restoration.

In 1984, Linn Davis of Sunland, California, purchased the Suburban from Mr. Norback and sold it to Nash collector Jerry McIntosh of Tucker, Georgia, two years later. After preparing the car for a thorough restoration, Mr. McIntosh advertised the project for sale in spring 1992.

The unusual Nash immediately captured the attention of James Fritts, an East Coast collector with an interest in fine American classics. After negotiating a purchase, Mr. Fritts commissioned Chris Davis of Charleston, Illinois, to perform a show-quality restoration and sent the original wood paneling to David Kraus in Allendale, New Jersey, for cosmetic attention.

In 1995, the complete restoration was begun with the intention of competing at the highest levels of judged competition. Throughout the process, Mr. Fritts conducted extensive research on the model and spoke with leading marque specialists to ensure accuracy in every detail. Completed in March 1999, the Ambassador Suburban was finished in Strato Blue, a correct 1947 Nash color that offers a striking contrast to the fine wood paneling and dark red upholstery.

In 1999, the Nash earned its First Junior and Senior Awards at AACA National Meets in Tennessee and Virginia. Over the next five years, the beautifully restored Suburban was displayed at numerous AACA shows and earned many impressive awards including Best of Show, Best Discontinued Auto, and President’s Cup.

Between 2000 and 2002, the Suburban continued to draw a favorable response at local and national concours. In 2000, it received Best of Show honors at the Central NASHional in Branson, Missouri; in March 2001, the Nash won its class at the famed Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance; and in 2002, it received Best in Class at the Grand NASHional in Racine, Wisconsin. Thanks to its outstanding concours pedigree and extreme rarity, the Suburban was the subject of feature articles in both Woodie Times and The Nash Times.

Offered with an extensive file of documentation that includes factory literature, correspondences, service records, and model history, this magnificent Nash Ambassador Suburban represents a once- in-a-lifetime find for collectors with an appreciation for unique examples of Americana.