Lot 6

2018   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2018

1949 Nash Airflyte 600 Sedan

SOLD $88,000


$35,000 - $45,000| Without Reserve





Car Highlights

Remarkably Original Unrestored Example
Just over 5,600 Original Miles
Lovingly Preserved by Its Original Family Owners for over 50 Years
Beautiful Example of Mid-Century Streamlined Design
Presented with a Volume of Photographs, Registrations, and Advertisements

Technical Specs

172 CID Inline L-Head 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Carter 1-Barrel Downdraft Carburetor
82 BHP at 3,800 RPM
3-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
4-Wheel Coil-Spring Suspension
Register to Bid

The 1949 Nash Airflyte was the brainchild of Nils E. Wahlberg, Nash’s vice president of engineering. Developed in a wind tunnel, its aerodynamic shape featured a sleek, rounded body, a one-piece curved windshield, and signature enclosed fenders. The car’s wind-cheating design allowed it to achieve 25 mpg and travel 500 miles on a single tank of fuel. Upon its introduction, the Airflyte was easily the most streamlined car on the road.

This Airflyte 600 Sedan is a fascinating time capsule. Purchased new by Lawrence Henderson of Grafton, West Virginia, on February 2, 1949, the car has traveled just over 5,600 miles from new. Mr. Henderson lovingly cared for the Nash until his death in 1984. He left the car to his nephew, who continued its stewardship through 2005 before sending it to its third owner.

Today, this Airflyte Sedan remains virtually untouched. Its original gleaming black paint and brightwork present beautifully. Inside, its spacious interior features original gray wool upholstery, an impeccable Uniscope dash, and a rubber floor mat. The car even rides on its original Goodyear Super Cushion tires.

Said by the current owner to run and drive beautifully, this incredible survivor is offered with its delivery tags, early registrations, service manual, advertisements, jack, lug wrench, and original spare. This is an extraordinary opportunity to acquire a strikingly original example of a groundbreaking American automobile.