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Flashback: Twin 1948 Nash Convertibles

Posted January 14, 2009 5:01 PM by dstrohl

For those of you unfamiliar with Nash/AMC history, John Conde was a longtime PR man for the Kenosha-Detroit company, but just as significantly, he loved to chronicle old car history, and he was known to retrieve important memos and other documentation from Nash and AMC dumpsters - back in the days before commerical shredding services. Thus, he offers a number of particularly valuable insights in this story on early post-war Nashes from SIA #37, November-December 1976.

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01/12/2009 10:26 AM

A different era indeed!

"It's a little-known fact that thousands of early postwar cars were delivered minus bumpers, especially without rear bumpers. Enterprising dealers used to install temporary wooden bumpers, usually fashioned from 2x4s."

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01/15/2009 3:50 AM

Whereas these days they are delivered with loads of superfluous over complicated electronics which breakdown in a year or so leaving you unable to lock the car, or even worse, start the damn thing.
Maybe they weren't so dumb.
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01/16/2009 11:55 AM

And the bumper guards were filled with 10 pounds of LEAD! Makes you wonder how they got 30+mpg outta those sleds...

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01/16/2009 4:22 PM

"Makes you wonder how they got 30+mpg outta those sleds... "

It's all about inertia. That's the reason one of the cardinal rules of hypermiling 'stay off the brakes and go easy on the gas'.

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