It’s certainly not every day that you get to see a 1930 Nash, and it is even rarer to find one curbside. But that’s exactly where I found this brick red two door as I walked along Monument Circle in the heart of Indianapolis.
If those wheels and tires aren’t enough of a clue that this isn’t a period-correct restoration, know that there’s a tiny sport steering wheel in there, and Nash grilles were all chrome in 1930. It makes me wonder what’s under the hood. Probably a Chevy crate engine. No judgment: if the owner is happy, I’m happy. But Nash was known for its sixes and eights, some of which featured two spark plugs per cylinder, which Nash called “twin ignition.” As best I can tell, this is a 400-series car, which would have come with one of the sixes.
Hard telling whether this originally had the single-ignition or the twin-ignition six. But the twin-ignition cars came with better features and appointments than the single-ignition cars. They were more luxurious and probably rode better.
This car was no show queen; it showed a fair amount of road dirt. Props to the owner for driving his old car. But this rear corner of the car was clean enough to reflect the buildings of Monument Circle.
Monument Circle is a roundabout in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It dates to the city’s founding in 1825, so Indy had a roundabout well before roundabouts were cool. With the exception of a very old church, all of the buildings on the Circle have curved facades.
In the center of Monument Circle stands the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, which is currently undergoing restoration. It was completed in 1901. The Circle is a real destination in Indianapolis and on any sunny day you’ll find it full of people.
But enough about the Circle; back to this Nash. I took a selfie of sorts in the Nash’s chrome headlight nacelle. Its curvature was enough to flatten the façade of the building behind me.
I lingered a moment, kind of hoping that this Nash’s owner would see me photographing his car and come tell me its story. Alas.