Nash was pushing technology in 1941. Bodies and frames were no longer separate entities, but were now “unitized,” in Nash parlance. Nash offered three engines that year, an L-head six, and OHV sixes and eights.
I shot this Nash in 1999 at Bonneville before I began carrying a notebook and regularly asking questions. I’m not sure what was under the hood, but either the OHV six or eight would have been my choice. Why else would you run a stock-bodied ‘41 Nash?
The Nash OHV engines were interesting. Both featured twin-plug ignition systems. The six rocked a 235 cu in 7-main bearing block and claimed 105 hp. The eight had 9-main bearings and developed 115 hp from its 261 cu in. Sturdy stuff.
This early ‘50 Rambler is less enticing than the ‘41. It came with a pedestrian L-head six that probably excited only misers and spinsters. My guess is that it is now powered by something egregiously powerful, such as a blown big-block Chevy. Again, I shot this in ‘99 before I started asking intelligent questions about the cars at Bonneville.
I probably drew this on an evening besotted with wine when I asked myself the question, what would be an unlikely candidate for a late ‘60s gasser like the ones that so enthralled me at the Cordova Dragway in Illinois? Pull out the ol’ Rapidograph and sketch away! Engine? Whatever I wanted, just as long as the headers dumped into collectors exiting the front wheel wells. Didn’t cost nuthin’.
That’s about all I can come up with from my archives that is AMC-Nash related. I think that I once tried to photograph a Pacer and fell asleep while doing so. This can be a nasty business after all.