1950 Nash Rambler Convertible

Summary

This 1950 Nash Rambler convertible was an attempt to market a small automobile to the American public. Other independent automobile manufacturers had produced small vehicles, but none to the success of the Rambler. The compact Rambler was attractive, well equipped, and sensibly priced. But in the 1950s, big cars ruled. Only by 1960 did the larger "Big Three" auto companies produce an "in-between-sized" car.

This 1950 Nash Rambler convertible was an attempt to market a small automobile to the American public. Other independent automobile manufacturers had produced small vehicles, but none to the success of the Rambler. The compact Rambler was attractive, well equipped, and sensibly priced. But in the 1950s, big cars ruled. Only by 1960 did the larger "Big Three" auto companies produce an "in-between-sized" car.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1950

Creators

Nash-Kelvinator Corporation 

Nash Motors Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Wisconsin, Kenosha 

Creator Notes

Made by the Nash Motor Company division of Nask-Kelvinator Corporation in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

 On Exhibit

On Loan - Automotive Hall of Fame (Dearborn, MI)

Object ID

87.176.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of American Motors Corporation.

Material

Metal
Glass (Material)
Vinyl
Rubber (Material)
Chromium
Plastic

Color

Light gray

Dimensions

Diameter: 3.125 in  (Bore)

Length: 3.75 in  (Stroke)

Height: 59.5 in

Width: 73.5 in

Wheelbase: 100 in

Length: 176 in

Inscriptions

On hubcaps: NASH (in red)

Specifications

Make & Model: 1950 Nash Rambler convertible

Maker: Nash-Kelvinator Corporation, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Engine: inline-6, L-head valves, 173 cubic inches

Transmission: 3-speed manual

Height: 59.5 inches

Wheelbase: 100 inches

Width: 73.5 inches

Overall length: 176 inches

Weight: 2430 pounds

Horsepower: 82 at 3800 revolutions per minutes

Pounds per horsepower: 29.6

Price: $1,808

Average 1950 wage: $3,180 per year

Time you'd work to buy this car: about 7-1/2 months

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