Restoring a 1953 Nash Rambler Custom Convertible The Rambler Custom convertible
for 1953, when 3,284 were assembled , featured an electrically operated top that opened
and closed like a roll-top desk on the fixed side-window frames. They came standard with a
deluxe steering wheel, fancier upholstery, foam seat cushions, directional signals, clock,
courtesy lights, chrome wheel discs, and a Continental spare, all very lavish by 1950s
standards. (article & photos)
The Metropolitan The Metropolitan was the first small American car designed for mass
production. It was designed by William J. Flajole, for Nash Motor Division of Nash-Kelvinator
Corporation but built by Austin Motor Company of Birmingham, England. First marketed as
Nashes, later also as Hudson Metropolitans after the two companies merged as American
Motors Corporation in 1954. It became a stand-alone brand neer the end of its run.
1948 Studebaker Land Cruiser Studebaker was the first American auto manufaturer to
get an all new design launched after the end of World War II. The Land Cruiser was the top
of the line. Text for this article was provided by the current owner, also a friend from one of
Pop's car clubs. Exterior and interior photographs are by Pop. The car now resides in the
San Diego area. (article)
Beep Beep Car songs abound in American history but few have achieved the cult status
of this bubble-gum balled about the race between a Cadillac and a little Nash Rambler. The
Playmates' Beep, Beep, released on Roulette Records, entered the Billboard charts top
40 on June 9, 1958, made it to number 4, and stayed in the top 40 for 12 weeks. Play it on
a jukebox today and you are almost sure to get an instant sing-along.
Great Calendar Art These came from the kind of calendars that do get hung in Beach
Bum Cove. These illustrations are artist renditions of pre-war cars from the American
Independents. Back then, they were all truly independent and separate automobile
manufactures and these are some of the best vehicles they offered.
people have different ideas of what a car should be. Some want their car to look just like
it did when it left the factory. Others want their ride to reflect the personality of the person
who owns it. Chris Denove of Camarillo, California, wanted his car to be bright and shiny
but pretty much stock on the outside. But inside, that was where the magic happened.
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