Nash Tail Fins

Nash Tail Fins – Nash was always the red-headed-stepchild of the American automobile industry throughout its history. Over the years it was a stylish car with unique features and was very dependability. In 1949 Nash introduced the “bathtub” Airflytes and Nash went from unusual to just pain weird. The popular airflytes were aerodynamic and had skirted fenders that made them unmistakable. In the 1950s, Nash automobiles were all about style and tailfins. Then in 1954 Nash and Hudson merged to form American Motors corporation.


1951 Nash Tail Fins
1951 Nash Tail Fins

Nash skirted fenders aided with the aerodynamics and contibuted to the automobile’s unique look, but made for a large turning circle and difficult tire changes. A 1951 Nash facelift brought a vertical grille instead of a two bar horizonal grille and for the first time tailfins.


1952 Nash Tail Fins
1952 Nash Tail Fins

In 1952 Nash celebrated its 50th anniversary and promoted it’s cars as “Golden Airflyes” 1952 was the first year for Nash two door hardtops. Also new was a larger 252 cubic inch 120 horsepower six cylinder engine.


1953 Nash Tail Fins
1953 Nash Tail Fins

Nash advertising promoted the Statsman and Ambassador as “Pinin Farina” latest styling, but in fact they were little changed in appearance from 1952. “Pinin Farina” (short for Carozzeria Pininfarina) is an Italian car design firm and coachbuilder in Cambiano, Italy. The Nash story would continue under American Motors for 1954.


1954 Nash Tail Fins
1954 Nash Tail Fins

The most popular Nash in 1954 was the compact Rambler. The were offered as two and four door sedans, two door hardtops, simiconvertible (a two door sedan with a full fold-back fabric roof) and this station wagon with it smaller tail lights. 91,121 Nash cars were produced in 1954.


1955 Nash Tail Fins
1955 Nash Tail Fins

The redesigned 1955 Nash carried over their traditional skirted fenders but featured inboard headlights and a new grille that gave it a unique look. However, their was very little change to the tailfins and taillights.


1956 Nash Tail Fins
1956 Nash Tail Fins

New for 1956 was a Nash four door hardtop sedan and a four door hardtop wagon. The six cylinder engines went from flat head to overhead vales boosting horsepwoer. A new grille and tail fins appeared in the ’56 Nash.


1957 Nash Tail Fins
1957 Nash Tail Fins

Nash made an effort to keep its head above water with a surprisingly effective facelift in 1957. The facelift included restyled side trim and dual headlights. Tailfins remained about the same as ’56 Nash automobiles. In 1957 Nash and Hudson relegated to history and AMC introduced the Rambler as a separate make.