A dying wish for one last ride in a 1956 Nash Ambassador

A dying wish for one last ride in a 1956 Nash Ambassador

One of his final wishes was to take a ride in his 1956 Nash Ambassador. With the help of his family and ClassicCars.com, Patrick McKay got his wish.

Classic cars are more than just driving machines, they’re time machines. Family road trips. First dates. Weddings. Funerals. Chances are the cars associated with those events can be easily recalled. At least that was the case with Patrick McKay.

An Irish immigrant who realized the American dream during the 1950’s, Patrick was a full-time bus driver, business owner and adventurer. When he wasn’t driving buses, Patrick wanted to ride in style. This lead him to purchase an ultra-stylish 1956 Nash Ambassador.

The Nash was the focal point of Patrick’s life as a young adult. He impressed his wife on their first date with that car. They drove it on their honeymoon. It became the touring vehicle for his families many adventures. The Nash was the beginning of a legacy.

But when an employee of Patrick’s was in need of a vehicle, Patrick agreed to sell it to him for 75 dollars. That employee later perished in a collision, along with the Nash.

Even 50 years after losing his precious Nash Ambassador, Patrick considered that car “the one that got away”.

As his health began to fail, and his mind succumbed to the affects of dementia, Patrick’s conversations would often drift back to the Nash and the fond memories it provided. One of his final wishes was to take one last ride in a blue 1956 Nash Ambassador.

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With the help of his family and ClassicCars.com, Patrick McKay got his wish.


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  • Isaac Gonzalez
    December 21, 2017, 3:46 PM

    To all the people that made this happen for this family, I applaud all your efforts. May God repay you ten fold.

  • Thomas Vaught
    December 22, 2017, 6:41 AM

    Oh mother country, I do love you.

  • dennis ballard
    December 22, 2017, 4:08 PM

    Heart warming. I still have the 1934 Chevy coupe I bought as an eighteen year old in 1963.
    It has been and remains, special to me. God bless everyone involved in giving Patrick that
    final ride in his dream car, it would have meant so much.

  • jeff Whitaker
    December 26, 2017, 8:08 AM

    What a beautiful story! I have had the honor of helping in car "Bucket List" purchases over the years. It is something special. Nice job helping this man!

  • scott brandt
    January 11, 2018, 3:24 PM

    Kudos to all involved. Does the ole heart good to see love and understanding in the world today. Great post……..Scotty

    • Bubba Nicholson@scott brandt
      January 13, 2018, 11:28 AM

      The VW bug that carried George W. Bush to glory in May of 1971, and Steven Spielberg to status of "household word" in 1972, was, alas, stolen by a bank with two payments left.

      • John Durdin@Bubba Nicholson
        April 24, 2018, 9:21 AM

        Brought tears to my eyes ! Sadly most people don,t get it !