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Pick of the Day: 1951 Nash Statesman Custom Club Coupe

Unmatched in comfort and economy

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Everyone was rushing to introduce a new car after World War II. Studebaker was “first by far with a postwar car” and, other than airplane-influenced styling, it was rather conventional. Most of the new cars that followed through 1949 more of the same, but Nash took a different tack with the Airflyte.

1951 Nash Statesman Custom Club Coupe
1951 Nash Statesman Custom Club Coupe

This 1951 Nash Statesman Custom Club Coupe is a great example to demonstrate Nash’s relevant differentiating benefits while also offering extreme rarity, which is why it’s the ClassicCars.com Pick of the Day. It’s listed for sale by a Minnesota dealer. (Click the link to view the listing)

When Nash introduced its first postwar series for the 1949 model year, it looked unlike anything on the road. A unique feature was monocoque construction. “Ten minutes at the wheel of a 1951 Nash Airflyte will show you the wonderful differences in strength, in riding smoothness, in rattle-free quiet, in safety, that are made possibly only by Airflyte construction,” read the brochure. “Someday all cars will be built this new and better way,” which was no lie.

1951 Nash Statesman Custom Club Coupe
1951 Nash Statesman Custom Club Coupe

By 1951, Nash offered three models: the compact Rambler, the Statesman (112-inch wheelbase), and the long-wheelbase (121 inches) Ambassador. Within the latter two were trim levels like Deluxe, Super and Custom that dictated interior appointments and exterior brightwork. Statesman and Ambassador Custom models included foam cushions, two-tone upholstery in long-wearing needlepoint and diamond patterns, electric clock, directional signals, chrome wheel discs, and courtesy lights front and rear.

1951 Nash Statesman Custom Club Coupe
1951 Nash Statesman Custom Club Coupe

This particular Nash Statesman Custom Club Coupe is 1 of 38 built—that’s right, only 38 people ordered the Statesman Club Coupe in the Custom trim level. The rarity doesn’t necessarily come from the trim level but rather the body style, as the Club Coupe came with two lounge chairs out back (versus the 2-door Sedan came with a traditional rear bench).

Like all Statesmen, this black beauty is powered by an 85 gross horsepower 184ci inline-6 that the seller claims includes a new and correct Carter carburetor, rebuilt fuel pump, and general engine tune-up. You’d be correct in thinking the Hydra-Matic Drive automatic transmission was supplied from General Motors. Seller also indicates the interior is in “spectacular condition” and appears to have been recently restored, including the plastic seat covers. At $39,995, you can fly into Minnesota and drive home knowing you can sleep on the road thanks to Nash’s famous reclining seats.

1951 Nash Statesman Custom Club Coupe
1951 Nash Statesman Custom Club Coupe

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.

4 COMMENTS

  1. The individual “Chairs” in the back are singularly well, odd, in a way, but, well, “clubby” but it’s strange that only the vertical side panels match the white of the front bench seat, while the sitting surfaces are the “mocha” color – there’s a story of some sort there, if the interiors are original (not redone).

  2. it makes one wonder IF companies like Nash/Tucker ect ect had of stayed in bus –Would we have Better, more stylish cars?

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