Grandpa’s car: Was it a Nash?

From reader Bob Arper:

The attached picture is my sister-in-law’s grandparents’ car but no one still living remembers what the car was. Can you or OCW readers help identify the car?  We did a little comparison looking online and it does have similar lines and features of a Nash as far as we could tell but that is purely a guess. The attached was scanned from an old picture.

Additional information that I’m sure won’t help but the picture was taken on the then outskirts of Albany, NY, where they stopped to pick berries.

Thank you!

Bob Arper

Was the car a Nash? Or something else? If you can help, leave your comments below!


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3 thoughts on “Grandpa’s car: Was it a Nash?

  1. Gary Cowles

    I believe this car is a 1927 Standard Six Studebaker, which would make it a model EU. The fluted bumpers, fenders, small acorn style cowl lights, position of door handles and the long visor over the windshield are identifying characteristics. However, this could be an early 1928. Studebaker had three designs in 1928 and these were called the model GE. This picture is accurate for the first design of 1928. However, for the second design, the visor remained the same, but the fenders became full-crowned fenders, and the bumper lost the fluted lines and was fully plated. For the third design, the “acorn” cowl lights were replaced by larger lamps on the cowling, which now had a chrome strip across the full cowl. Also, the third design 1928 had a cross bar mounted between the headlights with an insignia “6” or “8” to identify the number of cylinders. The Standard Six EU was renamed the Dictator GE in 1928.
    The 1927 EU production records show 65,333 cars built. The total of all three designs of the next model in 1928, the GE, was 48,339 cars. The odds are that this was one of the 1927 models.
    I am in the process of restoring a 1928, second design, model GE. I intended to just paint the car I have owned since 1969. Of course, it’s turned into a frame-off project, with anticipated completion this summer so I can take the finished car to the Studebaker Driver’s Club National Meet in South Bend July 30-August 3.

  2. Bob Arper

    Gary, thank you for your response! I sent the link to my brother and his wife so perhaps they have seen your response by now. I was gone over the weekend so I didn’t see your response until tonight. We certainly wish you the best with your restoration of the 1928 Mode GE second design Studebaker!


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