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By Patrick Foster It is once again my sad duty to report to my fellow Nash enthusiasts the passing of another great Nash-Kelvinator and Nash Motors executive. William E. Reddig, former assistant director of styling for Nash, passed away on … More
Ingvar “Ole” Arneson is a Hudson guy. When you strike up a conversation with the gregarious Wisconsin Rapids., Wis., resident, you don’t have to steer the discussion towards Hudsons. He’ll just take you there regardless. “I’ve owned seven of them in my lifetime,” he says proudly.
So when it comes to hobby cars, Arneson is partial to one flavor, and one flavor only. Until recently April of 2009, that is, when he ran across an amazing, all-original 1954 Nash Ambassador with just 15,000 miles.
Back in 1970, even though he had just bought a flashy new muscle car, Jim Caron just couldn’t help himself. His sparkling new 1969 SC/Rambler was fun and all, but Caron figured that the lonely old 1954 Nash Metropolitan he had seen at a local boneyard needed a new home.
“I dunno, I’m a car guy, I’ve always been a car guy,” said Caron, a resident of Las Vegas. “I had [a Metropolitan] before that, but it was all rusty… Just being the junkyard dog that I am, I had to ask the guy how much he wanted for it. I wound up giving him 40 bucks. Then I put a battery in it and drove it home."
Caron might not have guessed it at the time, but his decision to part with two Andrew Jacksons has blossomed into a longtime attachment to his little Nash, which is now a shiny, fully restored show-stopper More
Nash merged with Kelvinator in 1937, but unlike an appliance, the 1955 Nash Ambassador was a take-notice automobile, even at a time when other automakers were beginning to offer high performance or chrome-enriched glitz. More