The 1948 Nash was designated the 600 because it could cruise 600 miles on a tank of gas. The three-speed shifter on the steering column was standard for the rear-wheeled drive train with overdrive. The car weighed an estimated 3,000 pounds. A standard feature was the wooden dashboard.
The engine was 172 cubic inches and produced a whopping 82 horsepower and had a top speed of 73 mph. The Nash Slipstream four-door sedan was produced from December 1947 until October 1948.
Charlie Nash was president of General Motors from 1912-16 and then he left to build his own car company. He took with him the engineer from the Cadillac division, and that is why the emblem on the front of the car bears such a striking resemblance to the Cadillac marquee.
Joe Livingston was a business owner dealing in rugs and carpets in 1991 when a customer pulled into his parking lot in a Nash for sale. When Joe got a good look at the car he calmly told his wife that this car would never leave his lot. He has owned it for 25 years. His fondest award has been Best of Show at the 1998 gathering for the 50-year reunion celebration of Nashes in Richmond, Ind.
Joe shared the knowledge that many times a dealer would take a Nash off the transporter and upgrade it to a deluxe model and sell it for a higher price after adding whitewalls, rings on the hubcaps and a sun visor on the windshield.
When delivered new this car was sold in Muncie.
Until next time, happy cruising!