Lot 201

Hershey 2018

1948 Nash Ambassador Custom Cabriolet

The Richard L. Burdick Collection


$38,500 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania



Chassis No.
  • Offered from the Richard L. Burdick Collection
  • The last Nash full-size convertible produced
  • One of just 1,000 built and very few known survivors
  • Attractive older restoration with modifications for easy driving

Nash Motors emerged from World War II with a number of models missing from the catalogue. Eight-cylinder cars had been discontinued with the closing of the assembly lines in February 1942, and convertibles had missed 1942 entirely.

Thus, it was noteworthy when an open cabriolet model re-emerged for the 1948 model year, as an upmarket-trimmed Custom model in the flagship Ambassador line on a 121-in. wheelbase. Only 1,000 were built in the 12-month model year ending in October 1948, and they were the very last full-size Nash convertibles ever produced. They were a brief but glorious, well-engineered, and beautifully styled effort.

The example offered from the Burdick Collection is one of very few Ambassador Custom cabriolets in existence, and was acquired by Richard L. Burdick from an owner in Auburn, Indiana, in 2005. An older restoration, it wears very nice, well-preserved chrome trim and paint in the factory color of Stratos Blue, with a blue and tan interior and tan canvas top. Accessories include Nash-badged fog lights and a grille guard. Under the hood, the engine has been built to drive, with dual carburetors, an aluminum head, headers, and an alternator, allowing for more power for modern highway driving – and blackwall radial tires aid in a more enjoyable experience. The odometer had recorded 77,791 miles at the time of cataloguing.

A rare survivor of one of the most desirable post-war Nash automobiles, this is a car made for driving in Arizona or Florida this winter, under a shining sun.