Nash 600

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Nash 600
1946 Nash 600 gray 2-door sedan ny.jpg
1946 Nash 600 2-door sedan
Production 1941–1949
Assembly United States
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupe
2-door sedan [2]
4-door sedan
2-door hardtop
2-door convertible
Engine 172.6 cu in (2.8 L) I6
Transmission 3-speed manual
3-speed manual with overdrive
Wheelbase 112 in (2,845 mm)[3]
Length 195 in (4,953 mm) 1941[3]
201 in (5,105 mm) 1949[4]
Width 77.5 in (1,968 mm)
Height 63 in (1,600 mm)

The Nash 600 was an automobile manufactured by the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation of Kenosha, Wisconsin from 1940 through the 1949 model year, after which the car was renamed the Nash Statesman. The Nash 600 was positioned in the low-priced market segment.[5] The '600' name comes from the car's ability to go 600 miles (970 km) on one tank of gasoline due to the combination of the 20-US-gallon (76 L; 17 imp gal) gasoline capacity and its 30 mpg-US (7.8 L/100 km; 36 mpg-imp) fuel economy.


News release drawing of the 1942 Nash 600 showing its monocoque construction

The "600" is generally credited with being the first mass-produced American automobile that constructed through unitized body/frame construction in which the car body and the frame are welded as one rather than the (then) more traditional body-on-frame (the body is bolted to the frame). Unitized construction allowed Nash to advertise that the car was lighter in weight, quieter, and more rigid than its competitors. Elimination of the frame in favor of a combined body-and-chassis construction reduced the car's weight by 500 pounds (230 kg).[5]

Nash's innovation also required new techniques for collision repairs.[6] This included the development of a new portable body and frame puller tool that was quickly accepted worldwide.[6]

From 1942 to 1948, the 600's design was upgraded with new front ends, upholstery, and trim. The 600 had a 33-foot (10.1 m) turning circle.[3] It was powered by a 172.6 cu in (2.8 L) 82 hp (61 kW; 83 PS) straight-six engine that became known for its fuel economy.[7] In 1946, the "600" featured the convertible bed as an option.[8]

Interior styling[edit]

The 1948 Nash 600 (and Ambassador Custom) bore the work of Helene Rother, Nash's new interior stylist. They featured some of the most stylish interiors in the industry. Among her contributions were upholstery and trim colors that harmonized with specific exterior colors.[9]


  1. ^ Farmer, Gavin (2010). Great Ideas in Motion, A History of Chrysler in Australia. Ilinga Books. p. 405. ISBN 978-0-9805229-1-4. 
  2. ^ Kimes, Beverly R.; Kowalke, Ron, eds. (1997). The Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946-1975 (Fourth ed.). Krause Publications. p. 477. ISBN 978-0-87341-521-7. 
  3. ^ a b c "1941 Nash prestige brochure". Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Flory, Jr., J. "Kelly" (2008). American Cars, 1946-1959 Every Model Every Year. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-3229-5. 
  5. ^ a b "Ford and Nash show first new cars". Popular Science: 125. August 1945. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Duffy, James E. (2003). Auto Body Repair Technology (Fourth ed.). Delmar Cengage Learning. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-7668-6272-2. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Struthers, John (1977). Dinosaur Cars. Lerner Publishing. p. 39. ISBN 978-0-8225-0416-0. 
  8. ^ "1946 Nash album". p. 3. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Foster, Patrick (July 2005). "First Lady of Style". Hemmings Classic Car. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 

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