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1929 Nash 4 passenger coupe w/rumble seat

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Looking for input on what this 1929 Nash 4 passenger Coupe with rumble seat may be worth.

Serial #49538 / Engine #378697 / Body #460-R-2694 / Body style Nash - Seaman 

Wheel base 130 inches Wood  / Rumble seat 

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Cool car! More details such as if it has any rust, does the engine turn over?

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Nice looking body style.  Looks alot longer and sleeker than a chevy or Ford of the era. 

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I see a CA tag.  Is it still in CA.  It will have a little different value in different parts of the country.  

Do you know about any of the mechanics?  Does it run?  When did it run last is it now seized or free? 

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I have a friend who just sold a rock solid 34 Nash 8 cylinder business coupe in slightly better condition for 8500.

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2-3,000 car in my opinion. George Albright. Used to own an nice original one. Couldn’t sell it so I donated it to the Garlits Museum 

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2 hours ago, auburnseeker said:

I see a CA tag.  Is it still in CA.  It will have a little different value in different parts of the country.  

Do you know about any of the mechanics?  Does it run?  When did it run last is it now seized or free? 

It is now in AZ. We have had it as is for 20 years 

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Impressive Nash "400" Advanced Six Model 460 Coupe on the 130-inch wheelbase.

No wonder it impresses...it's a big car!

 

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I think Richard Bloomquist had a near perfect one of these for sale some years back.  Maybe his son Cord is still floating around here and can fill in the details.

 

Project cars are tough,  even desirable ones such as a business coupe.  But this is a neat car, so hopefully someone will restore it.   Hot rodding would be a crime but I could see that happening.

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I was thinking around 5G.  I'm not sure if a restorer would pony up that but I could see a hot rodder spending that pretty easily.  I think an easy sale at that in the North East.  Maybe a little tougher in AZ but you can't beat something in an attractive body style like that. 

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13 hours ago, Dave Fields said:

Your posted serial number is incorrect. It is a 1929 twin ignition 6. The engine number is 1000 from the last 1929. Also measure your wheelbase. I think only the 7 passenger sedans had 130 inch wheelbase. HP is 78. This is the big Nash for 1929.

I will have to check - the ledger is what we have in the records from prior owner

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18 hours ago, auburnseeker said:

I see a CA tag.  Is it still in CA.  It will have a little different value in different parts of the country.  

Do you know about any of the mechanics?  Does it run?  When did it run last is it now seized or free? 

We have owned it for the past 20 years. Not sure about the mechanics or if the prior owner had it running or when

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With the 130 wheel base I would go to the $2500-3500 range, still a lot of work to get her back on the road, great looking Nash, nice cars to drive.  If you have the crank starter, most likely under the front seat, you could try turning the engine over make sure it is out of gear. 

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I just noticed on1957 road master post that the ad said it is a 130" wheel base

(bottom of picture,left side)

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Pretty soon you will have to pay some these sock puppets to haul it away.

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Contrary to the popular all the old cars are dieing because nobody wants them cheer,  I think there is a much larger number of people out there interested in old cars, even these from what I have seen selling, than we are led to believe.   The mainstream folks keep telling everybody excess is bad and we need to live in a tiny house and have nothing to be happy, we need to forget history because, well it's in the past.

 When that latest rave drops off and people realize it isn't bad to lust after something and there is a desire back to work with one's hands,  which will be harder and harder with newer cars you will see the market correcting some then going up again.    I'm sure this is not what alot of guys dream of finding,  but then again most have never seen one.   It only takes a few guys as there are probably only a few examples available to keep them alive.  Remember every flood, Hurricane, tornado, Forest fire or export to a third world country leaves one less.   I still stand by 5G.  Get it running and driving and maybe 7500.  If I was closer I would take a look.   The problem is I tack 2500 right off the bat if I were to persue it. 

Do you have the headlights?   Is the wood good?  

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Auburn

I'm fairly confident that the amount of interest hasn't changed, it has just shifted. There will always be interest, in my opinion. The main thing that has changed, however, is that since the interest of many cars (and in this case serious projects) has shifted from those with money to those without money, the amount of money the new interested parties are willing to pay has steeply been reduced. It's more of a drastic market correction.

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30 minutes ago, West Peterson said:

Auburn

I'm fairly confident that the amount of interest hasn't changed, it has just shifted. There will always be interest, in my opinion. The main thing that has changed, however, is that since the interest of many cars (and in this case serious projects) has shifted from those with money to those without money, the amount of money the new interested parties are willing to pay has steeply been reduced. It's more of a drastic market correction.

The "I want it Now!" generation has even more to do with it IMO. People can't wait two to five years for a restoration, go to an auction buy what you want then flip it in a year or so when it is time to move on. Bob 

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While there is probably some truth to want it now generation generalization, I think West is more on the mark. The middle class today often has less "disposable income" than it did say 25 - 40 years ago. And at the same time even a largely owner done old car "fix up " {as opposed to a true restoration because we all know how much that would cost} has become quite a bit more expensive. Something has to give and from my point of view it seems there are fewer middle class people involved with middle class hobby cars. The interest is seemingly still there it's just the shop space, tools ,  and basic old car expenses that are limiting involvement.  All the car cruise ins Cars and Coffee, shows seem to be as popular as ever,  But without a ongoing hobby project the people then don't develop the old car hobby skills as it  rarely comes from other life activities anymore { nobody fixes things much anymore} .  The high end seems as buoyant as ever, its the formerly mass participation middle that seems to be aging out of existence.

 

Greg in Canada

 

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On 2/1/2019 at 5:40 PM, Dave Fields said:

The paper ledger you posted shows a 6 diget number that I cannot read on my phone. You typed in a 5 digit number.

 The serial # is 495398 - I posted incorrectly 

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I love your car! I can't believe some of the low numbers that some are throwing out. It looks like a solid car to me, what does the odometer read? A bit of the car's history could fill in some of the blanks. Try to resist doing anything with it until you at least find out if the engine is free. If it isn't free put some penetrant down the plug holes, and try to free it up. I can't imagine this car-solid with a free rotating engine, and some history, being worth less then $9-11k. I would love to have it in my garage!

Do some research-tell us a story, we love a good story. Search out the Nash club, maybe there is a chapter close by. Ask questions, find out how many might have survived. Try to resist low ball offers. If nobody steps forward  with an offer you can't resist, wait until spring and put it on Ebay. Then contact us, to let us know that it's there. Who knows some of us may be willing to bid for it.-Bill

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