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The Nash Rambler Deliveryman – Bottom Dollar Transport

Nash Rambler Deliveryman Station Wagon

We have had a 8 x 10 press photo of the Bushie & Sons Nash two-door station wagon in our files for years and thought it might have been for use in newspaper ads. The AACA Library & Research Center recently posted this two-page brochure showing the same image in a Nash Rambler brochure on the AACA Forum. 

The exact year that this Nash Rambler “Deliveryman” was built is not known but it was possibly offered during years of 195o and ’53 when this body style was in production. During that period, the automaker also offered a more upscale version of the economy car that it called the “Custom Station Wagon”. Both models are small cars on a 100-inch w.b. chassis that was powered by a 173 c.i. flathead six that produced 82 h.p. and returned up to 30 m.p.g.

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While this bare bones offering with bathtub styling was aimed both at craftsman as a work vehicle and small businesses to use for deliveries, it leaves it ranking quite low on the list of exciting automobiles. It appears the two-door station wagon type of production delivery vehicle probably dates back to the Model “A” Ford sedan delivery and possibly earlier?

Can ours readers tell us what was the first economy based two-door vehicle of its type with a glassed in rear section to be produced? Was it in the 1930s or earlier or was it first offered in the years just after World War II.

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8 responses to “The Nash Rambler Deliveryman – Bottom Dollar Transport

  1. When the alternatives are a full size truck or a family wagon this seems to me to make perfect sense for a small business owner of the era. Whether picking up supplies for a tavern or delivering hardware to a job site, it’s ideal. As a bonus, the econobox Nash can double as personal transportation after hours.

    It’s like the Jimmy of it’s day.

  2. It would have been a perfect size for small deliveries, but that slug of an engine made it a “town” car only. I had an earlier Nash with that engine and it would not get out of its own way.

  3. My parents had a red Nash Rambler like this. However it might have been a different model I always thought theirs was 4 door. I was too young to remember other than the color and style was shaped like this.

  4. The Nash, and Rambler of that vintage are some of my favorite 50s cars. Even as a boy, I thought they were unique, odd, but strangely appealing. Today, I love them even more.

  5. Hemmings Motor News has one for sale. 1953 Nash “sedan delivery”. Needs work, but cool. Has potential.

  6. Wiki claims, the “Deliveryman” was introduced as a new model in 1952, and was dropped for 1954, so the car shown would be a ’52 or ’53. Sedan deliveries were nothing new, and apparently, you could get windows or not. It sold new for $1892, which, at that time, wasn’t cheap, $16, 892 in today’s money. But for small businesses, this was the hot ticket.

  7. haven’t been able to come up with a clear answer on whether this sort of a vehicle was available pre war. Hard to imagine there wasn’t, but the closest I can come to a production version is the Chevy Suburban which is more truck than car. Most if not all station wagons pre war were four door woodies, there were plenty of sedan deliveries but nothing that I could find that had windows per se. unless it was custom coachwork.

  8. Load that puppy up with fertilizer or concrete bricks or something similar and one would have needed a horse and tackle to pull it over the hills you can readily find in rural areas. Great MPG, but not a very flexible engine, IMHO.

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