History
Click here to see all 12 Nash history books.
All titles are listed alphabetically by author's last name.
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Charles Nash: From Buick to Ambassador by Daniel Alef
(Titans of Fortune Publishing; Santa Barbera, CA; 2009)

Less of a book and more of a long multimedia article, this biographical profile of Charles Nash's life is perfect for students writing a term paper or for the new Nash fan.

Charles Nash was a dirt-poor farm boy who overcame abandonment by his parents and indentured servitude to a farmer to become one of America’s most successful and accomplished automobile pioneers.

Although he died in the tony city of Beverly Hills after amassing a fortune, he never ventured far from his roots, describing himself as “the most common cuss that lived,” and noting that he was proud of belonging to the “common people.”

One thing is certain, Nash was not a common person; he ascended to the presidency of General Motors because of his unique vision, perseverance, creativity, courage and innate understanding of human nature. B.C. Forbes described Nash as "a very practical authority on what makes for success." Award-winning author Daniel Alef tells the Nash story and his rise to the pinnacle of the automobile industry.

Keep in mind: this book is digital only. You can download it to your Amazon Kindle. You can also download it through the Kindle app on your iPad or other tablet device.

Kindle Edition, $2.99

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Nash -Austin Metropolitan 1954-1962 Gold Portfolio by R.M. Clarke (Editor)
(Brooklands Books; Cobham, Surrey, England; 1995)

Brooklands publishes collector car books that are compilations of vintage news articles. This is another title in that series.

Road tests, specifications, technical data, used car report. There's a lot of vintage information about the Metropolitan: the World's Smartest Smaller Car.

Softcover, New: $25.04

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Nash & Nash-Healey: 1949-1957 (Limited Edition)by R.M. Clarke (Editor)
(Brooklands Books; Cobham, Surrey, England; 1997)

Brooklands publishes collector car books that are compilations of vintage news articles. This is another title in that series.

Lots of road tests and reports from original Motor Trend, Road & Track, and Car Life magazine articles. This book follows Nash from the introduction of Airflyte styling, the Nash Rambler years, the Nash-Healey years of 1951-1954 and on to the final year for Nash: 1957.

(Note: this book is out of print and has been replaced by an "Extra Edition" that is currently in print but not available here.)

Paperback, Used: Prices vary widely. Look for this book used in the $12-$25 range.

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The American Motors Family Album: A Pictorial Roll Call of the Passenger Cars, Commerical Vehicles and Trucks Produced By American Motors and Its Predecessor Companies by John A. Conde
(American Motors Corporation; Detroit, MI; 1976)

John Conde was the Grandaddy of AMC Historians. He worked in Nash/AMC's Public Relations Department from 1946-1976. He witnessed most of the stuff that Nash and AMC did for 30 years.

He was interested in Jeffery/Nash/Hudson/AMC history long before the company itself showed a whiff of enthusiasm.

This book is the third edition of his Family Album series, and it's the most complete book that he published on the subject before he retired from Jeep in 1976.

If you need pictures of any or every Jeffery/Nash/Hudson/AMC vehicle made up to the Bicentennial, you need this vintage, wide-format paperback.

(Honestly, this book is better than the Iconografix title if you're looking for the complete model offerings of every year that Nash was in business.)

Essential.

(Warning: if you buy this softcover from a third-party seller, ask about the condition of the binding. These wide paperbacks tend to wear out and fall apart. Case in point: my copy.)

Softcover, Used: Prices vary in the $12-$20 range.
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The Metropolitan Story by Patrick Foster
(The Olde Milford Press; Milford, CT; 2002)

Friends, this is the best book that Patrick Foster has ever written. It has all the crtitical ingredients: an engaging narrative, interviews with the people designed/built/sold the Metropolitan, and tons of helpful photos.

To help write this book, Foster worked with collector Karl Harris to pore through the files of James Watson, AMC's Sales Manager for the Metropolitan. (Watson saved everything.)

This treasure trove of material really helps to tell the Nash/Hudon/AMC/Austin Metropolitan's story like no one else has before or since.

Essential reading.

Hardcover, New: from $29.95

(Note: this book was originally published by Krause Publications starting in 1996.)

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The Nash Styling Sketchbook by Patrick Foster
(The Olde Milford Press; Milford, CT; 1998)

Instead of me opining, here's what Patrick Foster says about his own book:

"The Sketchbook contains dozens of photos of Nash styling prototypes, mock- ups, clay styling studies, as well as drawings and sketches of dream cars, Nash sports cars, and other ' Nashes that Never Were'. All illustrations are vintage originals from the Nash Styling Studio. Many have never before been published."

I wish there were more books like this for other marques.

Paperback, Used: Prices vary. Look for this book used in the $25-$35 range.
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Rambler 1950-1969 Photo Archive by Patrick Foster
(Iconografix; Hudson, WI; 2002)

Foster has been collecting AMC publicity photos for years. This book puts that collection to good use.

You'll see Ramblers from all 20 years of production along with helpful captions. That means the 1950-56 Nash Rambler and the plain ol' American Motors Ramblers from 1957-1969, including the American, Classic, Rogue, 220, 330, and 440.

On a pop culture note, it's fun to see how these photos reflect the values of the times. Foster's book is not only a visual record of the Nash/Hudson/AMC Rambler, but also an American time capsule from the 1950's and 1960's.

Softcover, New: from $29.95

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Storied Independent Automakers: Nash, Hudson, and American Motors by Charles K. Hyde
(Wayne State University Press; Detroit, MI; 2009)

Incredibly (to me, at least), there was never a business history written about Nash until Hyde published this book. (Yeah, Automobile Quarterly and others have published lengthy articles, but they never called them books.)

Furthermore, there has never before been a comprehensive history starting from the Thomas B. Jeffery Company and motoring through the Nash and Hudson years followed by the final act: American Motors. Until now.

Hyde's book is heavy on these company's corporate histories. He writes a lot about Charles Nash, Roy Chapin, and George Romney. These biographies are illuminating. It's always interesting how the personalities of the founders influence the characters and tone of their companies.

On the fence about buying this book? Listen to our podcast featuring an exclusive interview with Charles Hyde. It's interesting to hear how he discovered the corporate records about Nash, Hudson, and AMC in the Chrysler historical archives.


Hardcover, New: $29.53

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The Legend of the Lucky Lee Lott Hell Drivers by Lucky Lee Lott
(Motorbooks International; Minneapolis, MN; 1994)

Lucky Lee Lott was one of a series of performers who traveled the country from the 1930's to the 70's performing breathtaking stunts with automobiles.

Whether it was jumps or riding on two wheels or some other destructive gimmick that every guy wishes he could do with his car, Lott and his Hell Drivers did it routinely.

This is Lott's story, and the reason he's here is that he used to smash Nashes at county fairs and barnstorming events. He didn't need no stinkin' seat belts or air bags. In fact, there weren't any! Cars (and sometimes bodies) flying! That's entertainment, folks!

Softcover, Used: Prices vary. Look for this book used in the $5-$20 range.

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From Kenosha to the World: The Rambler, Jeffery & Nash Truck Story by James C. Mays
(Iconografix; Hudson, WI; 2003)

Most of us have heard of the Nash Quad trucks, which were famously put to use during World War I. But Nash and its predecessor Jeffery made other types of trucks, too.

This book tells the story of Jeffery trucks starting in 1905 with the Rambler half-ton Delivery and ending with the 1955 Nash Haul Thrift. (Except for the Nash Quad, most of these trucks were never mass-manufactured like the cars were. That's what makes it an interesting story.)

A nice book on an underreported facet of Nash manufacturing history.

Softcover, Used: Look for this book used in the $15-$20 range.

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Nash 1936-1957 Photo Archive by Byron Olsen
(Iconografix; Hudson, WI; 2003)

For the most part, this book covers the years when George Mason succeeded Charles Nash as Chairman and President.

You'll see lots of publicity stills of Ambassadors, Statesmen, Ramblers, the 600, the Metropolitan, and the Nash-Healey. There also helpful captions for each photo.

All photos are black and white.

Paperback, New: from $29.95

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The Hemmings Book of Nashes by The Editors and Contributors of Special Interest Autos Magazine
(Hemmings; Bennington, VT; 2002)

Here's a collection of articles from the late, great Special Interest Autos Magazine.

A popular feature in SIA was the Drive Report, which compared driving/handling characteristics between one classic car and another. This book features vintage Drive Reports on Statesmen, Ramblers, Ambassadors, Lafayettes, 600s, and others.

You'll see 14 Drive Report articles, a comparison with the 1935 Pontiac, and 16 pages of color photos.

SIA was a great collector car magazine, and I'm sure this book represents their usual excellent coverage of Nash cars.

Paperback, Used: Prices vary. Look for this book used in the $15-$20 range.

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