Lot 120: Nash 494 Sedan Limousine
The NASH Motor company was born on the 29th July 1916, with the first NASH arriving on the 18th April 1918. All previous "Nash" cars were Badged " Jeffrey's", which was the company Charles Nash took over. Offered here is a quite outstanding, unique example of one of the first produced, which is a 1930 twin ignition, straight 8 - O.H.V. Model 494 Town Sedan 7 seater Limousine, which is believed to be the only example known to still exist. The motor car is right-hand drive, has a division and has "Sedanca de Ville" style coachwork, with a convertible soft top over the chauffeurs position. This is thought to be a conversion carried out after the car had been delivered to England. The famous first owner, Mr Frederic S. Bennett found fame as the driver of one of three Cadillac's to win the DEWAR Trophy in 1908. (See story below). Mr Bennett went on to own and run the Anglo American Car Company of Piccadilly London, the main dealer selling Nash and Cadillac vehicles. A complete file about this gentleman is available from the Beaulieu Motor Museum. Mr Bennett owned this car from 1930 until 1956. After many years undergoing a comprehensive, Nut & Bolt Restoration, from a new Ash Frame up, the car is finished in duo-tone blue with blue leather interior. The motor car was only just completed in time for the CAAC National at Brooklands on the 7th September 2008, where it won the coveted " BEST OF SHOW" award. Its large 5 Litre engine has been rebuilt and converted to run on Lead free Petrol, drives through a 3 Speed Transmission and is described as being in A1 Condition throughout, with one or two minor alterations for modern driving, This car requires nothing more than a new caring Owner. This very rare car has an M.O.T through to September 2009 and Historic Road Tax to March, it still requires running in having only completed less than 100 miles since the completion of the restoration. It can therefore be driven and enjoyed or shown. Offered complete with photographic evidence showing how comprehensive the restoration has been, the car was saved by its present owner, who has spent many man hours and a considerable amount of money, including a Hand built American ash frame, New Wiring Loom, Chrome, Bearings, Brakes Paint etc, the list is almost endless. This magnificent motor car is only offered, reluctantly, for sale, due to the lack of space. This Nash has received very high praise from the president and historian of the Nash Club of America. It is though to be unique and represents quite outstanding value. Frederic S Bennett and the Dewar Trophy: In 1907 Cadillac sales world-wide were falling dramatically. Frederic S Bennett, who had imported the first Cadillac into the UK, and gained early fame when he drove a 1903 car in an eight-day, 1,000 mile reliability trial, decided to demonstrate the marque's potential by entering Cadillac for the Dewar Trophy, the prestigious award for innovation in motor car manufacture which has been awarded just 38 times in 102 years. Bennett realised that Cadillac's strengths lay in the (then) unique interchangeability of its components. He and two colleagues drove three Cadillac's to Brooklands, completed a set number of miles and then returned to the dealership. Once at the dealership, the three cars were completely stripped, all the parts shuffled together and the cars rebuilt. They all ran perfectly, an achievement for which Cadillac became the first American manufacturer to win the Dewar Trophy. Cadillac then boasted that they set the 'Standard of the World'. In 1953, at the age of 79, and with the aid of a young racing driver called Stirling Moss, he made motoring history, and headlines across the country, recreating the 1903 time trial, in the original car, which he had owned for half a century. He covered 1,094 miles in eight days at an average speed of 21.25mph, much faster than when he did the trial fifty years previously, when there was a 12mph speed limit in the towns and 20mph elsewhere.
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