Friday, July 7, 2017
San Ramon Street Sighting - 1939 Nash Lafayette
Ambassador Six (121") or Ambassador Eight (125"). I didn't have a tape measure on me when I photographed this car, and it doesn't have badges denoting its model series. Looking at it generally, I would guess at a standard Lafayette Special or Lafayette DeLuxe. The 1939 Nashes received new styling that made them really quite contemporary. Park this car next to a 1939 Plymouth and you have a lot of similarities in styling. Both are some of the few cars offered that year with rectangular headlamps. The Nash has a look that's sort of a cross between the Plymouth and a '39 LaSalle with its prominent tapered hood and upright grille, with a formal grace that falls short of the wild shapes of the 1939 Graham Spirit of Motion. The Nash is a very art-deco car with its stylized grooved bumper over-riders and block letter badging.
original paint color. The light green looks like it could be Travelers Green, though there is also a darker shade that could be Tyrol Green. Note the early 1963 black license plates, a nice vintage touch that have likely been on the car for decades. I don't know the owner's plans for the car but it does move around. I'll be interested to see where the project goes from here.
Photographed May 2017