Imagine the double takes you’ll get when you’re seen coming over the horizon in this 1930 Nash Series 450 Hot Rod
Are you looking to get behind the wheel of a ride with maximum visual impact? And are you tired of the same old Ford, Chevy, and Mopar hotrods? Look no further. Its niche is all about transforming a vintage, Pre-War car into a no holds barred, one-of-a-kind result, and with a surprisingly comfortable custom leather interior and ever-reliable 350 V8/700R4 powertrain, this uber-unique Nash (if you can still call it that) absolutely delivers as one of the coolest hotrods we’ve ever seen.
With its blacked-out ‘RatRod’ inspired exterior, long wheelbase, and ultra-low profile, this Nash will stand out in any crowd of modded classics and conventional streetrods. It captures the spirit of what a hotrod was intended to be all along, but with an upgraded appearance that’s equal parts steampunk and Mad Max. Picking a Nash (rather than a conventional Ford or Chevy antique) to turn into this amazing piece of custom machinery took a lot of guts to begin with but executing it to such a high level required even more skill. The top was chopped to lower the profile and a retractable black canvas roof was incorporated, which means open-air cruising is definitely on the menu when the weather permits. It’s slammed on a custom frame that was painted gray and chromed, and the oversized wheels are spread out at the extreme corners and mounted outside of the body like all the first streetrods were. Custom fenders were purposely fabricated to allow the oversized wheels to pop out – paradoxically giving the car a fenderless profile, and add-ons like the custom visor over the windshield (which tilts open just like it would’ve in 1930), custom side mirrors, and the LED taillights/3rd brakelight out back all add to the bespoke curb appeal. Excellent Satin Black finish is utilitarian to the max, laid down with great precision over laser-straight bodywork, and the monotone shade is contrasted with gray pinstripes that encircle the body, custom gray bumpers fore and aft, and bright hardware found throughout. A few traditional cues remain, including the iconic grille and oversized headlight setup, running lights mounted on either side of the cowl, and the lightweight doors and hinges. The custom side-pipe exhaust is an amazing old-school hotrod feature, and you can follow it up to the exposed engine bay to see the monster that powers this ride. It’s a beautiful, high-end build, so sake your time and soak it all in – don’t worry, we can’t stop looking at it either.
The custom work continues inside where the cabin was transformed just like the exterior, and all the completed work is top notch. Sporty, low-back buckets (like those commonly found in rat-rods) were upholstered in luxurious diamond-cut hides and provide comfort for two, and the door panels at the flanks were finished to match. Down below, the floors were coated in black spray-in bedliner material that’s tough as nails and a sinch to clean, and thick carpeting protects the footboards under the driver and passenger. A classic, Pre-War style dash/window frame set-up remains, although it’s been accented with gray paint to match the exterior bumpers/frame and filled with a set of sophisticated Classic Instruments gauges. An Alcantara-rimmed Grant steering wheel feels exciting in the hands of the driver, and no Rock-a-Billy style build is complete without an extremely tall shifter – which in this case is a top-of-the-line Lokar unit that manages the 700R4 automatic transmission below. Other goodies include a SunPro tach mounted to the right of the polished steering column, custom cup holders that look like they were made from piston skirts, and a USB port mounted inside the dash. Entertainment comes via a Pioneer AM/FM/AUX/BT stereo and upgraded speakers in the rear, shoulder seatbelts were thoughtfully added, and even the spun aluminum gas tank mounted up high behind the seats manages to look incredibly cool.
A 350 V8 sits in full view inside the engine compartment, with its jet-coated long-tube headers at the flanks shined-up and poised ready to strike. It’s a well-equipped engine that’s reportedly been punched to a 383 Stroker and wears a pair of finned black valve covers and a trio of incredibly cool, custom fabricated trumpet-style air cleaners that were painted gray to match the build’s color scheme. A trio of Rochester 2-barrels sit atop an Offenhauser aluminum intake and help build power, and the soundtrack is downright erotic as the small block exhales through those baffled side-pipes. A Mallory distributor and Accel coil and spark plug wires instantly crank the block to life, while a giant aluminum radiator was cleverly fitted inside the Nash’s original grille shell to keep the temperatures at bay. There’s more than enough power when you consider how little this rod weighs, but it’s not so overpowering that you’ll be hanging on for dear life when you hit the throttle. The V8 pairs with a sturdy 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, so its one of the rare Pre-War rods that can actually handle the highway, and it spins a Ford 9-inch rear end that can withstand just about anything you throw at it. A chromed hairpin/radius rod front suspension pairs with disc brakes and upgraded shocks, and it works in concert with a 4-link set-up and coilovers out back – so this Nash actually drives and handles great. Chrome Cragar S/S wheels are the classic Old-School endcaps that every serious build deserves, and they come wrapped in delicious looking 215/70/15 front and 285/70/15 rear BFGoodrich wide whites that add an exclamation point.
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