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The Nash Rambler: The Big 3′s Competitor

The Nash Rambler: The Big 3′s Competitor

 Nash RamblerThe President of the Nash-Kelvinator Company, George Mason, saw that his company needed to design a car to compete with the “Big 3”, and it had to be something that those companies did not have. He decided to concentrate on a compact car that was small, yet still would fit 5 passengers comfortably.  Finally, he wanted a car that would save Nash on materials but still get great fuel economy and that would compete with companies that were dominating the lower price segment of the market (i.e. Chevrolet, Ford and Plymouth).  His outcome, the first successful modern American compact car, the Nash Rambler.

1955 Chevy Bel Air

1955 Chevy Bel Air, 150 & 250

1955 Chevy 210

1955 was a good year for the Chevrolet branch of General Motors. The 1955 Chevy models were the first to include the legendary small block V8 that the car company has produced longer than any other engine. No other engine in the world has been mass-produced for so long. At the time, though, the V8 was only an option on the 1955 Chevy models, which included the 150, 210, and Bel Air.

The Chevy Corvair

Chevy Corvair : When you are a kid in grade school people will make fun of you if you copy what someone else is doing with the schoolyard chant of “monkey see, monkey do.”

However, when it comes to automobile manufacturing mimicking the success of others is simply good business.

When you look at the history of the industry you find that many vehicles  that we have come to know and love were “inspired” shall we say by a model produced by another company that had great success.