I will take that Funky-looking Nash Ambassador over any of these other rides! It was the deemed "Worlds finest traveling car" due to the ability for the seats to fold down into a bed to make sleeping arraignments..
I'll admit I didn't know, never seen, never heard of the "Mustang Pickup" and now that I have, well not a fan. As for "oddball" vehicles; I've always been the one in our group to show up with a few, but not the ones, high priced ones noted in this article. My "what - where - why did you buy that" oddballs included a Ford Pinto Wagon with a 289 VW - old local newspaper delivery vehicle, a 4 door Ford Maverick - Police Interceptor (shouldn't got rid of this one, great car), a AMC Pacer that I really should have kept simply for value reason, but it was a little "rusty", and a 1978 mercury zephyr which I had, then gave it to my daughter when she turned 16, then to my nephew, then back to my son, then I fixed it up, cleaned it up and like others sold it; those are my "Oddball" cars; all I enjoyed and loved.
I have seen a mustero in perfect shape at a national mustang show about 10 years ago. I didn't like it then and do my like it now, although it is more of a mustang than the mach e. For this compare, I am all in on that mercury. It looks bad to the bone! Imagine pulling I to your local cars and coffee with that? Very c0ool
It's the Range Rover and the over priced Mustang this time. And I'm thrilled that Runge has a waiting list. We need specialty car makers in America, as opposed to the empty techno product being produced now. I wish someone would do something with Gullickson and his Packard rights and design an attractive sedan, also the Atlanta should be bought from its owner in Florida and made as well. I know that there is a limited market for this sort of thing but I think their contributions are vital because they give blood to a bloodless product mix.
I used to be the guy with weird stuff. You just never knew what I would drive up your driveway in next. But the weirdest I ever had was a Pinto Ranchero. made from two station wagons. That one got a lot of looks. The one I always wanted to build and have not done yet....a PT Cruiser convertible turned into a 1930's style five window coupe.
As far as I know, Marmon-Herrington is still around offering their 4WD conversions. A few years ago, I had a customer with a special-order medium duty Freightliner truck that had a Marmon-Harrington conversion. It was kind of difficult getting parts for it. The local Freightliner dealer had to look into it before admitting that the conversion truck was built on their assembly line. Then everything was cool, as was the truck.
Also, of note, besides the standard OHV inline 6 cyl. in The Nash Ambassadors, they were also available in 1955-6 with a Packard-sourced V-8. These also included the exclusive Packard UltraMatic 2-speed automatic with a lock-up torque converter. This transmission evolved into one made by Detroit Gear, the forerunner of the 3-speed Borg-Warner automatics.
I love the Nash and it takes the weird crown for me. Just a few years ago I saw a derelict one sitting under a tree around here, but it has since disappeared. The Fiat is simply beautiful, only weird compared to other Fiats. The Mustero does absolutely nothing for me. I've seen many homebuilt Ranchero conversions of other cars - Studebaker Wagonaire, Pacer etc. so it's nothing special, even if it was built by a dealer. The Runge and the Cizeta are just two more low production supercars, like Koenigsegg. Nothing weird there, although I am intrigued by the V-16.
In 1962 a brand new Ford Ranchero was selling for not much over $2,000, so paying twice that much to convert a Mustang into a pick-up does seem excessive. The conversion I've always wanted is a Cadillac pick-up; these were known as "flower cars" and were used by mortuaries to transport flowers from the service to the graveside.
The rear fender medallion shown on the Mecum site reads "V EIGHT", the Nash's engine is obviously a straight six. Notice how the dual rearview fender mirrors have a different setback. I'm surprised the dent at the bottom of the left-rear door wasn't removed from such a pristine car.
Auto union is my favourite, I found a lovely blue/white one in a scrap yard in England in 1975, everything was so different to our cars often regret not rescuing it, but I was just a kid. Nice to see I could buy one today and much cheaper than the mustang pick up!
The Nash brings back a lot of memories. When I was a teen ager I spent a week in the summer at my grandmothers place in Los Angeles. There was a Nash dealership about a block away. I passed it often and would go in and look at the cars. Yes it was not one of the hippest designed cars but it sure was good looking. The three tone paint was well done and the interior was very luxurious compared to the other comparable priced cars of the time.
Grew up in a Nash/AMC family. We had a chartreuse Ambassador, among a dozen or so other company cars. As for the pickup, there’s a turquoise bullet Bird out there somewhere that looks a lot better. cid:BB2EB03B-CB40-4C35-8164-91D1CA6CDCD7
I lived in Tulsa in the late '50's and on my way home from grade school one day there was a similar Nash tri-tone (pink/black/gray) parked on my street. To me it looked like something from outer space. I may have seen another one in my life but that one has stuck with me all those years. This was of the era where pink and black clothing was all the rage, a narrow window of time in the fashion world for sure. In the '90's I was an instructor for a community college auto tech program and we took in cars from the general public. A client brought in his Bill Blas designer Matador and while the solid color blue was no match for the tri tone Ambassadors of years past that "touch of weird" was still there. J