1950 Nash Ambassador Super
Engine: Inline 6
Displacement: 234.8 Cubic Inches
Horsepower: 115 BHP
Cost New: $2,359
The 1950 Nash Ambassador was essentially the same car as the previous year. The only exterior changes were slightly larger bumpers and a wider rear window. Nash was continuing its "Airflyte" design, which consisted of a "Uni-body" construction, covered wheel openings, a rounded "fast-back" and a one-piece curved windshield. These factors led to better drag coefficient than their competition, and the nickname "bathtub."
The interior, also redesigned in 1949, continued with the "Uniscope" gauge cluster. All gauges were placed within a round pod set atop the steering column. The other controls were mounted lower on the dashboard, while the radio and the ventilation controls were housed in the center of the dash and could be covered with a roll-down shade. Nash was also the first U.S. manufacturer to offer seat belts in all models this year.
A unique feature of the 1950 Nash was its fold-down front seats. The split-back front bench seat could be reclined to form a double bed. To enhance sleeping comfort, Nash designed a custom-fitted roll-up mattress with an available zipper case that could be purchased at an extra cost and be stored in the trunk. The intention was to offer modest occasional overning accommodations for the traveler. However, this would also earn Nash the dubious distinction of being the "make-out" vehicle of choice for teenagers coming of age in the 1950s.