1932 Nash Standard Eight 1070 Town Sedan


  • A seemingly well-preserved example of Nash’s entry level eight-cylinder sedan
  • Noted for its originality and seemingly solid presentation belying its 91 years
  • A very rare car, especially on UK roads, so sure to prove a real head turner  

The Appeal

The Nash Motor Company was founded in 1916 by a former General Motors President, Charles W Nash. Nash started producing cars bearing his name in the former Rambler car plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Nash’s somewhat ineloquent mission was to produce cars "embodying honest worth [at] a price level which held out possibilities of a very wide market." Nash went on to prove an innovative manufacture and serial first adopter of the latest automotive technologies.

This Standard Eight Sedan represented the entry model to the exclusive eight-cylinder Nash range. The car retains that charming early 1930’s “Al Capone” look and seems remarkably preserved for a car now into its nineties. The originality appears outstanding, and the car is understood to be in an immediately useable, serviceable condition. Surely a unique proposition for the pre-war enthusiast.  

The History and Paperwork

  • This example was produced in Wisconsin in 1932
  • Little is known of its life before coming to the UK
  • The first UK owner bought the car from a US keeper, coincidentally in Wisconsin
  • The car was imported to the UK in 2015 to form part of a private collection
  • The Nash was first UK registered in November 2015
  • The car was thought to have been stored, unused until February 2022
  • The second UK owner bought the Nash at this stage
  • The previous owner ran a company providing cars for film and TV use
  • This car was purchased specifically for use in a UK shot film
  • The Nash was recommissioned for this purpose in 2022
  • The car was trailered between locations and run minimally for its scenes 
  • The Sedan was acquired by a specialist American car parts business in August 2023
  • Minimal paperwork is on hand for the Nash
  • The current V5 in present in the name of the owner
  • This classifies the Nash as an Historic Vehicle
  • As such it is considered VED and MOT exempt in the UK

The Interior

  • The key to this car’s interior seems to be its originality
  • It is thought that the upholstery, head lining and dashboard are all original
  • Inevitably there are some signs of use and wear, but these are minimal
  • The front cabin features a full width bench seat
  • This is finished in a charming velour type fabric
  • The bench is finished in vertical box pleats with deep buttoned details
  • Some minor wear is noted but fully qualifies as age related patina
  • The rear cabin is complete with an identically trimmed bench seat
  • Scrolled armrests are present at each side of the bench
  • Other period detail includes chromed ashtrays and fabric grab handles
  • A functioning rear window blind is also present
  • The side panels, door cards and headlining are all finished in matching velour
  • The dashboard is an art deco delight and fully original
  • It is formed from a black fascia panel onto which are set two lidded cubbies
  • The instruments sit within a decorative scrolled chrome binnacle
  • A set of five white on black gauges monitor the car’s systems
  • A big, Bakelite three spoke steering wheel is fitted
  • Other charming touches include a McAleer crackle finished heater
  • Other controls include a free-wheeling knob and ride adjustment handle
  • A chromed handle is present to position the pillar mounted spot lamp

The Exterior

  • The Nash is finished in a period appropriate two tone black and blue livery
  • The roof panel, running boards and wings are finished in black
  • The central sections are finished in a complimentary blue hue
  • The paintwork is thought to be original and, if so, is in a fine condition
  • Of course, some scratches, cracking and chips are evident which is to be expected
  • The nose of the car is dominated by the huge, chrome backed headlights
  • These sit either side of the tall, slatted grill
  • An additional pair of smaller driving lamps sit above the chromed bumper
  • At the sides the running boards are finished in grip providing rubber
  • This appears complete if a little perished
  • At the rear a spare wheel is housed in a body coloured, coach lined cover
  • The wheels are the original 16-inch wooden spoked items
  • These are painted in blue and appear in a fine condition
  • A set of white walled period correct tyres are fitted

The Mechanics

  • This Nash is fitted with the 4L straight eight engine
  • This is an OHV unit breathing through a rare original Stromberg EE2 carburettor
  • Power was originally quoted at 85bhp at 3,500 rpm
  • Power is fed to the rear wheels via a three-speed, synchromesh manual transmission
  • This example has previously been fitted with Willwood disk brakes
  • The original drums are included if reversion to factory specifications is desired
  • Hydraulic dampers were fitted allowing for adjustment of the ride’s firmness
  • A handle in present in the cabin for this purpose
  • The Nash was recommissioned for use by the previous owner in 2022
  • As such it is understood to run and drive as would be expected 


It is fair to assume that this has been a well-cared for and cherished car throughout its life. It wouldn’t have reached its 91st year in such fine, and highly original, condition if that wasn’t the case. It comes as no surprise that the car was sourced to feature in a film set in the period of its manufacture. If you asked Central Casting for an archetypal 1930’s American Sedan surely this Nash is what would arrive.

Cars of ninety plus years old are intrinsically rare, of course. Nash cars in the UK in this condition that run and drive must be vanishingly so. Given that, this is a car that is likely to be enthusiastically received and admired wherever it goes. Definitely one for the connoisseur who favours the rarest of the rare.


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1932
  • Make Nash
  • Model Standard Eight
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 59,212 Miles
  • Engine size 3933
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Leicester
  • Location Leicestershire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
1 bid
  • henry-s•••• £1,000 21/09/23

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