1950 Nash Ambassador Custom - Jay Leno's Garage

Publicēšanas datums 1 dec 2014
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Original and unrestored! Go for a ride in one of Jay's favorite fastbacks, complete with Select-O-Matic start, Ultramatic transmission and of course, Weather Eye.
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1950 Nash Ambassador Custom - Jay Leno's Garage
Jay Leno's Garage

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  • Dave Macmurchie

    Dave Macmurchie

    Pirms 3 dienām

    My aunt had one of those, and later my father bought the economy model, which also had the "Pulmanized" seats. Car camping really meant something on fishing trips.

  • Scott S.

    Scott S.

    Pirms 10 dienām

    Never miss nap time again!

  • Gunar9000


    Pirms 12 dienām

    Im only here for the classics! All the new stuff is not quite as fun with Jay as the old Cars.

  • Created Eccentricities

    Created Eccentricities

    Pirms 16 dienām

    A "My Pillow"? Say it ain't so, Jay!

  • Mark


    Pirms 17 dienām

    I think the weather eye is watching me.

  • uncle gargameld gargameld

    uncle gargameld gargameld

    Pirms 17 dienām

    also sold as the Austin ambassador in the UK

  • John C. Bojemski

    John C. Bojemski

    Pirms 18 dienām

    Jay, I understand and appreciate your love of classic cars but without exception ALL of them were rolling "death traps" if you crashed! No seatbelts, no airbags, no "crumple zones" to absorb impact, infiltration of the engine block past the "fire wall" into the passenger cabin, etc. Beautiful but deadly machines. And YES! I envy you your fantastic collection of them all!

  • Robert Ansley

    Robert Ansley

    Pirms 18 dienām

    I found one in decent condition for $18k. Not bad!

  • HappyComfort


    Pirms 20 dienām

    Love those cars!!! 🥳👍

  • Pete Spurgeon

    Pete Spurgeon

    Pirms 20 dienām

    The Nash bed , wow this car would have been absolute killer on Prom nite , still would be on a road trip.

  • Bob Schenkel

    Bob Schenkel

    Pirms 20 dienām

    If I may be so bold, the term I have always heard for the "vent window", is "wind wing". Not sure if it is right, it just sounded cool. Love these videos Jay.

    • Robert Ansley

      Robert Ansley

      Pirms 18 dienām

      I remembered them as vent windows, although a quick Google search will return _Vent Wing_ , _Wing Vent_ and the ever popular _Vent Wing Window_ . These are my favorite car review videos.

  • Alwhite1929


    Pirms 25 dienām

    Always liked the skirted front fenders on these. Great job Jay.

  • Ted Thomas

    Ted Thomas

    Pirms Mēneša

    I love these old cars--- keep these coming.

  • Rayland Raybels

    Rayland Raybels

    Pirms Mēneša

    A 'jiffy' is wisconsinite for pretty darn quick.

  • محمود محمد الحسيني عبدالوهاب العليمي

    محمود محمد الحسيني عبدالوهاب العليمي

    Pirms Mēneša


  • Daniel Thoman

    Daniel Thoman

    Pirms Mēneša

    big, ugly and awkward and clunky looking.

  • gary gulley

    gary gulley

    Pirms Mēneša

    Absolutely Love those cars Jay Thanks!

  • Gary Langley

    Gary Langley

    Pirms Mēneša

    My neighbor's 1953 Cadillac has a Hydramatic, and it has a park function, but no park position on the shift quadrant. The car is shifted into neutral, then turn the ignition off, and last put the shifter into the reverse position. You can hear the parking pall click, and the car will not roll.

    • Robert Ansley

      Robert Ansley

      Pirms 18 dienām

      Add that to the way this car starts and nobody today would know how to drive it!

  • Stephen Eckart

    Stephen Eckart

    Pirms Mēneša

    They were beautiful- looked a lot like my dad’s 1948 and 1950 Hudsons...

  • gp johnson

    gp johnson

    Pirms Mēneša

    It's Just a nice old gir.l ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha, @5:07 minutes

  • Scott Diamond

    Scott Diamond

    Pirms 2 Mēnešiem

    Wonder where a guy can buy that special "6 volt wire"? Couldn't find it on Amazon.

    • Robert Ansley

      Robert Ansley

      Pirms 18 dienām

      Even the ever favorite JC Whitney catalog doesn't carry that. They are now CarParts.com. I tried helping out but came up empty. Good luck.

  • Ray Hansen

    Ray Hansen

    Pirms 2 Mēnešiem


  • James Greeko

    James Greeko

    Pirms 2 Mēnešiem

    Lol it looks like a bumper car like they have at amusement parks

  • SharkSport


    Pirms 2 Mēnešiem

    the slide down radio cover is so you dont kick it in your sleep.

  • Obsolete_Enigma


    Pirms 2 Mēnešiem

    I think the Nash Super 600 is the best. I hope to one day own one. I found one once, but it was so IMMENSELY rotten, i just didn't have that money. It was legit just a Rotten Chassis and nothing more. It didn't even have a roof.

  • Larry Shaver

    Larry Shaver

    Pirms 2 Mēnešiem

    ONE-piece windshield in 1951 is quite a breakthrough

  • Ronald Fazekas

    Ronald Fazekas

    Pirms 2 Mēnešiem

    Looking at the grab straps flapping in the rear--reminds me of the Phyllis Diller line--"On dates, I always had trouble getting my feet out of them"

    • Mike Kaatman

      Mike Kaatman

      Pirms 20 dienām

      VW Bugs were infamous for those.

  • Ronald Buss

    Ronald Buss

    Pirms 2 Mēnešiem

    In the 1950's my family moved from North Central Wisconsin to South Eastern Wisconsin. My dad went from working in a shop that made pots and pans in Menomonie, Wis. to working on a assembly line making Nash / Ramblers in Kenosha, Wis. There was actually a time when American Motors Corporation (AMC) made the Jeep. During the 1950's and 1960's Kenosha had a good bus service and was known as the City of Parks with its 50,000 population. Today Southeast Wisconsin is considered the trashy part of the state by some, and American Motors no longer exists. If you go to Kenosha today you will see open fields where the car factory once was (like on the corner of 30th Ave, and 52nd St.)

  • Jon Doe

    Jon Doe

    Pirms 2 Mēnešiem

    My grampa had one of these and I remember sitting on his lap hanging on to the wheel while he drove. Thanks for the awesome presentation Jay! Love your insights!

  • john maki

    john maki

    Pirms 2 Mēnešiem

    My Dad had a '50 Nash Statesman Super...ONE OF THE WORST CARS EVER BUILT!

  • BAgodmode


    Pirms 2 Mēnešiem

    I love those interiors. So spacious, like a living room with recliners and sofas. That’s what I want from contemporary cars of today.

  • Wientz


    Pirms 2 Mēnešiem

    One thing that Jay never mentioned...Is that car able to make a sharp turn, or is it limited by the fender skirts?

  • Jerry Callender

    Jerry Callender

    Pirms 2 Mēnešiem

    My gramma had a 1950 Ambassador and
    I often marvel thqat a 4'9", 105# woman
    drove this monster car - NO power steering...

  • Ganda Hikmawan

    Ganda Hikmawan

    Pirms 2 Mēnešiem

    Dads won't allowed their daughters to be picked up in one of those, interesting history.

  • morris p.

    morris p.

    Pirms 2 Mēnešiem

    We had one of these when I was a very little kid. I remember it had a huge fold down arm rest in rhe middle of the back seat I used to sit on so I could see out the windows. Dad installed 'curb feelers' so Mom wouldn't scuff the tires lol. Ah yes .... the good old days. Cheers.

  • Dan B.

    Dan B.

    Pirms 2 Mēnešiem

    Once you get over 65........plenty of time to smoke a cigarette waiting for that to happen.

  • Raymond Weldon

    Raymond Weldon

    Pirms 2 Mēnešiem

    Also, I remember the "hose off the dash" bit from when Jay got started on, I think it was, Not Necessarily the News. Early 80's I believe. Still funny.

  • Raymond Weldon

    Raymond Weldon

    Pirms 2 Mēnešiem

    "It's not unusual to find a Kia or Hyundia crushed up under the wheel well" ~ You crack me up Jay.

  • Marcos Villa

    Marcos Villa

    Pirms 2 Mēnešiem

    When I was about 20 years old in 1989 I saw a 1950 Nash driving to a gas station in Tucson Arizona. It was for sale. I wanted to buy it. It was all original but worn out. The owner said he was asking $10,000 at the time. He wanted to sell it someone who would keep it original. I was making minimum wage at the time, and I didn’t have $10,000. I really wish I could have bought that car.

  • Crazycar 401

    Crazycar 401

    Pirms 2 Mēnešiem

    I wish I knew where Jay Leno got the jingle from. Can't find it anywhere on Youtube.

  • demo3d


    Pirms 2 Mēnešiem

    For physicists, a jiffy is how long light takes to travel a distance of one femtometre, which is a millionth of a millionth of a millimetre. That means that there are about three hundred thousand billion billion jiffys in a second. A jiffy also has an electrical meaning. It is the length of a single cycle of alternating current. In the UK’s 50Hz system, a jiffy is thus one-fiftieth of a second.

  • BeingRomans829ed


    Pirms 2 Mēnešiem

    Start the car with the shifter. Seats make a bed,
    Why don't today's automakers have such imagination?

  • steve perry

    steve perry

    Pirms 3 Mēnešiem

    when we were kids we used to make fun of the nash cars because they looked so funny to us but now i think they look way cool. kind of one of the pinnacles of late 40's styling with many innovations that were ahead of it's time.

  • H. Ellsworth

    H. Ellsworth

    Pirms 3 Mēnešiem

    I find it insane that these cars were made in my home town of Kenosha in Wisconsin

  • Daniel Skorich

    Daniel Skorich

    Pirms 3 Mēnešiem

    My Pillow Biter guy!

  • Scott Pearce

    Scott Pearce

    Pirms 3 Mēnešiem

    Very cool car.

  • Neil Hendricks

    Neil Hendricks

    Pirms 3 Mēnešiem

    Sweet. Thanks.
    I loved: You hit your head on that dash - they just clean it off and sell it to someone else.
    Classic. And, too true!

  • G.F. Brynn

    G.F. Brynn

    Pirms 3 Mēnešiem

    I had to smile. "$2.00 a night!" "Why, that's ridiculous!" 😄

  • First Last

    First Last

    Pirms 3 Mēnešiem

    The Nash and the Hudson belong in their own room of the garage.

  • Russ


    Pirms 3 Mēnešiem

    Hey Jay I had the 1959 Nash and drove my family to New Port in the 80's. What a beautiful car and it drove smooth. I fixed up the interior and it came alive. Unfortunately the block got water in it and I couldn't get it fixed. Someone is out there driving a Great car. Yes it did have lots of room.

  • Kate Nash

    Kate Nash

    Pirms 3 Mēnešiem

    I love it, I think shes gorgeous 🥰

  • William Parmley

    William Parmley

    Pirms 3 Mēnešiem

    So many features that carried over to Rambler: WeatherEye, Lift to Start, reclining seats, torque tube...



    Pirms 3 Mēnešiem

    The drivers door is a different color. You could match that better Jay.

  • Stevie Jo

    Stevie Jo

    Pirms 3 Mēnešiem

    What made it a Custom trim? It's a Ambassador Custom..

  • Stevie Jo

    Stevie Jo

    Pirms 3 Mēnešiem

    The underneath is what a car like this needs to look like

  • Stevie Jo

    Stevie Jo

    Pirms 3 Mēnešiem

    A beautiful example of an Ambassador!

  • Stevie Jo

    Stevie Jo

    Pirms 3 Mēnešiem

    This car was from another time period, it was the beauty of themPost War Years, a time that cars doubled as a hotel room. What a period..

  • lookoutleo


    Pirms 3 Mēnešiem

    in 6 years up to $21000 to buy one of these , us normal working guys will never own thesenow. we will just get to watch videos on youtube instead. seems if its old its only for the ritch

  • flyinwalenda


    Pirms 3 Mēnešiem

    Early amusement park bumper cars were modeled after this car .

  • joe welnack

    joe welnack

    Pirms 3 Mēnešiem

    Nash didn't go out of business but merged with Hudson to make American Motors; btw that 238 was made up to 1965 and then upgraded to a 258.

  • Martin Sage

    Martin Sage

    Pirms 3 Mēnešiem

    Used to call these "rolling upsidedown bathtubs". Love the color.

  • Robert Amoyaw

    Robert Amoyaw

    Pirms 3 Mēnešiem

    I want one of these beautiful Nash Ambassadors asap!
    Its streamlined body n toy face bring joy to my soul !😊

  • Chuck Driver

    Chuck Driver

    Pirms 3 Mēnešiem

    The “Kia under the wheel well” comment made me laugh. I own a 2020 Kia Soul X-Line in Undercover green and it’s amazingly similar to the color of the Nash. Enjoy every episode, Jay. 🇺🇸

  • Cowboy919


    Pirms 3 Mēnešiem

    "You won't see ME blowing two bucks."

  • Cowboy919


    Pirms 3 Mēnešiem

    Come to think of it... These days, an ACT module is nearly IMPOSSIBLE to find.

  • Cowboy919


    Pirms 3 Mēnešiem

    "You hit your head on that dash, they just hose it off, and sell it to someone else."

  • Ed Arcuri

    Ed Arcuri

    Pirms 4 Mēnešiem

    Jay, you are the best! Battista "Pinin" Farina was not involved in styling this one. Much of it was done by Nash engineer Nils Walborg and tested in a wind tunnel, hence the enclosed front wheels. The Weather Eye was, indeed, more than just a heater. It refers, of course the eye of a storm when the weather is calm. Nash introduced it with outside air for the heater and specially designed weather stripping to allow air to evacuate the body without drafts. It was a much improved system when introduced and the basis of what is widely used today.
    Nash - Kelvinator merged with Hudson on May 1, 1954. The name of the Nash Kelvinator corporation was changed to American Motors which endured, without bailouts or bankruptcies, until acquired by Chrysler in 1987. The Nash and Hudson marques were dropped for the 1958 model year never to return.

  • Ronnie Hayes

    Ronnie Hayes

    Pirms 4 Mēnešiem

    Jay, If you have time to get back to me.I live in San Juan Capistrano. I would love to visit your show room. I'm not really in to cars years ago, but now? I fine old cars so great. I don't think I would buy a new car .the old cars are built better. My ma had a 1956 Buic No power steering, but a beautiful car . my grandma had a 1953 olds. She drove that car across country 3 times. I think she was in her 60 years. New more about cars then I did . I really like to meet you someday..Maybe take the train to down town station and visit your show room . Hope I to do some?day. If you have time please tex or email or call me. Thanks Ronnie.

  • Automated Electronics

    Automated Electronics

    Pirms 4 Mēnešiem

    With the HydraMatic automatic transmission, this vintage had no "park" position, but they did have an internal "park" mechanism. Before you shut the engine off, you place the gear selector in the "R" position. After the engine is shut off, the internal "Park" mechanism engages, locking the output shaft. There was no need to engage the parking brake.
    To start the engine, the shifter needs to be in "N", neutral position.

  • Dennis Bonnett

    Dennis Bonnett

    Pirms 4 Mēnešiem

    I've been told that Nash and Hudson merged to create AMC.. Thats what I've been told...

  • James Evans

    James Evans

    Pirms 4 Mēnešiem


  • john fleming

    john fleming

    Pirms 4 Mēnešiem

    I owned a low mileage nash like this. 2 Speed Hydromatic w/2 speed vacuum acctuated overdrive. Hydromatic was cast-iron housing-like what they used on duece-and-a half army trucks. could drive at 95 on I-95 all day long,Highway Patrol would just wave.

  • Phil Parmelee

    Phil Parmelee

    Pirms 4 Mēnešiem

    You're my hero, Jay Leno! Great video!

  • wildman510


    Pirms 4 Mēnešiem

    I wonder how many people have tried to start it by turning the key and thought it was broken

  • Scott Johnson

    Scott Johnson

    Pirms 4 Mēnešiem

    Dad bought a 49 Nash 600, 600 miles on a tank of gas

  • Charles Smyth

    Charles Smyth

    Pirms 5 Mēnešiem

    The Fiat Multipas of its day ??

  • Michael Poage

    Michael Poage

    Pirms 5 Mēnešiem

    Jay: "You see the turn indicator?" Me: "No, what am I supposed to be looking at?" (End of signal stalk starts blinking) Me: "OH MY GOD"

  • redoorn


    Pirms 5 Mēnešiem

    AMC continued the Weather Eye climate control. the Desert Only setting always made me chuckle...



    Pirms 5 Mēnešiem

    Giant Bumper car. I love it.

  • pacas58


    Pirms 5 Mēnešiem

    Thanks Jay! Jay Leno's Garage is so enjoyable.

  • Tasmar


    Pirms 5 Mēnešiem

    You can bring back the 50s Nash but cant bring back the easy days of the 50s

  • Ckryse S

    Ckryse S

    Pirms 6 Mēnešiem

    I am a 90s born, yeah my generation is busy somewhere drooling and fancying over those overrated supercool cars and overrated lambogis!!
    Here i am so helpless to resist myself from these craftsmanship on wheels from that golden era...oh man, Nash is one underrated art .. classic lovers lean towards caddys, studes and so!! Nash deserves importance too!! I am gonna own nash someday soon if i am lucky enough coz i want to have some custom work before giving it a bed in my giants's hangar !!

  • Albert Jackson

    Albert Jackson

    Pirms 6 Mēnešiem

    Yes, the Nash is part of history, but, I would not be seen in one. End of story.

  • Colin Chung

    Colin Chung

    Pirms 6 Mēnešiem

    if these had a small toilet this could be an RV

  • Derek Kelley

    Derek Kelley

    Pirms 6 Mēnešiem

    Showing the commercial is a major + for the viewer, as well as any Life or Saturday Evening Post adverts(for color). I enjoy the history side of the ad campaigns. GREAT!!!

  • Sudhindra Bukkebag

    Sudhindra Bukkebag

    Pirms 6 Mēnešiem

    Thank you Jay,
    Beautifully explained.
    Never heard of Nash.
    In India we have Ambassador. Ruled Indian roads for several decades. Mfgd by Hindustan Motors. Originally Morris of GB. In my childhood we had only Fiat and HM. Now we have entire range of MNCs mfg and exporting from here. You name it we have it. But far away from reach of common Indian

  • Magnus Stilton

    Magnus Stilton

    Pirms 6 Mēnešiem

    Stellar editing!!

  • James Fox

    James Fox

    Pirms 6 Mēnešiem

    It's a beauuuutiful Car!!❤️

  • John McCann

    John McCann

    Pirms 6 Mēnešiem

    Thanks for sharing Jay. Love those old tubs!

  • yamahonkawazuki


    Pirms 6 Mēnešiem

    this is a lazyboy chair with an engine and tires. love it

  • youbob28


    Pirms 6 Mēnešiem

    Who thumbs down these videos? If you don't like Jay then don't watch. How could you dislike someone showing you some old cars that you probably never even knew about?

  • Brandon K

    Brandon K

    Pirms 7 Mēnešiem

    Little My Pillow plug there at the end!! Love Jay, God bless ;)

    • Jimbo in Thailand

      Jimbo in Thailand

      Pirms 2 Mēnešiem

      @Brandon K - LOL thanks for pointing that out. Amazing how post-election everyone now knows Mike Lindell's name. He's quite a guy and a patriot! 😁

  • Rodney Carey

    Rodney Carey

    Pirms 7 Mēnešiem

    Well they really did put as much thought and innovation into the cars of then as they do now. And I can’t agree more, cars today are so “cookie cutter” no personality. No one today is selling you a bedroom set with your car. So awesome!!!

  • Juan Arroyo Martínez

    Juan Arroyo Martínez

    Pirms 7 Mēnešiem

    A car wich you could travel and resto
    " Wow " how practical.
    I keep insisting that before was better than today!.
    Saludos!desde México 🇲🇽 city

  • Terrence Johnson

    Terrence Johnson

    Pirms 7 Mēnešiem

    Mr. Leno, Please take care of your heath, as we care about you!

  • Roger Turner

    Roger Turner

    Pirms 7 Mēnešiem

    Jay - you is a funny man. Much prefer these nostalgia vids to the Koenniggsseeeeeg-type supercar ones! Many thanks for the fun!

  • Jeff Irish

    Jeff Irish

    Pirms 7 Mēnešiem

    This is still my favorite. What a car!

  • Cowerdnerd Despacito

    Cowerdnerd Despacito

    Pirms 7 Mēnešiem

    And now I can’t even find a Nash ambassador at all

  • Alan Rogers

    Alan Rogers

    Pirms 7 Mēnešiem

    Pininfarina did style a 1951 Nash, but I don't believe it entered production.

  • Tom Watson

    Tom Watson

    Pirms 7 Mēnešiem

    Great video, Jay! My parents had one of these when I was really little. I vaguely remember the braided cord handles on the back of the front seats. Ours was also a dark green. Sadly they sold it for a ‘58 or ‘59 Dodge wagon (but I liked that one too)