Today's #MotorMonday ride is the 1947 Nash Ambassador Suburban ....

Black and white photograph of a wood-paneled 1947 Nash Ambassador Suburban parked on a dirt roadway by a body of water.

Today's #MotorMonday ride is the 1947 Nash Ambassador Suburban, a wood-paneled luxury automobile manufactured by by Nash Motors. The car boasted innovative, high-end features and accessories like a “Weather-Eye” heating system and a Zenith radio, which the driver could tune to different stations using their feet.

While the Ambassador was a long-running brand of the Nash company, which produced the vehicles from 1927 until 1957, production of the Suburban model was limited, with only 1,000 of the vehicles sold by the company between 1946 and 1948.

This photograph is part of Hagley Library's collection of Z. Taylor Vinson collection of transportation ephemera (Accession 20100108.ZTV). For over sixty years, Zachary Taylor Vinson (1933-2009), a senior lawyer with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1993-1995 president of the Society of Automotive Historians, and 1995-2009 editor of Automotive History Review amassed a large and comprehensive collection of printed material documenting on the history transportation, particularly automobiles.

Our Digital Archive offers a small selection of materials from the Vinson collection documenting the history of the automobile and transportation. Click here to view them online.