Auto heating/ventilating breakthrough

17sep10nash“Nash continued to emphasize ‘travel features’ for 1939, especially its advanced heating/ventilation system. Introduced the previous year as ‘Conditioned Air,’ this now added a thermostatic control to become the Weather-Eye Conditioning System. ‘A Twist of a Dial Turns January into June,’ Nash boasted.

“Weather-Eye all but banished drafts, steamed-up windows, and stale interior odors by continually drawing in outside air through the heater. This also allowed the air to be warmed to a desired temperature and even partly dehumidifed en route to the cabin. The system even slightly pressurized the passenger compartment to keep out drafts.”

Before this development, auto heaters were merely an optional box under the instrument panel that radiated heat from the engine coolant. Most did not even have a fan to blow the warm air toward the passengers. Despite the “Conditioned Air” name, refrigerated air in cars was not to be found until it was introduced by Packard later in 1939 on its 1940 models.

Nash cars had another feature, too:

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“Besides its enhanced climate system and excellent highway mileage, the Nash Ambassador encouraged four-wheel wanderlust with improved in-car sleeping accommodations: a ‘big, soft Convertible Bed — ready for you in five minutes.’

“Because parents with teenagers were appalled at the idea of a rolling ‘hotel room,’ Nash tactfully portrayed its Convertible Bed as promoting thrifty family togetherness.”
Excerpts from http://auto.howstuffworks.com/1939-1940-nash-ambassador1.htm .

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Images: 1939 brochure from http://www.oldcarbrochures.org/index.php/NA/Nash/1939-Nash/1939-Nash-Prestige-Brochure . Click on the link to see the entire brochure.

Read a brief history of the company from this 2016 article on its 100th anniversary: http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/07/happy-100th-birthday-nash-motors/#more-1387978 .

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Image: circa 1940 Nash dealer Walker Bros, 3260 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles from http://www.nashparts.com/Dealership/NashdealersCA2.htm .

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