History museum hosts a day for Nash lovers

SYCAMORE – On Saturday, Sept. 21, the Sycamore History Museum will host a first-time event for Nash car enthusiasts – a Nash Car History Day, featuring guest speakers, a trip to Cortland, where Nash Motors had its beginnings, and a cruise through Culver’s.

The program is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the history museum, 1730 N. Main St. in Sycamore. Speakers sharing Nash Car history will begin at 1 p.m.

Charles W. Nash, founder of the company, was born in Cortland, where his vision began. His legacy grew into a company that at one time was the third largest car manufacturer. Nash’s slogan in the 1920s and 1930s was, “Give the customer more than he has paid for,” and the cars lived up to that motto. Nash Motors made cars from 1916 to 1937, then became Nash-Kelvinator, and in 1954, American Motors Corporation. Innovations included a straight-eight engine with overhead valves, twin spark plugs, and nine crankshaft bearings. 

Nash pioneered unitary construction, seat belts, and Weather-Eye heating systems that are still used today. The company offered cars in the compact, subcompact, and muscle categories in addition to its classic models. Nash lovers fondly remember the Statesman, Ambassador, Nash-Healey and Rambler.

At this special event, Nash collectors will display their cars on the museum grounds, and all events of the day will originate there. This event is not a traditional car show, but a history event, showcasing the workmanship of this company through the ages. 

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Nash Car Show or if you are interested in participating, contact Matt Woodstrup at 815-895-6518 or visit or

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