Low on Miles, High on Mystery
Farra Lomasney's 1927 Nash Rambler Has a Story to Tell
Brody, 6, and Bella, 8, stand beside a rare automotive score: a 1927 Nash Rambler
Farra Lomasney of Asheville suspected she'd found something special when she saw a notice for a vintage car advertised as a "1929 Nash." But her eventual investment ran deeper than she dared hope. Turns out the antique auto was a 1927 Nash Advanced Six: a mere 1500 of the cars were made, and this particular beauty is one of only five registered in existence, with an amazingly low mileage of 43,00. The original owner pre-bought the car in 1926, sold it in 1930, and it sat in a barn for 75 years before being acquired by its most recent owner.
"The car was in awesome condition, but the guy storing it didn't know too much about it," says Lomasney. "It only requires cosmetic work and interior restoration." Luckily in possession of all the original parts, she figures the project will take about a year or two.
Loaded with atmospherics, the Nash is riddled with bullet holes in the back window; at some point, its back seat was taken down to the springs. "It leads us to make up all kinds of stories about bank robberies, moonshine running, prohibition, and car-chase shootouts," says Lomasney, who has a daughter, Bella, 8. Her partner Chris Reed, whose son Brody is 6, will use his mechanical experience to help Lomasney with restoration work.
"I'm not sure if I will keep it or sell it," muses Lomasney. "But I'd like to have it for a while for joy rides, parades, proms and weddings."