Nash Twin-Ignition Eight – 1930

Nash Motors of Kenosha, Wisconsin was Tunned in 1910 when former General Motors president Charles W Nash purchased the Thomas B Jeffery Company, producer of Humbler and Jeffery cars since 1902.

The new venture would prove to be an enduring success, selling mid-range vehicles to middle-class buyers using the slogan ‘Give the customer more than he has paid for’ (this being long before the era of political correctness).

The slogan was no idle boast, for Nash cars always delivered great value and bristled with innovations. One example was the company’s twin ignition system that offered two sets of plugs operating from a single distributor. Pioneered on the Twin-Ignition Six, the package was swiftly adopted for the Twin Ignition Eight of 1930 – Nash’s top-of-the-range model in an era of sumptuous styling. Other advanced features included proper in-car ventilation, dashboard starter button (when most starters were’ still floor pedals), shatterproof safety glass, downdraft carburettors and automatic chassis lubrication. Indeed, such was the Twin-Ignition Eight’s quality that it was nicknamed ‘The Kenosha Duesenberg’.

Tire well-built Twin-Ignition Eight came in five different wheelbases over its life and there were always two engine options to choose from, with an updated pair offered halfway through the run. The side-valve motor was for cheaper models, with a superior overhead-valve engine going into tire more expensive vehicles. This allowed a wide variety of Twin-Ignition Eights to be constructed in all the popular body styles of the day – limousine, sedan, tourer, rumble-seat coupe, victoria, convertible cabriolet and roadster.

Some 30,000 Twin-Ignition Eights in all its forms were sold in just four years, ensuring that numerous examples of this beautifully styled vehicle remain on the road today, satisfying those dedicated owners who love being seen out and about in a 1930s classic that has the added bonus of great road manners.




1930 (until 1934)


3.9 l or 4.9 l (1930-32); 4.3 l or 5.3 l (1932-34) Straight Eight


Top speed of around 80 mph (130 km/h) depending on body style

YOU SHOULD KNOW: Perhaps it made sense that those two great drivers of American consumer-driven economic expansion – cars and domestic appliances – should be produced by the same organization, so Nash Motors duly merged with the refrigerator-making Kelvinator Appliance Company in 1937.


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