CAL-RODS FEATURED CAR FOR JULY 2019
By Doug Bithell
YEAR: 1936 MAKE AND MODEL: LAFAYETTE by NASH
COLOR: MALIBU BLUE UPHOLSTERY: GREY CLOTH
ENGINE: 350 CHEVROLET TRANS: CHEVROLET 700R4
REAR END: 10 BOLT WHEELS: AMERICAN RACING
FRONT END: MUSTANG II CLIP WITH T-BIRD COMPONENTS
The July 2019 featured car is the 1936 LaFayette by Nash owned by Terry and Dolores Lowe. The LaFayette Motors Corporation started building cars in 1920. It was the very first car that had an electric clock. In 1921, Charles W. Nash became president of LaFayette. Nash was already president of Nash Motors, but for a time the two brands remained separate companies, although Nash Motors was the principal LaFayette Motors stockholder. In 1924, Nash Motors became full owner of LaFayette Motors, and the name was retired. In 1934 Nash re-introduced the LaFayette and built cars as LaFayette by Nash. After 1936, the cars were known as the Nash LaFayette 400. This all adds up to Terry’s car is the last LaFayette.
Terry bought the car out of Michigan with help from Mark Bower and in 2015, got it running. Like most of us, it is an ongoing project, and you do what you can within your budget and Terry has more planned for it.
When I asked him why this car, he replied “the only criteria was that it had to have lights on the fenders”. This car fit the bill and is very unusual and draws a lot of lookers, of which most don’t know what it is. Terry has taken the car to many local shows; Santa Anita four times, Thunder Fest, San Dimas, Calvary Baptist twice, and his very first show; the all AMC Show at Cable Airport where he won a trophy.
Terry and Dolores, your car adds to the beautiful and unusual cars of CAL-RODS. Glad you are with us.