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Nash Motors topic of program

A Nash Motors dealership used to be locatd on West Fulton Street in Waupaca. Photo courtesy of Waupaca Historical Society

Vintage cars to visit Holly Center in Waupaca

Detroit may be known as the “Motor City,” but Wisconsin, especially Milwaukee, has been home to more than 80 different car and truck makers over the last century.

Nash Motor Company, which was founded in Kenosha, and became one of the most successful Wisconsin car companies.

Bob Grutza will speak about the Nash Motors at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 20, at the Holly Center, 321 S. Main St., Waupaca.

Grutza is a member of the Nash Car Club of America. Several Nash cars will also be on display outside the Holly Center before and after this Waupaca Historical Society program.

Nash Motor Company, founded by Charles Nash in 1916, found success selling mid-priced cars to a growing middle class.

From 1937 to 1954, Nash Motors was the automotive division of the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation, and then became part of American Motors Corporation until 1957.

Through the years, Nash Motors pioneered several car developments that changed the automotive industry, including heating and cooling ventilation and seat belts.

Waupaca’s Nash dealerships were located on Jefferson Street, where Loot Vintage and Supply is today, and West Fulton Street at the former Mid-City Motors.

The program will take place in the lower-level meeting room of the Holly Center. Refreshments will be served and are sponsored by Dennis Lear.

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