22 May 1997
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1932 NAG TYPE 219 SPORT KABRIOLET
COACHWORK BY DRAUZ
Green with black top and green interior trim.
Engine: overhead valve, vee-eight 4,508cc, 100bhp at 3,200rpm, one Zenith carburettor; Gearbox: four speed non-synchrosmesh; Suspension: front, rigid axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs, rear, underslung live axle, semi-elliptic springs; Brakes: hydraulically operated drums all round; Electric system: 12 volt. Left-hand drive.
The Nationale Automobile-Gesellschaft (NAG) was formed from earlier motor car and electrical manufacturing concerns in Berlin in 1915 and survived until the 1930's. It was then absorbed by a group which is still in existence today. The constituent companies had produced many different models of cars (at least one of which was used by the Kaiser) including electric powered versions and numerous commercial vehicles, mostly buses.
The 4½ litre vee-eight NAG appeared in 1931. It was the first vee-eight motor car engine to be produced in Germany and the whole car was of advanced design and proved very reliable. The brakes were hydraulically operated and the electrical system was 12 volt.
This particular example is the only surviving NAG vee-eight in Switzerland and one of the few known to exist world-wide. The four-seater drophead coupe's bodywork is very elegant.
This car has been in Switzerlnd since 1933 and has been owned by the vendor for more than 35 years. It has been regularly used and carefully looked after. The engine bay is clean and the chassis in excellent condition. The paintwork, in green, and the chromium plate are still very good. The interior is also very good throughout, the original green leather seat trim and the carpets, dashboard and instruments having a lovely patina. On a short test drive the car performed remarkably well. This is an unusual, attractive and highly interesting motor car with historical significance.
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