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#41

February 16, 1965 - Welcome to the 1965 Fruinian International Auto Show!

At the Nassau Motor Company, performance has always been a part of our heritage. This dates back to the Nassau Metropolitan Coupe, which gave Fruinians a fun, small coupe to make trips between cities or between the city and the country an enjoyable experience.

Then came the nimble Tiger and Pacific sports cars, which added increased performance and handling to the mix.

Last year, we added the Grand Pacific to our portfolio. This was the first Nassau with a V8 under the hood and the first Nassau to break 140 mph.

Also last year, we introduced the sporty Bahama coupe and we took it racing. Taking the feedback from our drivers, we’ve crafted a new version of the Bahama.

We’re proud to present, the 1965 Nassau Bahama NP Sport Coupe!

The Bahama NP, NP standing for Nassau Performance is a limited production coupe featuring a revised, more aerodynamic front fascia. Developed hand in hand with our race drivers, the NP cuts through the air like a knife.

The road-going version of the NP removes the rear seat and features a lightweight, sporty interior which reduces curb weight by 32 pounds.

The 1965 Nassau Bahama NP makes use of the A25-6P inline 6 engine, mated to a 4 speed manual transmission. Top speed is the same as the standard Bahama sport coupe at 114mph. The NP accelerates more quickly, reaching 60 mph in 8.8 seconds and the quarter mile in 16.8, both quicker than the standard car.

To meet Fruinian Touring Car Championship homologation rules, 500 1965 _Nassau Bahama NP_s will be produced and sold. Cars will only be sold in the Fruinian market and will retail for $10,280.


#42

March 30, 1965 - Nassau is pleased to announce that the 540th and final 1965 Nassau Bahama NP has been sold. The Bahama NP will return for 1966.

June 28, 1965 - During a diplomatic meeting between Frunian Prime Minister Alan Davis and Gasmean President John Stockton, a new trade deal between the nations was announced. In an effort to jumpstart the economy and pull the world out of the current depression, there will be free trade between Fruinia and Gasmea starting in 1966.

Robert had been planning this for a few years now. Development has begun on a new “halo” car for Nassau, to be tailored specifically for the Gasmean market. With the time it will take to set up distribution, we expect to enter the Gasmean market in 1970.

Addressing his employees, Mr. Gaul again talked of the new Nassau. The new Nassau needs to become a Gasmean automaker to survive. Though Gasmea is also currently embroiled in the worldwide depression, the market for cars is still almost twice the size of the Fruinian market.

October 17, 1965 - Nassau’s campaign in the 1965 Fruinian Touring Car Championship has come to an end. Utilizing the more aerodynamic design of the Bahama NP, all four of our teams improved on last year’s effort. Nassau even claimed its first victory in September. Austin Myers of Segelson Motorsports won the Nurburgring race in the Fruinian province of Germany. Dean Sampson repeated as champion in his 1965 McNamara Swift Sport. Here’s where our drivers placed in the final championship standings.

5th - Austin Myers (Segelson Motorsports)
6th - Claudio Castagnoli (Nassau Performance)
8th - Kevin Anderson (Nassau Performance)
15th - Tom Mazzoco (Segelson Motorsports)

January 4, 1966 - It may be safe to say that Nassau is back! This year, with all of the production issues worked out with our new models, we turned a $113 million profit. In the current economic climate, we’re thrilled!


As you can see from the Fruinian market, that economic turnaround we keep hoping for just hasn’t happened. As a company, we currently have plenty of money in reserve, but we need this economy to turn the corner.


Even in the current climate, we sold 176,794 cars, up from last year and our 4th best sales year ever.

Sales were led by our Arabia S, which came in at just over 70,000 units. The low cost B-body gives customers a good car for a good price and that’s needed right now.

On the B-body front, the Arabia SE came in with just under 30,000 sales. While this is a more well optioned car, the price is still low enough that even Archanans are flocking to this model.

Next up, the Regent wagon sold over 20,000 cars. The second cheapest Nassau, the Regent adds a ton of practicality to the mix.

The Bahama has been somewhat of a disappointment. We expected sales comparable to the Metropolitan Coupe, which averaged over 20,000 per year over its model run. Sales of the Bahama came in at around 7,500. The limited edition Bahama NP sold all 540 cars produced.

Sales of the Grand Pacific were down 1,000 from last year, coming in at 7,000 for both versions of the car. The GT took a hit in sales during the 2 months the Bahama NP was available, something we hadn’t expected.

The Express HD soldiers on, and brought in another 40,000 sales this year. The delivery van is due for a replacement, but we at Nassau haven’t decided if we would rather build a new commercial vehicle or utilize the factory for a different car.


#43

January 4, 1967 - Nassau Motor Company continues to plug away through the 2nd Great Depression. After positive economic gains following WWII, the world economy began to collapse in 1953 and 14 years later has yet to recover. While Fruinia and Archana haven’t seen quite the drop that Gasmea has, the entire world is hurting. This depression has hastened trade policy as we are now a world economy. Cars made anywhere in the world can now be sold anywhere in the world. Nassau is currently working out the logistics of bringing its cars to Gasmea and there will be more on that below.

Building on the success of our B-body cars, we made another profit this year, coming in at just under $90 million.

Our reputation is taking a small hit, as the new cars aren’t quite as reliable as the Metropolitan they replaced. This is because of the use of quite a bit of new technology. The B-bodies are our first unibody chassis, and they use a new I6 engine. Once we get better at developing this tech, our reputation should return.

The rebuilding of our prestige continues. Keeping our old models around for so long nearly destroyed the perception of our company. Our new cars have been very well received, but it will take some time to get that perception back.

Our sales team is quite worried though. We have the factory capacity to build at least twice the amount of cars we currently build. However, the markets just aren’t expanding. In fact, every time we project that the market can’t drop any more, it defies logic and contracts.

As for Nassau, our sales actually increased slightly this year. In 1966 we sold 176,855 cars, edging out last year by 61 cars, to have our 4th best year ever.

As you can see in our 5 year sales graph this was thanks in big part to a very good December.

The 1966 Express HD came in with 41,196 units sold, down 236 from last year and over 12,000 from its best year in 1961. The Express HD has now been on the market for 11 years. Nassau is currently reviewing its place in the commercial market to determine if replacing the Express is a viable option.

Sales for the 1966 Grand Pacific were also down slightly this year. We moved 6,844 units (1,045 Convertibles and 5,799 GTs). This was down just over 200 vehicles from 1965.

Our B-bodies have been a huge hit. Sales of the base 1966 Arabia S sedan were actually down slightly this year. This year we sold 68,309, down over 2,000 from the previous year.

Interestingly, we didn’t actually lose those sales. The 1966 Arabia SE sedan sold 31,556, up over 2,000 from the previous year. Perhaps the people of Fruinia’s tastes in cars are changing. The biggest increase in sales for the SE were actually seen in Archana.

The 1966 Regent wagon came in with 20,265 sales, nearly the same as last year.

The 1966 Bahama coupe actually saw a pretty large sales increase. Sales increased over 700 units to 8,144.

Just like last year, all 541 Bahama NP coupes produced were sold.

Motorsports
We had a successful 1966 campaign in the Fruinian Touring Car Championship. This year the Bahama NP reached victory lane twice, both times with Austin Myers behind the wheel. We won again at the Nurburgring race and also claimed a victory at Brands Hatch in the British province of Fruinia. Dean Sampson became the first driver to win three consecutive championships, piloting his 1966 McNamara Swift Sport to the title. Rumor has it that McNamara will be replacing the Swift for 1967.

Championship Standings:
3rd - Austin Myers (Segelson Motorsports)
5th - Claudio Castagnoli (Nassau Performance)
8th - Tom Mazzoco (Segelson Motorsports)
9th - Kevin Anderson (Nassau Performance)

Looking to the Future
Robert Gaul has presented his vision for the future of Nassau to his management team.

Nassau will base its future product on the tastes of the Gasmean market. Even though we are currently in the 2nd Great Depression, it makes sense to think abroad. The amount of vehicles sold in Gasmea dwarfs the Fruinian market. That means that even with less brand recognition, we should still be able to sell thousands more cars. We plan to enter the Gasmean market in 1970 after re-engineering some of our cars.

Development is currently underway on two new vehicles, both based on stretched versions of the B-body. No more information is ready to be released at this time, but both cars are being developed primarily for Gasmea.

We have a few other engineering products currently going on. We are currently working to develop a version of our A series V8 engine that can be mass produced at a lower cost.

A 2nd generation of the B-body will be released sometime around our entrance into Gasmea. These cars however, will still be developed for Fruinia first. This means that the Arabia, Regent, and Bahama will continue.

The Grand Pacific will continue for the foreseeable future. We want to hit Gasmea hard and the Grand Pacific with its V8 engine and sporty handling is a good way to do it. Though unless the economy improves soon, it will be hard to justify having an expensive sports car in our lineup.

The Express HD will not be replaced after the current generation ends. This truck helped keep us afloat during the early 1960s while we developed the B-body, but its useful life is coming to an end. We will be utilizing the factory space to produce vehicles with bigger profit margins that better fit what our company is about, cars. No end date is currently set for the Express, so expect it to stick around for a few more years. We can say that it will not be sold in Gasmea.


#44

January 6, 1968 - On the surface, everything’s quiet at Nassau Motor Company. We’ve not introduced a new model since our B-bodies hit showroom floors in 1964. These cars have been a huge success and have arguably saved the company.

Behind the scenes though, Nassau is a flurry of activity. We’re currently developing three cars.

The first is a refresh of the B-body cars. As of now, powertrain and interior options will be the same as the current offerings, but they will be wrapped in all new sheet metal. These cars should be ready around mid 1970.

The second is a midsize sports coupe, currently the “C-body”. This will be our “halo” car when we enter the Gasmean market and should go on sale about 2 years from now. We will be debuting this car at next year’s North Gasmean International Auto Show in April.

The third is a full size sedan to slot above the B-bodies. The “D-body” is being designed primarily for Gasmea but should see some sales on the Fruinian mainland. This will be the last of our debuts, as it won’t be ready for another 3 years.

We’re also making great strides in reducing the costs of our A series V8 engines. We plan on versions of this engine powering both our C and D body cars, so any cost savings at all will be huge.

Motorsports
This year wasn’t as successful for the Bahama NP in the Fruinian Touring Car Championship. New models from McNamara (1967 McNamara Swift Sport), Blake (1967 Blake B2000), and the entrant of Gasmean automaker Whitaker (1967 Whitaker Flash) dramatically affected our results. Nassau did not earn a race victory this season. Driver Alden Boxham piloted his B2000 to the championship this year, ending Dean Sampson’s streak at 3.

Championship Standings:
5th - Austin Myers (Segelson Motorsports)
8th - Tom Mazzoco (Segelson Motorsports)
9th - Claudio Castagnoli (Nassau Performance)
15th - Kevin Anderson (Nassau Performance)

Kevin Anderson will be leaving the Nassau Performance team for next season. A search for a new driver is currently underway.

The depression seems to be flattening out for now, at least in Fruinia. Purchasing power has fallen back down to 1959 levels. Archana has posted the slightest of gains while Gasmea dropped a bit. At Nassau, Robert Gaul and his management team are hoping that by the time our new cars are ready the worldwide economy will have turned around.

Even in the current climate, we’ve managed to post another profit. This year we earned nearly $95 million. We have not posted a loss since 1963. Robert’s cost cutting measures and focus on new model development have paid off.

Sales continue to rise, as this year we sold 181,565 cars. This was the 3rd best in company history and the 5th consecutive year of sales growth.

Sales of the 1967 Express HD rose 2% this year, coming in at 42,016 units. Sales rose in both Fruinia and Archana. There were no price adjustments, so this may be an encouraging sign about the economy. If sales of our 12 year old truck that’s long been surpassed by its competition can rise, then something big may be about to happen.

Sales of the 1967 Grand Pacific fell sharply, specifically the Convertible which came in at just 687 units sold. The GT sold 5,061 for a total of 5,748. This is actually less than the total number of GTs sold a year ago. For a car in only its 4th model year, this is a bit troubling. We do not currently have plans for a replacement, but that may change.

The B-body has been our shining star. Sales across all 5 model lines totaled 133,801, up nearly 5k from 1966.

The 1967 Arabia S jumped back above the 70k mark after a slight downturn last year. 70,485 were sold in total, making it our best selling car every year since its introduction in 1964.

The Arabia SE also saw a sales increase to 33,165 units. The SE actually outsold the S in Archana by about 600 cars.

On the utility front, the 1967 Regent wagon sold 21,679 units, up over 1k from the previous year.

Sales of the 1967 Bahama coupe remained flat. This year it dropped slightly to 7,941 units. Our team feels the economy has a lot to with this. Our other models offer much more for the dollar than the Bahama.

All 531 1967 Bahama NP coupes were sold.

This year, engineering work will continue on our new models as well as our V8 engines. We will also work on a plan for the future of the Grand Pacific.


#45

January 10, 1969 - We are now a year away from entering the Gasmean market! This April our first new car since the Arabia, Regent, and Bahama were introduced in 1964 will debut. Breaking away from our tradition of debuting new models in February at the Fruinian International Auto Show, this car will be unveiled in April at the North Gasmean International Auto Show.

But first, let’s take a look back at 1968.

Motorsports
This year in the Fruinian Touring Car Championship it was more of the same for Nassau. Nassau failed to reach victory lane for a second year in a row. Rookie driver Justin Cochran was a bit of a sensation for the Nassau Performance team. Even though he didn’t earn a victory, he did win rookie of the year honors.

Championship Standings:
3rd - Justin Cochran (Nassau Performance)
5th - Austin Myers (Segelson Motorsports)
10th - Claudio Castagnoli (Nassau Performance)
11th - Tom Mazzoco (Segelson Motorsports)

Business

The economy seems to be showing signs of life. By the time our new models are introduced over the next 3 years, we hope that our predictions are correct and we will be in a full boom period.


This was another profitable year for the company. We brought in nearly $140 million! By the mid 1970s, we should be flush with cash and able to greatly expand our market presence.

We had our 6th consecutive year of sales growth!

In 1968 we sold 185,182 cars, topping last year by nearly 4,000 units. The B-body line continues to be a hit and we saw unexpected gains for most of the year for the Express HD.

Overall, sales of the 1968 Express HD remained relatively flat and the total was just 200 units shy of the 1967 model; with total sales at 41,813. Nassau would like to announce that the 1970 model will be the 15th and final year of the Express HD.

Sales of the 1968 Grand Pacific plummeted. This year we sold just 578 Convertibles, over 100 fewer than last year. The GT saw bigger declines, selling 4,104 cars. That’s almost 1,000 less than 1967. Production of the Grand Pacific will end in either 1970 or 1971.

The B-body’s success continues with sales across all model lines up 5k over last year.

The 1968 Arabia S sold 74,684, it’s best year of sales ever. Following right behind was the 1968 Arabia SE which came in with 34,470, it’s best year ever as well.

The 1968 Regent’s final sales tally came in at 21,147. This is 500 fewer than last year.

Sales of the 1968 Bahama remained flat, with 7,847 cars sold.

All 539 1968 Bahama NP coupes sold.

We’ll end this look back with a teaser for our new car debuting in April.


#46

I can’t wait to see what your new car will be!


#47

Considering that Fruinians like muscle cars the least, your intentions of developing and selling one are brave indeed! But whatever you choose to call it, will you use it to replace the Grand Pacific?


#48

April 15, 1969 - Welcome to the 1969 North Gasmean International Auto Show!

My name is Robert Gaul and I am the president of the Nassau Motor Company. I’m here today to introduce to you, the fine people of Gasmea, to our company. By now you’ve had time to browse our current lineup, from the standard Arabia sedan to the family oriented Regent wagon to the sporty Bahama coupe, Nassau has everything the average Gasmean could ever need.

However, we’ve come up with a car tailored specifically for Gasmea, and that’s why I’m here today. I’m proud to introduce the 1970 Nassau Raider!





We start with the base “S” model. The Nassau Raider S rides on our new C-body platform. This new coupe is both longer and wider than our current Bahama. A 108" wheelbase will keep you planted to the road, while the wider engine bay allows us to drop in our revised A50-8M V8 engine. This 5 liter V8 pulls you to 60mph in 8.2 seconds and through the quarter mile in 16.2.

Pricing for the base S model will start at $9,868.




Slotting above the S is the Nassau Raider SE. Stepping up to the SE model adds much more power and much more value.

Visually, a new hood with 2 air intakes replaces the standard hood and a new lower front valence with fog lights is added. Front fenders with special venting allow better airflow into the engine bay and a rear spoiler helps keep the rear tires planted to the road.

You’ll want those tires planted because stepping up to the Raider SE replaces the standard 5.0 liter V8 with our all new A57-8P 5.7 liter V8 engine which produces 251hp. This bigger engine cuts a second off of both the 0-60 time, down to 7.1 seconds, and the quarter mile, down to 15.3.

Pricing for the 1970 Nassau Raider SE starts at $10,396.


Finally, we have the top of the line 1970 Nassau Raider NP. The NP pulls out all the stops in the name of performance.

Visually, a special lower front valance with a chin spoiler adds downforce to the front of the car. The fog lights available in the SE trim are available here as well, however they’ve been moved up to a special, bespoken grille only available in NP trim. The hood keeps the twin air intakes of the SE, but adds a PowerBulge in the center in order to fit the engine underneath. Front fenders and the rear spoiler are also carried over from the SE model.

Underneath the PowerBulge hood is the heart of this beast, the Nassau A57-8R 5.7 liter V8 engine, which produces 275hp. This is the fastest car Nassau has ever produced. It rockets to 60mph in just 6.5 seconds and the quarter mile flies by in 14.8.

Inside the car you’ll find our special Rallye interior with revised sport gauges. The rear seat has also been removed, saving precious weight.

The Raider will replace the Nassau Bahama NP in the Fruinian Touring Car Championship starting in 1970. The Raider will also be Nassau’s first entry into the Trans-Gasmean Racing Series.

The 1970 Nassau Raider NP will be priced at $15,679. All three models will go on sale in January 1970.

The Raider will be replacing the Grand Pacific in our lineup for Fruinia. 1969 will be the last model year for our sports car.


#49

The Raider is a proper muscle car, no matter what trim level it comes in. I reckon it could compete with my Albury Centurion for market sector dominance!

And with semi-trailing arm rear suspension, it would have out-handled most American competitors with their leaf-sprung solid rear axles!


#50

January 5, 1970 - A new decade has begun and a new era has begun for the Nassau Motor Company. 9 of our 11 models are now available for sale in Gasmea, making us a truly world-wide company. The only models not for sale world-wide are the 1970 Nassau Express HD, which is in its final year of production; and the Nassau Bahama NP, which has been discontinued for 1970, replaced by the Raider. Production of the Grand Pacific has ended and the remaining 1969 models are available in Gasmea through special order.

In other news, we’ll be doing double duty at auto shows this year. In February we’ll debut our revised 2nd generation B-body cars at the Fruinian International Auto Show. At the North Gasmean International Auto Show in April we will debut a 2nd new model designed primarily for the Gasmean market.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s take a look at the year that was 1969.

Motorsports
As previously announced, 1969 was the last year for the Bahama NP in the Fruinian Touring Car Championship and if you ask our drivers, a replacement can’t come soon enough. Introduced in 1964, the Bahama has been surpassed by most of its rivals on the track. Our winless streak did come to an end as Justin Cochran piloted his #33 Bahama to a victory in Barcelona.

Championship Standings:
4th - Justin Cochran (Nassau Performance)
5th - Austin Myers (Segelson Motorsports)
12th - Claudio Castagnoli (Nassau Performance)
21st - Tom Mazzoco (Segelson Motorsports)

Business

Small gains were seen in the economy this year. Worldwide, economists are wondering how long the current depression will persist. New trade agreements have the world poised for a boom that just hasn’t happened yet.


Our five year streak of profits has ended, with the company taking a $27 million loss this year.

Since sales bottomed out in 1963 with just 93,131 cars sold, we’ve now had 6 consecutive years of growth as we beat last year by nearly 1,400 cars. This was aided by a spectacular December, in which 16,432 cars sold. Amazingly, December 1969 was our 6th best sales month ever, and our highest total since selling 17,029 cars in November 1952 (our best month ever).

All told, we saw 186,573 1969 Nassau cars leave dealer lots. 1969 now takes last year’s spot as our 3rd best sales year. We’re just 10,000 cars below our highest level, which we reached 17 years ago in 1952.

Sales for the 1969 Nassau Express HD came in at 42,777 which surprised the entire company. Introduced in 1956, the Express HD hasn’t been updated since and this year was its best since 1964. This year also saw our delivery van pass the 600k units sold mark. 1970 will be the final year for the Express HD as the North Versailles plant it’s produced in will be retooled for a new model.

Sales for the 1969 Nassau Grand Pacific Convertible and Grand Pacific GT held relatively stable. The final year for our sports car saw 4,980 units roll out the doors; 558 Convertibles and 4,422 GTs. Production has ended and the plant has been retooled for production of the 1970 Nassau Raider. While it doesn’t slot into our lineup exactly the same way as the Grand Pacific, we feel the Raider can be a suitable replacement for it in Fruinia for the time being. There are still a few hundred 1969 models remaining in inventory which should be sold off by the end of January. We’ll have a full retrospective of the car once those are sold.

B-body sales for 1969 were flat as well, but we did sell 129 more cars this year, bringing the total sold across all 5 model lines to 138,816.

Sales of the 1969 Nassau Arabia S dropped just over 3,000 units this year to 71,472. Interestingly, this was made up for by a sales increase of over 3,000 units for the 1969 Nassau Arabia SE, which sold 37,823. Our finance team sees this as a sign that people are starting to have more spending power and are opting for the slightly more expensive and more well appointed model.

The 1969 Nassau Regent took home 21,393 sales, up slightly from 1968.

Sales of the 1969 Nassau Bahama fell slightly to 7,573 units. We expect the Raider to cannibalize sales in Fruinia upon release, but the expansion into Gasmea should be good for our small coupe.

All 555 1969 Nassau Bahama NP coupes produced have sold. Production will be discontinued for 1970 as the NP will be replaced in our motorsports efforts by the 1970 Raider NP.

That’s a wrap for 1969. The next post will be a final wrap up for the Bahama NP coupe, Grand Pacific Convertible, and Grand Pacific GT. That will be followed by a report from the Fruinian International Auto Show and a report from the North Gasmean International Auto Show.


#51

January 18, 1970 - Production of the Nassau Bahama NP sport coupe has been discontinued. Let’s take a look back at our first, and at this point only, limited production car.

The Nassau Bahama NP was introduced in 1965, one year after the standard Nassau Bahama coupe. The NP was a limited production model, built to meet Fruinian Touring Car Championship homologation rules. The 1965-1969 Nassau Bahama NP featured a revised, sporty interior and featured only 2 seats, compared to the 4 seats and premium interior in the standard car. The biggest change was a revised front fascia, which improved aerodynamics. The NP saw moderate success on the track, earning 4 victories in its 5 years on the circuit. The NP finished 3rd in the championship standings twice.

Under the hood was the same A25-6P powering the standard Bahama, but a lower curb weight and racier suspension setup meant that the NP was quicker and more responsive.

Only 500 cars had to be produced each year to meet FTCC rules and Nassau slightly overproduced. After replacing the standard coupe in racing in 1965, the NP will be replaced by the larger Raider coupe in 1970. The first car sold in February 1965 and the final car sold in March 1969.

Bahama NP Sales
1965: 540
1966: 541
1967: 531
1968: 539
1969: 555
Total: 2,706

February 13, 1970 - The final 1969 Nassau Grand Pacific Convertible has been sold. Let’s take a look back at our 3rd generation convertible.

The Nassau Grand Pacific Convertible was introduced in 1964 as a replacement for the poorly received Nassau Pacific. The Grand Pacific was larger, riding on a stretched version of the ladder chassis underpinning the previous model. This larger, wider chassis meant the car performed more like a grand tourer than a roadster.

This also meant that a larger engine could be stuffed under the hood. Replacing the 2.4 liter 4 cylinder, which produced 116hp, was the A50-8M, our first ever V8 engine. The new motor produced 219hp, over 100 more than in the previous car.

Sales were much higher than the 2nd generation Pacific but still failed to reach those recorded by the 1st generation Tiger. The first car was sold in January 1964 and the final car was sold in February 1970.

Grand Pacific Convertible Sales
1964: 1,361
1965: 1,229
1966: 1,045
1967: 687
1968: 578
1969: 640
Total: 5,540

The final 1969 Nassau Grand Pacific GT has also sold.

Riding on the same chassis as the Convertible, the GT was our 2nd generation sport coupe. The Tiger was only available with a soft top. Following up the poorly received Pacific GT, the Grand Pacific GT increased in size to become a grand touring car. The first car was sold in January 1964 and the final car left the dealer lot in February 1970.

Grand Pacific GT Sales
1964: 6,705
1965: 5,824
1966: 5,799
1967: 5,061
1968: 4,104
1969: 4,964
Total: 32,457

Total sales for the Nassau Grand Pacific came in at 37,997.


#52

February 18, 1970 - Welcome to the 1970 Fruinian International Auto Show.

With all the talk of new markets and Gasmean cars, the Nassau Motor Company hasn’t forgotten about its homeland. We’ve completely redesigned our entire car lineup for 1971.

We’ll start by introducing the 1971 Nassau Arabia S.

Consistently selling 70,000 units, the Nassau Arabia S is becoming a mainstay in driveways across Fruinia. We’ve updated our standard sedan to be even more enticing for 1971. Inside you’ll find 5 seats in an improved interior over the 1970 model. Under the hood is the familiar A25-6M inline 6 engine, now revised to produce 104hp. Acceleration improves slightly, reaching 60mph in 11.3 seconds.

The big change this year is revised styling inspired by the hot new Nassau Raider. It’s sports car styling for the family sedan.

For those that step up to the 1970 Nassau Arabia SE, an upgraded premium interior greets you. Seating for 4 gives passengers increased room in the rear seat.

Under the hood, the compression ratio of the Nassau A25-6P has been revised and horsepower has increased to 148.

The new styling from the Arabia S is present here as well, though with added chrome trim surrounding the headlights and grille.

The 1970 Nassau Regent is the wagon version of the Arabia S. The revised styling is carried over and under the hood is the 104hp A25-6M. This year’s version has shrunk 3 inches, allowing for increased mobility in tight parking lots.

Back for 1970 is the Nassau Bahama. The Bahama is the coupe version of the Arabia SE. This 2 door, 4 seater premium coupe is upholstered in premium fabrics. The Bahama is no slouch in the performance department either. The A25-6P gets from 0-60 half a second faster than last year’s model, at 8.5 seconds and blasts through the quarter mile in 16.6.

All four new models will go on sale in January 1971 and retail for only slightly more than outgoing models.

Arabia S: $8,905
Arabia SE: $11,068
Regent: $8,926
Bahama: $9,892

We’ll be back in April for the North Gasmean International Auto Show.


#53

The ariabia s looks nice and familiar but the bahama is hideous. lol Still some unique designs here. nice.


#54

April 15, 1970 - Welcome to the 1970 North Gasmean International Auto Show!

Nassau’s engineering team has been hard at work crafting the perfect car for 1970s Gasmea and it is now time to present the fruits of their labor.

Introducing, the 1971 Nassau Galleon S.




The car for the middle class family of Gasmea, the 1971 Galleon S seats 6 people in comfort with its front bench seat and features the most spacious interior in its class. In fact, at nearly 18 feet long, the Galleon S is the largest car Nassau has ever produced. The 3 speed “Glide-O-Matic” automatic transmission means the driver will never have to take their eyes off the road, as the car will do the shifting for you.

Under the hood is a 5.0 liter Nassau A50-8M V8 engine producing 219hp, meaning the Galleon S is no slouch in the performance department. And for the economy-minded, the S returns nearly 10mpg!

The 1971 Galleon S starts at price of $11,103.



For those wishing to treat themselves, we present the Galleon SE. Featuring an upgraded leather interior, your family of 6 can ride in style.

The powerplant receives an upgrade as well, as the 5.0 liter V8 is replaced with a 5.7 liter, which produces 259hp.

The Galleon SE starts at a price of $14,987.




Finally, for the ultimate touch of class, we present the 1971 Nassau Galleon Brougham coupe!

Excess is the name of the game, as the Galleon Brougham comes equipped with a be-spoken, full leather interior that seats 4 in ultimate comfort. Engine choice is the same as the SE sedan.

The Galleon Brougham starts at a base price of $15,667.


#55

December 20, 1970 - We have a lot to get to before the year officially ends, so here we go.

We hit an unexpected snag in getting our factory ready to produce the second generation B-body cars, causing us to have to end production of the first generation earlier than expected. Unfortunately, with the increased demand for the car due to entering the Gasmean market, we sold out of all stock by the end of September, causing a massive drop in company sales for the last three months of the year. The second generation B-body goes on sale in January.

With that being said, let’s take a look back at the first generation Nassau B-body cars.

The Nassau Arabia S was introduced in 1964 as the spiritual follow up to our Metropolitan Sedan. Powered by a 2.5 liter inline 6 producing 101hp, the Arabia S was Nassau’s first “modern” car, which featured a unibody construction, and the first mass production model produced by the company since our first model debuted 14 years earlier. The massive gamble we took on this project proved to pay off. While actual sales numbers never hit the levels of the Metropolitan Sedan, mainly due to an increased amount of trim levels, the new sedan was a big success for the company.

Its best sales year was 1968, when 74,684 units sold. Sales numbers began to fall in 1969, mainly due to an improving economy and buyers moving up to the higher trim level Arabia SE. The last 1970 Arabia S sold in August 1970.

Arabia S Sales
1964: 62,833
1965: 70,691
1966: 68,309
1967: 70,485
1968: 74,684
1969: 71,472
1970: 67,743
Total: 486,217

The Nassau Arabia SE was introduced in 1964 as a higher trim level version of the standard Arabia S sedan. This car’s goal was to hit new market segments that a standard, basic sedan couldn’t. Powered by a high-output version of our 2.5 liter inline 6 putting out 141hp and featuring an upgraded interior, the Arabia SE was successful in increasing our company’s public image.

Sales of the Arabia SE increased every year since its introduction, topping out in 1969 with 37,823 sold. Interestingly, the SE consistently outsold the S model in Archana. The final Arabia SE sold in September 1970.

Arabia SE Sales
1964: 24,782
1965: 29,301
1966: 31,556
1967: 33,165
1968: 34,470
1969: 37,823
1970: 33,217
Total: 224,314

The Nassau Regent was introduced in 1964 as a wagon version of the standard Arabia S sedan. The cars shared interior and engine options with the only difference being the increased utility provided by the wagon body.

Sales of the Regent remained consistent throughout the model run, topping out in its final year with 23,553 sold. The final car sold in September 1970.

Regent Sales
1964: 18,887
1965: 20,354
1966: 20,265
1967: 21,679
1968: 21,147
1969: 21,396
1970: 23,553
Total: 147,278

The Nassau Bahama was introduced in 1964 as a follow up to the Metropolitan Coupe. The Bahama was essentially a coupe version of the upgraded Arabia SE sedan, sharing the premium interior and high-output 2.5 liter inline 6.

Unfortunately, sales never hit the levels of the Metropolitan Coupe, mainly due to the great depression of the 1960s. Sales did remain consistent and its best year was its last, when 8,777 cars sold. The final car sold in September 1970.

Bahama Sales
1964: 6,158
1965: 7,423
1966: 8,144
1967: 7,941
1968: 7,847
1969: 7,573
1970: 8,777
Total: 53,863

That wraps it up for the first generation B-body. Here are the final sales numbers across all model lines.

1964: 112,660
1965: 128,309
1966: 128,815
1967: 133,801
1968: 138,687
1969: 138,816
1970: 133,290
Total: 914,378

Introduced in 1956, the Nassau Express HD was planned to be the first in a series of commercial delivery vehicles sold under the “Nassau Truck” banner. Unfortunately those plans were scrapped due to the great depression of the 1960s. Planned upgrades to the Express HD were also cancelled, leading to a 15 year model run. The Express HD was powered by a 2.4 liter version of the company’s original 4 cylinder engine, producing 84hp.

Sales topped out in 1961 at 53,480 units and dropped off considerably after that. However, sales did begin to tick up near the end of the vehicle’s run during the beginnings of an economic recovery. The final Express HD sold in December 1970.

Express HD Sales
1956: 40,688
1957: 35,982
1958: 40,789
1959: 45,566
1960: 50,500
1961: 53,480
1962: 43,093
1963: 44,848
1964: 43,204
1965: 41,432
1966: 41,196
1967: 42,016
1968: 41,813
1969: 42,777
1970: 42,654
Total: 650,038


#56

December 21, 1970 - Our housecleaning continues with a look at how Nassau fared in the world of motorsports this year.

The 1970 Nassau Raider has been a hit on and off the track. In fact, we’re now selling them faster than we can build them. The waiting list grows each day as people rush to Nassau dealerships to put down a deposit.

Much of that success can be attributed to the governing body of the Fruinian Touring Car Championship. Following the season’s final race at San Marino, the series has officially banned the Raider from competition. Officially, it’s a ban on V8 powered cars, but the huge success of the Raider meant they had to do something.

Of the FTCC’s 20 races for the 1970 season, the Raider scored 16 victories, clinching Nassau its first motorsports championship ever.

FTCC Championship Standings:
1st - Justin Cochran (Nassau Performance) - 8 victories
2nd - Austin Myers (Segelson Motorsports) - 5 victories
4th - Claudio Castagnoli (Nassau Performance) - 2 victories
6th - Alan James (Segelson Motorsports) - 1 victory (Rookie of the Year)

Overseas in the Trans-Gasmean Racing Series, the Raider found success as well. In our first year in the series, our top driver placed 2nd overall. Congratulations to champion Eric Dumont and his Whitaker M6.

TG Championship Standings:
2nd - Dan Limon (Nassau Performance) - 2 victories
5th - Kyle Stephens (Nassau Performance) - 2 victories

We now have our engineers back at work on the Bahama chassis in order to field a car for the 1971 season. The car should be ready by the 1971 Fruinian International Auto Show.


#57

January 4, 1971 - 1970 was a tumultuous year for the Nassau Motor Company. Sales of our new Raider coupe began and the car was a hit. However, production and tooling issues at the factory producing our B-body cars caused us to have to end production early, leading to a huge drop in sales as inventory dried up.

With all of that, we managed to have our best sales year ever, mainly due to entering the Gasmean market.

We rebounded from last year’s loss with a profit of $173 million this year. With the hottest car on the streets, the Raider, and the introduction of two brand new model lines, the 2nd generation B-bodies and the D-body Galleon, we’re looking forward to 1971.

It seems as though the world is finally pulling out of the 2nd Great Depression. We’re not going to bank on that because economists have been saying that since the mid 1960s, but we are hopeful.

Something we can bank on is the fact we had our best year ever, selling 233,392 cars. Total sales were down in Fruinia and Archana, but we attribute this to production issues, as we only had 2 model lines for sale from September through December. Gasmean sales were strong and we can only expect them to increase when our 2 new model lines go on sale.

Sales for the 1970 Express HD were strong in its final year, selling 42,654 units. This year was the model’s 8th best and came in slightly below last year’s total. Production has ended and the final van has been sold.

B-body sales fell by over 5,000 units for 1970. Again, the issue with our factory was the main contributor to this as we were on pace to sell more B-bodies than ever before.

Sales of the 1970 Arabia S came in at 67,743, down just over 3k from 1969.

Sales of the 1970 Arabia SE came in at 33,217, down over 5k.

The 1970 Regent sold 23,553, its best year ever.

The 1970 Bahama had its best year ever as well, selling 8,777 units. This was up over 1k from last year.

The new 1970 Nassau Raider S had a 6% price increase in the middle of the year but even that couldn’t slow sales down. We’re now selling every car the factory can produce. The base model sold 22,765 units.

The 1970 Nassau Raider SE, the mid level trim, sold 20,763 units.

The 1970 Nassau Raider NP, expected to sell in much smaller quantities, sold 13,296 cars.

Here’s a model breakdown from top to bottom for 1970.

67,743 - Arabia S (replaced)
42,654 - Express HD (discontinued)
33,217 - Arabia SE (replaced)
23,553 - Regent (replaced)
22,765 - Raider S
20,763 - Raider SE
13,296 - Raider NP
8,777 - Bahama (replaced)

Sales have now begun for the 2nd generation B-bodies, which replaces the 1st generation; and for the D-body Galleon, which takes the factory space of the discontinued Express HD.


#58

February 15, 1971 - Welcome to the 1971 Fruinian International Auto Show!

We at Nassau weren’t planning on introducing any new models this year. Unfortunately for us, the FTCC changed that by banning our 1971 Raider from competition. By the way, you can put a deposit on your very own 1971 Raider at a Nassau dealership near you!

So we sent our engineers back to the drawing board for 1971 and here’s what they came up with. Presenting the 1971 Nassau Bahama NP!



The Bahama NP returns to production for 1971. This new model is powered by the revised 148hp inline 6 found in the standard Bahama coupe and Arabia SE sedan.

Changes for the NP include a lightweight rally inspired interior featuring only 2 seats. This cuts nearly 100 pounds off of the curb weight. Also, a revised front fascia makes the car much more aerodynamic. These changes bring the quarter mile time down to 16.3 seconds and the 0-60 time down to 8.2.

Pricing starts at $10,730 and production will be limited to around 500 units per year.

The Bahama NP joins the standard Bahama, the Galleon Brougham, the Raider SE, and the Raider NP to form the 1971 Nassau Express. Come take a ride…


#59

January 3, 1972 - 1971 will be remembered by the Nassau Motor Company for many years. This was the year we went from a small, somewhat niche Fruinian company to a worldwide player in the automotive industry. Although we still have a lot of growing to do, we’ve had an astounding year.

First, a motorsports recap.

Fruinian Touring Car Championship
1971 wasn’t as successful as 1970, as we returned to the Bahama NP this year. We still ran well, but unfortunately couldn’t bring home a 2nd championship. Congratulations to Ryan McMahon and his 1971 McNamara Swift Sport.

FTCC Final Standings:
2nd - Justin Cochran (Nassau Performance) - 3 victories
4th - Austin Myers (Segelson Motorsports) - 2 victories
6th - Alan James (Segelson Motorsports)
9th - Claudio Castagnoli (Nassau Performance)

Trans-Gasmean Racing Series
We found success in Gasmean road racing this year as the Raider NP is still eligible for this series. We found ourselves trailing Whitaker yet again this year as Eric Dumont won his second consecutive title in his Whitaker M6. We did add a second team for 1971.

Trans-Gas Final Standings:
2nd - Dan Limon (Nassau Performance) - 4 victories
4th - Kyle Stephens (Nassau Performance) - 2 victories
7th - Marc Martin (Allroad Motorsport)
13th - Nick Grant (Allroad Motorsport)


Profits were down slightly this year to $104 million as we fine tuned production of our new models. The biggest change was to our reputation and prestige. With old models cleared out and new models on showroom floors, our reputation increased 1.09 and our prestige went up 5.82.

The big news story of 1972 was the looming possibility of an oil shortage. The oil producing countries of Potamia, a small region of the world where Nassau does not sell cars, have agreed to form an alliance and cut production in order to drive up the cost of oil. We have yet to know the ramifications on the auto industry, but the forming of this alliance has stopped the economic recovery dead in its tracks.

But Robert Gaul and Nassau will focus on what they can control, and that’s selling cars. This year we sold a lot of them.


373,330 cars to be exact, far and away our best year ever. In fact, sales of just the 1971 Arabia S sedan would’ve been 14th on our all time list. Even in a rough economy, our entrance into Gasmea has nearly doubled our sales.

The new B-body cars hit the market and they hit hard. People love the new styling. Sales of our B-bodies totaled 286,486 for 1971.

They were led by the Arabia S, which sold 155,459 units. The base model of our sedan has exploded in popularity in both Gasmea and Fruinia. People are cutting back on spending and our “budget” car fits their needs perfectly.

Following not so closely behind was the Arabia SE, which sold 59,807 units. This is almost double what the 1st generation SE sold in its final year.

The big surprise was the Regent. Our wagon had never been tremendously popular, typically selling around 21k cars per year. 1971 was different though, as budget minded consumers loved the increased practicality over our sedans. We sold 56,959 wagons this year.

The Bahama also sold well, upping sales by nearly 5k over last year. We sold 13,596 Bahama coupes.

The Bahama NP returned for 1971. Production was still limited, but the car was as hot as ever. People loved the new aero styling much more than the admittedly ugly wedge of the first generation car. All 665 NPs produced were sold.

The Raider had an interesting year. Increased competition, from both outside and inside Nassau led to a small decrease in sales. Hit hardest was the base Raider S model. After selling over 20k last year, we only moved 7,443 1971 models.

The Raider SE also saw a sales drop, selling 17,468 cars.

The 1971 Raider NP saw a massive sales spike though. People know what they want and what they want is power. That’s good for us, as this car gives us our highest profit margin. Sales increased by nearly 10k, up to 23,079. The ban on the car from the FTCC really helped to increase sales in Fruinia as we sold more NPs there than anywhere else.

Our new Galleon full size car had a bit of a slow start, but we do expect sales to increase. The base Galleon S model sold 10,145 units.

Our premium full size sedan, the Galleon SE came in at about the same, selling 10,138 units.

Surprising everyone at Nassau, the Galleon Brougham was our second best selling 2 door, coming in with 18,571 sales.

1971 Model Breakdown
155,459 - Arabia S
59,807 - Arabia SE
56,959 - Regent
23,079 - Raider NP
18,571 - Galleon Brougham
17,468 - Raider SE
13,596 - Bahama
10,145 - Galleon S
10,138 - Galleon SE
7,443 - Raider S
665 - Bahama NP


#60

The Fruinian market will mandate unleaded fuel from 1973 onwards. Will you adapt every new model line you sell to run on unleaded fuel to accommodate this new law, or just the ones sold in your home market of Fruinia for the time being?

Edit: I see that you are adapting to the oil crisis. However, given that it takes time to develop a new engine that can run on unleaded fuel, adapting current engines for it in the meantime makes sense for the time being.