The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Nash Pushes Gas Mileage

Concern about automobile gas mileage did not originate within the past few years, or even during the oil crisis of the early 1970's.  Vintage Ads posted this item touting the fuel efficiency of the 1949 Nash Airflyte.  I've always liked Nashes, especially those with the aerodynamic closed wheel wells.  At 25 mpg, considering its size and the state of automotive technology at the time, it performs as well as a modern sedan.  Bear in mind that "average highway speed" was probably not 70 MPH, but the mileage is still impressive.

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