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A Dying Wish for One Last Ride in a 1956 Nash Ambassador

Classic cars are more than just driving machines, they’re time machines. Family road trips. First dates. Weddings. Funerals. Chances are the cars associated with those events can be easily recalled. At least that was the case with Patrick McKay.

McKay is an Irish immigrant who realized the American dream during the 1950s. He was a full-time bus driver, business owner and adventurer. When he wasn’t driving buses, McKay wanted to ride in style. This led him to purchase an ultra-stylish 1956 Nash Ambassador.

The Nash was the focal point of McKay’s life as a young adult. He impressed his wife on their first date with that car. They drove it on their honeymoon. It became the touring vehicle for his family’s many adventures. The Nash was the beginning of a legacy.

But when an employee of McKay was in need of a vehicle, McKay agreed to sell it to him for $75. That employee later perished in a collision in the Nash.

Even 50 years after losing his precious Nash Ambassador, McKay considered that car the one that got away.

As his health began to fail, and his mind succumbed to the affects of dementia, McKay’s conversations would often drift back to the Nash and the fond memories it provided. One of his final wishes was to take one last ride in a blue 1956 Nash Ambassador.

With the help of his family and ClassicCars.com, McKay got his wish. See the video above.