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5027a

Highlights:
  • One of only 62 coupes built in 1953
  • Americas First Sports Car
  • Numbers Matching Example
  • Rare Engine Accessories
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1953 Nash-Healey Le Mans Coupe

The early 1950s Nash-Healey was the first post-war sports car from a major American automaker.

Some think that the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette was America's first genuine post World War II sports car. But, no. That honor goes to the rare, desirable 1951-54 Nash-Healey sports car.

The idea for the Nash-Healey was cooked up on the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth in late 1949. It was there that cigar-chomping Nash president George Mason and innovative British sports car maker Donald Healey connec...

The early 1950s Nash-Healey was the first post-war sports car from a major American automaker.

Some think that the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette was America's first genuine post World War II sports car. But, no. That honor goes to the rare, desirable 1951-54 Nash-Healey sports car.

The idea for the Nash-Healey was cooked up on the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth in late 1949. It was there that cigar-chomping Nash president George Mason and innovative British sports car maker Donald Healey connected during a chance meeting. They had a mutual interest in photography, and Mason had a camera than intrigued Healey. As fate had it, they discussed the idea of jointly making a sports car.

Mason wanted to liven up Nash's image, and Healey was seeking Cadillac's revolutionary new V-8s for one of his projects, although General Motors turned him down. By the time Mason and Healey reached shore, Mason had agreed to finance a sports car with the big, strong Nash Ambassador six-cylinder engine, equipped with dual carburetors, a hot camshaft and a special cylinder head.

Mason wanted the Nash-Healey's styling jazzed up, so he asked Italy's Pininfarina, which did Ferrari bodies, to change it for 1952. The result was a steel-body two-seater with a lower windshield, rear fender bulges with small tailfins and a plain oval grille encircling the headlights. Mason wanted the Nash-Healey to improve the image of regular Nash family cars, so a regular Nash eventually had a Nash-Healey style grille/headlight arrangement.

Ten more horsepower were added to a larger version of the stout Nash engine, giving the Nash-Healey a total of 135 horsepower, although some sources say the power was upped to 140.

The Nash-Healey was costly because Nash sent drivetrains and other parts to Healey's outfit in England, which completed rolling chassis that then were shipped to Italy, where Pininfarina put on the bodies and completed final assembly. The cars then were sent back to Nash in the United States.

Despite high shipping bills, 150 Nash-Healeys were sold in 1952, and 162 found buyers in 1953, when a sleek Pininfarina-styled coupe joined the convertible model. But the convertible's price totaled $5,908, and the coupe cost a staggering $6,399.

The Motorcar Offered:
This charming example has been treasured by it latest owner for the past 28 years. He fell in love with the car in Hershey Pennsylvania and brought it home to Michigan where he began to restore it. During his ownership the car benefited from a bare metal respray, fresh chrome and a new leather interior. The car still has its original, numbers matching engine and it runs nicely. It also has some very rare speed equipment under the hood. This includes a magneto that replaced the stock distributor, finned aluminum valve cover, finned aluminum side cover and special exhaust header. We are told that all of these special items were added when the car was new. This special Nash-Healey has just completed a major service. It has a great road feel to it and the 3 speed manual transmission with overdrive works nicely.

The opportunity to own one of these rare treasures doesn't come around often so this is the moment in time to make it yours.

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Engine

Engine Size

252ci

Body

Body Color

Red

Basic

Year

1953

Make

Nash-Healey

Model

Coupe

Miles

67,986

Interior

Interior Color

Tan

Center Console

No

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