1953 Nash Healey RoadsterSOLD
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Estimate: $110,000-$140,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $231,000

140bhp, 252 cu. in. Dual Jetfire inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed transmission with overdrive, trailing link front suspension, leaf spring and live axle rear suspension, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102"

While sailing on the ocean liner the Queen Elizabeth, the president of Nash-Kelvinator Corporation, George Mason, had a chance encounter with British sports car builder Donald Healey. Mason was looking for an image boost for his Nash motor cars, which had a stodgy reputation. By the end of their trip, the two agreed to collaborate on a British-American hybrid sports car with Nash mechanicals.

Nash-Healeys were quickly found on racetracks around the world. By the end of the car ’ s four year production run, Nash-Healey convertibles and coupes had amassed an assortment of prestigious rankings in important motor sports events, including 9th at the 1950 Mille Miglia and 4th at the 24 Hours of Le Mans the same year.

Pinin Farina restyled the roadster body in 1952, with a lower, one-piece windshield and rear fender bulges. Steel replaced aluminum bodywork, and a larger engine with Carter carburetors and 15 more horsepower rounded out the new Nash-Healey roadster package. Nash sent drivetrains and other components to Healey facilities in England, where the rolling chassis was assembled. Then, in Italy, Pinin Farina installed the body and completed assembly.

The car featured here is an outstanding example, expertly restored within the last four years. In 2005 it was invited to the Pebble Beach Concours d ’ Elegance in honor of Carrozzeria Pinin Farina ’ s 75th anniversary. It is in excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition. The beautiful steel body, virtually free of flaws and imperfections, is painted red, befitting its Italian heritage. The brightwork and wire wheels were restored to the highest standard as was the black leather upholstery, steering wheel, matching dash, and other interior components. Expert craftsmanship is evident under the hood, as the engine, three-speed transmission, brakes and wiring are nothing short of excellent. In addition to the numerous factory options present, this Nash-Healey also features dual fuel pumps, push-button ignition and whitewall tires.

Introduced in the early 1950s, the Nash-Healey Roadster was an elegant yet decidedly sporty and race-proven car. As presented here in red and black, this Roadster is another highly desirable example of the compatibility of Italian design and American performance.

Reference Number 11620

as of 7/24/2007

Car 1953 Nash Healey Roadster
VIN N2360 
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