1953 Nash Healey Pininfarina RoadsterSOLD

RM Auctions - The Ponder Collection - Texas - April 20-21st, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $70,000 - $100,000


$145,200 Sold

140bhp, 252 cu. in. Dual Jetfire inline six-cylinder engine with three-speed plus overdrive transmission, trailing link front suspension and leaf spring and live axle rear suspension and 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 race tracks 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 placings in important motor sports events, including 9th at the 1950 Mille Miglia and 4th at the 24 hours of Le Mans the same year.

Pininfarina 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 Pininfarina in Italy installed the body and completed assembly.

The 1953 Nash-Healey Roadster offered here, has resided in the Ponder Collection for nearly 20 years. It is finished in red and the interior is upholstered in tan leather. The spacious interior is fitted with racing lap belts, an AM radio, and a large banjo steering wheel. The roadster has Plexiglas windwings as well as side curtains to match the top. Additionally, it is fitted with wide white sidewall tires mounted on chrome wire capped wheels.

The car has the correct “Le Mans Dual Jetfire” engine fitted with twin SU carburetors and comes complete with its original alloy head as fitted by Donald Healey. The indicated mileage is 41,000 miles, which is believed to be accurate. The reliability of the roadster was tested in 1997 when Mr. Ponder campaigned the car on the California Mille. The Nash-Healey performed flawlessly, and continues to do so today, showing only minor wear, as expected of a vehicle that has been driven for distances on open roads.

A fascinating piece of American and British history, this lovely Nash-Healey roadster would make an excellent addition to any collection.

Please note that this vehicle is titled by the engine number.

Reference Number 7586

as of 2/27/2007

Car 1953 Nash Healey Pininfarina Roadster
VIN NHA1345 
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