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1953 Nash-Healey Roadster
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Asking Price Shipping Amount Condition
$85,250.00 None Auction Results
Description: 1953 Nash-Healey Roadster
RM Auctions
Automobiles of Amelia Island Collector Car Auction
Amelia Island, Florida
March 13, 2009
AUCTION RESULTS: Lot 128 - Sold at a price of $85,250

140 bhp, 252.6 cu. in. overhead valve inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102"

The Nash-Healey resulted from a chance shipboard encounter. George Mason, president of Nash-Kelvinator, happened to meet British sports car designer Donald Healey on the Queen Elizabeth while sailing to the United States. Healey was bound for Detroit where he hoped to buy Cadillac engines for a new series of cars. Mason, sensing an opportunity, told Healey that if he was unsuccessful with Cadillac he would be happy to supply Nash Ambassador engines instead. As it happened, the Cadillac discussions were unproductive, so a shipment of Nash drive trains was soon sent to England.

The first Nash-Healeys roadsters were bodied in aluminum by British metalsmiths Panelcraft of Birmingham. The Nash-Healey's American debut came at Chicago in February 1951. Priced at $4,063 in Nash showrooms, it was expensive and few were sold. With only 250 sold in two years, Mason and Healey tried a different approach. Mason had Pinin Farina, then under contract for the American Nashes, do a makeover. Running chassis were then shipped from England to Italy, fitted with Pinin Farina steel bodies and re-shipped to the United States. The Pinin Farina feature of closely-spaced headlamps in the edges of the grille was later used on the domestic 1955-56 Nashes.

An older restoration, this Nash-Healey Roadster presents nicely in red with tan upholstery. It has the correct Nash-Healey faux wire wheel covers, whitewall tires and optional plexiglass windwings. The seat is furnished with lap belts, and the car has the proper AM radio. The engine compartment presents well but for some incorrect clamps; the proper Dual Jetfire engine has its original alloy head and dual sidedraft carburetors.

The odometer shows slightly fewer than 42,000 miles, believed original. A previous owner enjoyed it extensively, participating in the California Mille, but it has been well maintained, with the paint and brightwork holding up well with only minor deterioration, principally rust on the back side of the bumpers. The inner wheel wells are undercoated for durability while touring. The car comes complete with a jack, spare wheel and tonneau cover.

Nash-Healeys are arousing considerable interest in the collector community. This is a chance to acquire a nice example ideally suited for touring or show.
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