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10 March 2012

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Lot 137

1953 Nash-Healey Roadster

  • Chassis no. N2386

Sold for $93,500

140 bhp, 253 cu. in. “Le Mans Dual Jetfire” OHV inline six-cylinder engine, dual carburetors, three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, independent front suspension with Healey trailing links, coil springs and anti-roll bar, rigid rear axle with coil springs and track bar, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 108"

• Authentic, properly restored and maintained example

• One of 162 built for 1953 and one of only 506 produced in total

• Matching-numbers engine and body; extensively serviced; thoroughly detailed

The inspired product of a chance 1949 meeting between Nash’s George Mason and Donald Healey, the Nash-Healey of 1951-1954 combined sleek bodywork, a race-proven Healey chassis and a tuned Nash OHV “six.” US sales followed its 1951 Chicago debut. Curvaceous Pinin Farina steel bodywork and performance enhancements for 1952 brought 100-plus mph performance with standard overdrive.

As one of only 162 examples built for the 1953 model year out of total production of 506 units, this Nash-Healey roadster was sympathetically restored approximately 10 years ago. Following a number of years of museum display, the current owner/collector acquired it in 2008. Since then, it was fully re-commissioned for active use with an engine and steering-box rebuild, a new clutch and fuel-system work, with receipts available. A recent drive confirms smooth shifting and proper engagement of the automatic overdrive unit.

The lovely silver finish is complemented by the nicely settled red leather interior, black canvas top and original side curtains. Complete and correct, the car features proper Hickok seat belts as well as the original radio and bezel. While retaining its period appearance, the radio was rebuilt as an AM/FM receiver with .mp3 capability. The “Le Mans Dual Jetfire” engine retains the original aluminum cylinder head and is fitted with twin side-draft carburetors. This car has maintained its integrity since new, with the engine and body numbers matching original documentation. Sparingly used but well maintained in recent years, it benefits from extensive mechanical servicing and thorough detailing. As offered, it provides a rare opportunity to acquire one of the nicest and most authentic Nash-Healeys extant.

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