1954 Nash-Healey Le Mans Coupe
Gunmetal Grey with Oxblood Leather
Donald Healey met George Mason, President of Nash-Kelvinator in 1949. Healey had enjoyed considerable success with his Silverstone race car in England, and was traveling by ship to America to try to open new markets. As rumor had it, he went to buy a few 331 Cadillac engines to put in the Silverstone as well. One way or another (probably with money) Mason was able to convince Donald that a joint venture would be a good idea and the Nash-Healey was born.
Prototype cars were entered in 1950 at Le Mans (fourth overall behind two Lago-Talbot Gran Prix cars and Sydney Allard in his own J2X); 1951 sixth place and in 1952 third place behind two Mercedes. A car was entered in the Mille Miglia by Geoff and Donald Healey in 1951 where it started as number 406 and finished 30th overall. It was not until the early 60’s that another British/American hybrid was to be so competitive.
This particular car is a beautifully restored example above and below. The body is straight and solid with consistent gaps and panel match throughout. The paintwork has been applied to very high standards and is generally excellent, with just a few small assembly related flaws. As the car is freshly restored with few miles logged since, if any, there are not rock chips or any signs of age or weathering to speak of. The glass, lenses, and badging is also complete and excellent. The chrome has been restored in its entirety. The car sits on restored chrome wire wheels with new Michelin XVS series tires.
The interior is also restored to high standards with excellent Oxblood leather applied to the seats, dash top, door panels, and rear package tray area. New carpeting has been applied. The headliner has been redone in wool material and is excellent. The beautiful, art-deco gauges have restored and appear as-new. The trunk has been restored and carpeted to match the interior.
The engine bay is restored, and presents beautifully. The engine unit itself is freshly painted in dove gray, and the correct cloth wiring harness is present. The underhood appears to be largely correct in equipment, and could not be cleaner. The underside is also nicely detailed, and has been largely refinished as part of the restoration work.
The car runs and drives, making good power with no smoke. The transmission shifts well, the suspension is sound, and the brakes are effective. There will however, be some additional detail work to be performed by the enthusiastic new owner. There are no wiper motors or assemblies, and the speedometer and tachometer are not yet functioning. There may be other ancillary needs we are not aware of, and we invite interested parties to perform pre-purchase inspections.
One of just a few hundred examples built, this beautifully restored example will be a welcome entrant to many of North America and Europe’s concours venues. As a pre-1957 production, the Nash Healey is also eligible for several premier tour and rally events including the California Mille.