This 1953 Nash-Healey Roadster might not be to everyone's taste
If you do like it though, it could be yours!
Have you ever heard of the Nash-Healey Le Mans? If you haven't, I wouldn't be surprised. Not many people know about this Anglo-American collaboration that somehow managed to come into the US market sooner than the Chevrolet Corvette, the Ford Thunderbird and quite a few other pieces of classic Americana. Introduced in 1951 and initially built in the UK, it was redesigned a year later by Pininfarina and production was subsequently moved to Italy. This example you're looking at here is one of those Italian-built models; it was built in 1953 and, whilst the looks may not be to everyone's taste, it is looking for a new home!
This example is finished in a gorgeous red colour with classic whitewall tyres, wire wheels and acres of chrome on the front and rear ends as well as in the front fascia. The inside is very minimalistic with only a few interior components and gauges, including some lovely old-school pull knobs and a period-correct three-spoke steering wheel. The carpeting and seats are all in red to match the exterior and the odometer only reads 86,453 miles, although it's believed that the actual mileage is a little bit lower than this. The car has retained its original 4.1-litre six-cylinder engine that puts out 150 hp with the help of dual carburettors as well as the original three-speed manual transmission.
Whilst the Nash-Healy is a very lovely and striking car, it unfortunately didn't do very well in terms of sales. Only 506 of these cars were built over its four year production run and, whilst the reasons behind its failing could be blamed on a number of different things, a huge part of it was the car's very high price. This 1953 model supposedly retailed at $5,908 when it was new, making it over two thousand dollars more expensive than the Chevrolet Corvette of the same era. A lot of the high cost of the car came from the sheer cost of producing it; the Nash powertrain had to be shipped to the UK from the US to be placed onto a Healey chassis and then that had to be shipped off to Italy for final assembly, before the entire thing was shipped to the US to be sold.
If you fancy buying this super-rare slice of British, American and Italian co-operation and you don't mind the odd looks, it's being sold at Mecum Auctions' Kansas City auction that's taking place from the 20th to the 21st of November. Considering how under-appreciated of a classic this car is, you might end up bagging yourself a bit of a bargain!