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1951 Nash Healey Roadster

Chassis number : N2001

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Transatlantic travel once took a leisurely week. It was a time when friendships formed, romances bloomed and business deals were sealed. If not for a 1949 voyage on the Queen Elizabeth, the Nash-Healey might never have existed.

Donald Healey was enroute to buy Cadillac engines for his new sports car. George Mason, president of Nash-Kelvinator was also on board. The two met over dinner and Mason told Healey if the GM deal didn't work he would be interested, as a sports car would surely improve Nash's image.

The Healey-GM arrangement stalled and soon Healey's British works began building Nash-powered prototypes that began mixing it up on race circuits from LeMans to Mille Miglia. An aluminum-bodied Nash Healey finished third at LeMans against a grid that included Talbot-Lago, Ferrari, Jaguar XK120, Aston-Martin and Allard. That podium finish on the world's biggest stage convinced George Mason to green-light production.

The significance of this Anglo-American vehicle is that it was America's first postwar production built sports car and this 1950 chassis #2001 was the first built. It was owned by Donald Healey and used for personal transportation when in the United States. Powered by an OHV inline six-cylinder engine making 127 horsepower, it had a three-speed overdrive manual transmission, dual S.U. side-draft carburetors, and a live coil-sprung rear axle on a 104-inch wheelbase. It also had a lighter, higher-compression aluminum cylinder head. It arrived at Nash dealers with a $3,767 price tag and only 104 of these cars were ever built.

The combination of the beautiful Healey-designed hand-built aluminum body by Panelcraft of Birmingham, England, incorporating a Nash grille, bumpers and other trim all mounted on widened Healey Silverstone chassis. The inline six-cylinder Nash Ambassador engine had been stroked by Healey and the stock cast iron cylinder head had been replaced with a high-compression aluminum cylinder head. Donald Healey had originally intended to fit a 331 CID Cadillac V8 engine and so had designed the engine compartment to accommodate that engine. A few owners later fitted V8s themselves.

After a two-year restoration, this example has been returned to its original elegance.

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1951 Nash Healey Roadster Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Nash Healey Roadster

(Data based on Model Year 1951 sales)
1951 Nash-Healey Roadster
Chassis#: N2066
Sold for USD$68,750
  2021 RM Sothebys : Hershey
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1951 Nash-Healey Roadster
Chassis#: N2041
Sold for USD$170,500
  2014 WorldWide Auctions - The Houston Classic Motorcar Auction
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1950 Nash-Healey Roadster
Sold for USD$500,000
  2013 Worldwide - The Houston Classic
 
1951 Nash Healey LeMans
Sold for USD$67,100
  2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island
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Nash Healey Roadsters That Failed To Sell At Auction

1951 Nash Healey Roadster's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1951 Nash-Healey Roadster by PanelcraftN20972022 RM Sothebys : Gene Ponder Collection $150,000$175,000
1951 Nash-Healey RoadsterN20792014 The 7th Annual Auburn Auction $190,000$230,000

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1951 Nash Healey Roadster Profiles

1951 Nash Healey Roadster vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: Panelcraft Sheet Metal of Birmingham
Chassis #: N2041
Engine #: NHA1044
1951 Nash Healey Roadster vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: Panelcraft Sheet Metal of Birmingham
1951 Nash Healey Roadster vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: Panelcraft Sheet Metal of Birmingham
Chassis #: N2001
Engine #: NHA-1001
1951 Nash Healey Roadster vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: Panelcraft Sheet Metal of Birmingham
1951 Nash Healey Roadster vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: Panelcraft Sheet Metal of Birmingham
Chassis #: N2066