1951 Nash Healey LeMans

History

In 1949 Donald Healey and George Mason had a chance meeting on an ocean liner. Healey was in the business of designing and producing sports cars while Mason was the president of Nash-Kelvinator. Their conversation led to sports car and resulted in an agreement that the Nash Company would provide engines for a new Healey sports car. In 1950, production began on this Nash-Healey alliance. In 1951, the Nash-Healey was debuted at the Chicago Auto Show. It was a sporty vehicle with amenities such as leather upholstery and an adjustable steering wheel. A three-speed manual transmission with overdrive was coupled to the powerful Nash engine. The front suspension was comprised of a Healey trailing link with coil springs and an anti-roll bar, attached to a ladder-type steel frame. The rear suspension was a rigid axle with coil springs and track bar. Drum brakes were placed on all four corners.

In 1950 a Nash-Healey was entered into the Mille Miglia where it finished respectively in ninth place. It was then entered in the grueling 24-hour of LeMans race where it achieved an impressive fourth place. There were nearly seventy cars that had been entered but when the checkered flag fell, less than thirty remained. It was re-entered in the 1951 LeMans race wearing a coupe body. It finished third in its class and sixth overall. In 1952, it finished third overall and second in its class.

In 1952 the coachwork was handled by Pininfarina. There were only 62 built guaranteeing its exclusivity. A Nash-Healey was entered in the International Concours d'Elegance where it won first place in the Foreign car custom body class. Under the hood was a 252 cubic inline six-cylinder Nash engine that had modifications courteous of Donald Healey. With aluminum heads and 2 SU carburetors, it was capable of producing 140 horsepower.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2006

1951 Vehicle Profiles

1951 Nash Healey LeMans vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: N2041
Engine Num: NHA1044

The prototype for the newest creation of Nash's George Mason and sports car builder Donald Healey was shown at the London and Paris Auto Salons in 1950. These new roadsters wore aluminum-alloy bodies and rode on a chassis based on the Healey Silvers....[continue reading]

1951 Nash Healey LeMans vehicle information

Roadster

Nash-Kelvinator CEO George Mason and Donald Healey met on the Queen Elizabeth heading to England. Healey was returning from a failed meeting with General Motors to supply him with Cadillac engines. Mason needed a halo car to bring a more exciting ima....[continue reading]

1951 Nash Healey LeMans vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: N2001
Engine Num: NHA-1001

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.....[continue reading]

1951 Nash Healey LeMans vehicle information

Roadster

1951 was the first model year of the Nash-Healey, a joint venture between Donald Healey and George Romney, then President of the Nash-Kelvinator Company. The car is made up of a modified Healey Silverstone box-section ladder-type steel frame, a Nash ....[continue reading]

Roadster
Chassis #: N2041 
Roadster
 
Roadster
Chassis #: N2001 
Roadster
 


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Price Comparison

$800-$4,060
1951 Healey LeMans
$4,060-$11,000
1951 Nash Healey LeMans Base Price : $4,060

$1,675 - $1,725
$2,135 - $2,320

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Nash
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)83,420
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)96,156
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)91,121
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)121,793
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)154,291
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)205,307
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)171,782
1949Ford (1,118,308)Chevrolet (1,010,013)Plymouth (520,385)135,328
1948Chevrolet (696,449)Ford (430,198)Plymouth (412,540)110,000
1947Chevrolet (671,546)Ford (429,674)Plymouth (382,290)101,000
1946Ford (468,022)Chevrolet (398,028)Plymouth (264,660)94,000

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