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Very Rare and Widely Event Eligible. Bodied by Pinin Farina. 1 Owner Until 2011

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Car location: Emeryville, California, United States
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Manufacturer: nash
Model: Healey Le Mans
Year: 1953
Type: convertible
Color: Green
Mileage: 84,348
Transmission: manual
Trim: Convertible
Interior Color: Green
Vehicle Title: Clear
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Very Rare and Widely Event Eligible. Bodied by Pinin Farina. 1 Owner Until 2011 for sale

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  • Very Rare and Widely Event Eligible. Bodied by Pinin Farina. 1 Owner Until 2011

Telephone: +1 510 653 7555 | Fax: +1 510 653 9754
Showroom Location: 1145 Park Avenue | Emeryville. CA 94608 1953 Nash Healey Le Mans Convertible Serial Number: 2380 Exterior Color: Celadon Interior Color: Green Leather Engine: 4. 1 liter inline-6 Transmission: 3-speed overdrive manual Mileage: 84. 48 miles Stock: FJ1437

1953 Nash Healey Le Mans Convertible
s/n 2380. engine no NHA1395
Celadon with Green Leather Interior

The story of the Nash Healey Le Mans story is fascinating but not particularly well known. The car owes its existence to a chance meeting between George Mason. President of Nash and Donald Healey aboard Cunard's RMS Queen Elizabeth ocean liner in 1949. Together they hatched a plan to create a true sports car. one that was used on motorsport but was available for sale to the public. an uprated version of Nash's 6-cylinder Ambassador powerplant and riding on chassis and suspension designed by Healey. the first result of the collaboration was ready in time to run at Le Mans in 1950. The car stunned by placing fourth overall. A production version was released for the 1951 model year. featuring aluminum bodywork built in Great Britain along with chassis. Powerplants were shipped from the United States and were tuned up versions of the standard Ambassador six with aluminum cylinder heads. hotter cams. dual carburetors. and higher compressions ratios. Final assembly of the cars was completed in England. The styling of the new roadster was pleasant but unremarkable. and the price quite high. and just 104 examples were built. The cars proved themselves at Le Mans in 1951 once again. achieving sixth overall.

For 1952. the car was restyled by Pinin Farina (whom Nash had recently used to restyle the Ambassador and Statesman) to add much needed visual pizzazz to justify the car's high cost. Again using powerplants shipped from the United States. Healey assembled the drivable chassis in the United Kingdom. which were then shipped to Turin where Pinin Farina clothed the cars with the new more exciting bodywork. which featured a more dynamic profile. better resolved front end styling. and more interesting side surfacing. The additional complexity of sending partially completed cars to Italy further drove up the price. although a more powerful 4. 1 liter engine was also added part way through 1952. The transmission was a three speed unit with overdrive as on earlier cars. Despite an impressive 4th place finish at Le Mans and 7th at the Mille Miglia. just 150 model year 1952 examples were built.

A longer wheelbase coupe version was added to the model line for 1953. but sales continued at a slow rate. with 162 examples of all types were built for 1953. Le Mans was successful for the team again in 1953. with an impressive 3rd overall finish against the more powerful Ferraris. Mercedes. Aston Martins. and Jaguars. Sales did not improve significantly for 1954. and the last remaining cars were sold as 1955 model year examples before production wrapped. 502 examples of all variants were produced. making the Nash Healey Le Mans a rare and attractive automobile with genuine competition pedigree at the world's greatest races.

This particular car was acquired new by Joseph Starz. who was a partner in the Starz Brothers & Fritz dealership in York. Pennsylvania. Starz used the car as a daily driver for several years. and eventually passed the car on to his son. Joseph Jr. . who commissioned a restoration in 1995. The engine. carburetors. and transmission were rebuilt and the car repainted. The interior was restored as well. except for the dashboard. which remains in its original paint. The electrical system was restored and rewired as necessary.

The car received an additional $48. 00 in work in 2011. including rebuilt carbs. new spark plugs and spark plug wires. new ignition cap and rotor. new engine and transmission mounts and extensive work to the braking system including rebuilt rear wheel cylinders. relined rear shoes. machined rear drums. rebuilt master cylinder. new brake hoses. and complete brake system flush. The valves were also adjusted. the engine compartment detailed. some wiring repairs performed. various hardware replated. a new front wheel bearing fitted. a new exhaust system fitted. the rear axle resealed. new tires fitted. the suspension adjusted. the radio adjusted. new hoses fitted. new battery fitted. seatbelts installed. and much other work performed. Starz sold the car in 2011 and it has been enthusiastically owned since.

The car is in excellent cosmetic condition. with straight bodywork and good gaps and panel fit. The paintwork was done to high standards and remains excellent. with only a few small blemishes and some sanding marks on the trunk lid. The chrome is in excellent overall condition with only very light scratches and marks. The trim and badges are in similarly nice condition. as are the lights and glass.

The interior is nicely mellowed with beautiful green upholstery that is wearing in nicely but still looks quite fresh. The workmanship and quality of materials of the wool carpets is very high and they are nicely detailed with green edging. The dashboard remains in its original paint and is showing some chips and cracking. The instruments are ornately designed and in very good shape. The switches and controls appear to be in unrestored condition and are in very good condition considering this. The car comes with restored weather equipment including top and side curtains.

The engine compartment and trunk present similarly. with an authentic and honest. but not sparkling presentation. The trunk appears to be largely unrestored and is in good original condition. The engine has a restored but not over-restored appearance. with no modernizations or incorrect finishes. The valve cover boldly proclaims the powerplant to be a Le Mans Dual Jetfire unit. and the dual Carter carburetors are still in place. Overall. the level of detail and tidiness in the engine compartment is high.

This is an exceptional opportunity to acquire a significant and impressive but under-appreciated car. Representing the “race on Sunday. sell on Monday” philosophy that defined the golden age of the sports car. the Nash-Healey Le Mans has impressive competition pedigree. lovely Italian coachwork. and rarity on its side. When new. the cars attracted a discerning clientele. and were glamorous enough to attract wealthy playboy David Larabee played by William Holden in the 1954 film Sabrina. Today. they should attract a similarly discerning owner and this particular example is further distinguished by its wonderful color combination and known history and low ownership from new. It is an exceptional example that has been lovingly restored and maintained and is widely eligible for the most prestigious events in the world thanks to the model's period competition exploits. This car is complete with weather equipment. original brochure. and invoices for recent maintenance work totaling over $48. 00.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: This car is sold AS IS without warranty.  A 10% deposit is due upon the successful completion of the auction.  Remainder of payment is due within one week of the end of the auction. and prior to the delivery of the vehicle. Fantasy Junction reserves the right to end this auction early in the even of the sale of the car outside of eBay. Inspection is available and encouraged. and should be arranged and completed prior to the completion of bidding. A final bid (if reserve is met) is and should be considered a sale and acceptance of terms. and the vehicle is AS IS and WHERE IS. If you have NEGATIVE or ZERO feedback. please contact us prior to bidding. Please contact us for names and phone numbers of local professionals familiar with this type of car. whom you may interview and with whom you may arrange an inspection.  If you are concerned with what the car may need. an inspection is an excellent way to remove surprises. Please allow for normal wear and tear items based on the age of any car and restoration if applicable.  Please use your better (or even your best) judgment.  We have done and will do our best to describe the car faithfully and correctly. and would like you to know and understand exactly what you are bidding on.

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Telephone: +1 510 653 7555 | Fax: +1 510 653 9754
Showroom Location: 1145 Park Avenue | Emeryville. CA 94608

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