Evaluation: Older restoration | One of 62 Le Mans coupes built for 1953 and reportedly one of 30 left. Restored in the 1990s. Solid chrome but rough, discolored old paint with severe crazing and over-buffed spots on the left side of the body. Clean and restored interior. Paint chipping off the wheels. Tidy but older underneath. Rare and inherently attractive, but the paint is too bad to ignore, and the transmission swap is another knock. It is otherwise a solid and complete car.
Bottom Line: A rare hand-built hybrid of British engineering, American powertrain, and Italian coachwork, this Nash-Healey sold remarkably well considering all its shortcomings and the fact that it was the last car sold at Amelia Island this year. Then again, people shopping for a Nash-Healey can’t exactly expect another one popping up for sale next week.