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1953 Nash-Healey LeMans by Pinin Farina

Coupe
Engine No. LMA277104
Amelia Island 2020 - RM Sotheby's
Friday, 6 March - Saturday, 7 March 2020
$89,600
Sale Price
289
Lot Number
#3-
Older Restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis No. 3004, Engine No. LMA277104. Black over brown leather. 253-ci, 140-hp Nash L-6. Hydramatic transmission (originally had a 3-speed manual). Wire wheel covers, Firestone whitewalls, and original push-button radio.

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.

by Hagerty Editor
1 February 2020
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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