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1953 Nash-Healey Series 25

Convertible
$89,600
Sale Price
$70,000 - $100,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
13 August 2021
Sold Date
80
Lot Number
#2-
Older restoration
Bonhams
Auction House
Chassis no. 2369. Pininfarina Red with a tan cloth top over beige leather. 253/140hp, floor shift 3-speed manual, wire wheel covers, pushbutton radio.

Evaluation: One of 506 Nash-Healeys built in all and one of 162 built in 1953. In storage from 1990 until 2014, and then restored. Sound but older paint and chrome. Imperfect gaps. Good, lightly worn interior. Older restored underneath, but represented with just 200 miles on the rebuilt engine. Nothing major to nitpick, just light general age on an older restoration, and still a charming, beautiful Anglo-Italo-American hybrid.

Bottom Line: The Nash-Healey was born out of a conversation between Nash-Kelvinator president George Mason and English car designer Donald Healey while the two were on a Transatlantic voyage in 1949. The car married Healey-designed sports car underpinnings with a modified Nash Ambassador engine and a Nash 3-speed manual gearbox. Early cars had aluminum bodies penned by Healey, but later ones like this have much more attractive and mostly steel bodies by Pinin Farina.

Like other mutt sports cars with multinational heritage, Nash-Healeys are somewhat undervalued when compared to other thoroughbred cars with similar performance, rarity and style. Even the best Nash-Healeys don’t sell for more than low six-figures. This has been the case for quite some time, and this sale won’t move the needle. The car was realistically estimated by Bonhams as well as realistically bought, and it’s still a lot of classic Pinin Farina style for the money.

by Andrew Newton
23 August 2021
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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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