Nash-Healey Le Mans Coupe


Nash-Healey Le Mans Coupe

1953 Nash-Healey Le Mans Coupe

In 1953 Nash launched a Coupe version of their Roadster which was based off the Nash Ambassador Inline-6 and various components from the Airflyte sedan. Pininfarina were responsible for the body which was longer and made of aluminum instead of steel.

Like the Roadster, the complete turn-key chassis was shipped to Italy and then fitted with a body and interior by Pininfarina. The body was made of aluminum with a steel top. Unique to the Coupe was the rear windows. In 1954 the rear window changed from a single to a three-piece unit to save costs.

The engine was upgraded version up the Ambassador Inline-6 with a different camshaft and aluminum cylinder head which provided for a higher compression.

Standard equipment included luxuries such as leather upholstery, a tachometer, a cigar lighter and ashtray.

1953 Nash-Healey Le Mans Coupe Gallery

Auction Sales History

Nash-Healey Le Mans
1954 Nash-Healey Lemans Coupe 3082
– did not sell for $70,000
Extremely rare 1 of 90 produced. Designed by Pininfarina. 1950s Anglo-American GT with Italian coachwork. Arctic White with Red leather. 252/140 HP Le Mans Dual Jetfire overhead valve inline six cylinder engine. Correct Nash-Healey faux wire wheel covers. Whitewall tires. Spare tire. Push-button radio. Dash clock. Distinguished three piece rear window. Auction Source: Kissimmee 2014, #WhereTheCarsAre by Mecum

Nash-Healey Le Mans
1953 Nash-Healey Le Mans Coupe
– sold for $77,500
Acquired by the current owner in August 2008, this fine example has never required a complete restoration and benefits from selective mechanical and cosmetic work as required. The engine compartment is clean, finished in flat black. Likewise, the trunk is clean, and a new mat is fitted. Additional features include correct-style Nash wire wheel covers, wide whitewalls, the original AM radio, the factory-fitted overdrive three-speed transmission and dual carburetors. Auction Source: RM Auctions’ 2010 Sports & Classics of Monterey

Nash-Healey Le Mans

1953 Nash-Healey Le Mans Coupe – sold for $126,500 The Nash Healey Coupe offered here is a fine example of Pinin Farina coachwork that is largely original and well-maintained. It has never had a complete restoration, but rather only a sympathetic mechanical and cosmetic restoration as required. Nicely finished in a rich red with a contrasting black roof, it is outfitted inside with equally attractive tan leather throughout, with three-abreast seating. Under the hood, the engine compartment has been sprayed a flat black and the Nash engine bears original detailing. Likewise, the trunk is clean and a new mat has been fitted. Additional niceties include the correct-style Nash wire wheel covers, wide whitewalls, the original AM radio, the factory-fitted overdrive three speed transmission and SU carburetors. Auction Source: 2008 Monterey Preview

In Detail

type Series Production Car
released at 1953 Chicago Motor Show
body stylist Pininfarina
engine Dual Jetfire Inline-6
position Front, Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
fuel feed 2 SU Carburetors
displacement 4130 cc / 252 in³
power 104.4 kw / 140 bhp
specific output 33.9 bhp per litre
body / frame Aluminum Body over Steel Chassis
driven wheels RWD
front brakes Drums
rear brakes Drums
transmission 3-Speed