1952 Nash-Healey Le Mans Sports Racer

If the Cobra is a vaguely tamed raging bull, the Nash-Healey is more of a friendly mutt, concocted while under the influence of cocktails out on the bounding seas

The Nash-Healey marque came about from a chance meeting on an ocean liner in 1949. English sports car designer and builder Donald Healey and Nash-Kelvinator president George Mason began a conversation on the ship one day, which resulted in an understanding that Healey would build a new sports car for Nash using the Ambassador Six engine. Production got underway in late 1950 in Healey’s small factory in Warwickshire, England, and the car debuted at the Chicago Auto Show in February 1951.

For 1952, Nash-Healey entered and qualified two cars for Le Mans. One dropped out of the race with engine trouble but the second car, carrying racing number 10, finished, acing such marques as Cunningham, Ferrari, Lancia and Aston Martin. Its cumulative mileage for 24 hours was bettered only by two factory prepared and supported Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupes.

This car has been mechanically restored to Le Mans specifications and has had minimal use since. Rarely does a true Le Mans veteran, let alone one that has placed so well, appear on the open market. This unique Nash-Healey is such a car.