Origin: Warwick, England
Production: 1951-1954 | 162
Engine: 4.1L 140 HP
Donald Healey and Nash-Kelvinator CEO George W. Mason met on an ocean liner named the Queen Elizabeth traveling from the United States to Great Britain. Healey was returning to England after trying to purchase engines from Cadillac, but General Motors declined his idea. The two met over dinner and production plans developed the rest of the voyage. The two became friends with similar interests in photography.
The 1951 Nash-Healey was the first post-war sports car from an American automaker, beating out the Chevrolet Corvette by two years. The 1952 model restyled the new grille and inboard headlights. These headlights were described as “Safety-Vu” with their low position for increased safety under foggy conditions.
A roadster owned by Dick Powell was driven by George Reeves, as Clark Kent, in four TV episodes of the, “Adventures of Superman.” Another roadster appears in the 1954 film, “Sabrina” starring Humphrey Bogart, William Holden, and Audrey Hepburn. A total of 507 Nash-Healeys were built in their four-year model run, with only 162 roadsters and coupes in the year of 1953.