Redesigned by Pinin Farina in 1952, the Nash-Healey combined Donald Healey's competent chassis with attractive bodywork and reliable Nash running gear that topped 100 mph from the overhead valve 140hp Nash six with overdrive 3-speed transmission. Emblematic of the sports car movement then popular in America, drivers could have European styling and handling with the advantage of an engine and drivetrain that could be serviced anywhere. Hyman Ltd has had many Nash-Healeys over the years, but few that are as correct, complete and original as this example recently acquired out of a Kentucky garage where it has sat for at least three decades. It needs a complete restoration but presents a reasonable prospect as it is exceptionally complete, even down to the jack point plugs, trim, emblems, sill moldings, radio, steering wheel, dash buttons, glass and side curtains that project cars often lack and require Herculean, time-consuming efforts to find. The odometer shows 72,000 miles and the car presents all the attributes of one that was driven to that point and parked, stuck in a time warp until it was recently discovered. Opportunities for a straightforward restoration of a significant Fifties Anglo-European-American hybrid rarely arise and are becoming rarer every day.
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