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The Nash Healey is a two-seat sports car produced for the American market between 1951 and 1954. Marketed by Nash Kelvinator with the Nash Ambassador drivetrain and a European chassis and body, it served as a flagship car, for the automaker to promote the sales of the other Nash models. The Nash-Healey was the product of the partnership between Nash Kelviantor Corporation and British automaker Donald Healey. Later on, the car was restyled by Pinin Farina and subassembly began in Italy.
A racing version, built with a spartan aluminum body, finished third in the 1952 Le Mans 24 hours race. Donald Healey and Nash-Kelvinator CEO George W. Mason met on the liner Queen Elizabeth going from the United States to Great Britain. Healey was returning to England after his unfructuous attempt to purchase engines from Cadillac. Mason and Healey met over dinner and a production plan ensued during the remainder of the voyage. The two became friends because they were both interested in photography. The 1951 Nash-Healey was the first post-war sports car from a major American automaker, and beat out the Chevrolet Corvette that was introduced in 1953.
In 1954, Nash Motors became a division of American Motors Corporation (AMC) that was formed as a result of a merger with Hudson Motor Car Company in January 1954. Nash was faced with limited resources for marketing, promotion, and further development of this niche market car in comparison to its volume models. In light of the low sales for the preceding years, Nash delayed introduction of the 1954 models until 3 June and discontinued the convertible, leaving just a slightly reworked "Le Mans" coupé, distinguished by a three-piece rear window instead of the previous one-piece glass.
Healey was focusing on its new Austin-Healey 100, and the Nash-Healey had to be abandoned. Production ceased in August. A few leftover 1954s were sold as 1955 models.