1951 Nash-Healey Series 25 Lemans Roadster

Lot # Y20-277

This Vehicle Is Still Available For Purchase
Highest Bid:
$72,000
Engine Size
3.8 L Inline 6
Transmission Type
3-Speed Manual Overdrive
Body Style
Roadster
Miles
10
Vin
H2066
Stock
Y20-277
This Vehicle Is Still Available For Purchase
Highest Bid:
$72,000
Engine Size
3.8 L Inline 6
Transmission Type
3-Speed Manual Overdrive
Body Style
Roadster
Miles
10
Vin
H2066
Stock
Y20-277

A 1951 Nash-Healey Lemans Roadster from a Private Collection

Vehicle Highlights

  • 1951 Nash-Healey Series 25 Lemans Roadster
  • 3.85 Liter Inline 6 Cylinder Engine
  • 3-Speed Manual Transmission with a Borg-Warner Overdrive
  • British Racing Green Exterior over Tan Interior
  • From the Private Collection of Wendell Castle, Internationally Renowned Sculptor and Art Furniture Designer
  • The 1951 Nash-Healey was the First Post-War Sports Car from a Major American Manufacturer
  • The Roadster's Aluminum Body was Designed by Len Hodges and Don Healey and Just Over 100 were Manufactured
  • Healey Entered the Prototype in the 1950 Race at Le Mans, Finishing 3rd in Class, 4th Overall, Behind 2 Talbot-Lagos and Sydney Allard's Cadillac-Powered J2 but Ahead of Aston Martins, Jaguars, Ferraris and Cunningham's own Cadillac-Powered Specials
  • This car's stock 3.85 Liter Inline 6 Cylinder Nash Engine is fitted with a Very Rare Healey Factory Racing Team Aluminum Head This Head Features an Integrated Intake Manifold supporting Triple SU Carbs (the Stock Engine used Dual SU's)
  • Long Stroke Engine Rumbles Wonderfully through its Beautifully Constructed Custom Headers and Exhaust.
  • Chassis is a Widened and Reinforced Healey Silverstone Box-Section Ladder-Type Steel Frame
  • Independent Front Suspension, also Healey Silverstone, uses Coil Springs, Trailing Link, and a Sway Bar
  • Rear Suspension Features Nash's Rear End with Coil Springs Replacing the Silverstone's Leaf Springs
  • Beam Axle is Located by a Panhard Rod, Bendix Drum Brakes on all Four Corners Provide Excellent Stopping Power
  • Wendell Purchased the car in the Early 1990's and Began its Complete Restoration
  • Along the Way, he Chose to make Many Modifications to Achieve a Period Race Look and Performance
  • No Bumpers, a Raked Windshield, Healey Factory Racing Intake Manifold, Custom Exhaust System, Roll Bar, Seats, etc
  • All of these Subtle Changes help Make this Car so Special.
  • Seats are Modified Later Model Austin Healey Buckets
  • Custom Interior and Leather Upholstery are Top Notch with the Green Piping Selected to Match the Body Color
  • The Wool Berber Carpets are also Trimmed in Green.
  • Wendell laid out the Instrument Panel using new Smiths Gauges, with the Tachometer Located Purposefully in Front of the Driver A Wood-Rimmed Motolita Steering Wheel is Fitted to the Adjustable Column
  • Roll Bar Height is Adjustable so it can fit Underneath the Top
  • A LeMans Fuel Door and Filler Neck Connect to a Custom Stainless Fuel Tank
  • Painted 54 Spoke Jaguar Wire Wheels Replace the Stock Steel Wheels
  • Rears were Built up with a 1.3 Wider Rim to Give the Car an Ever so Slightly More Aggressive Stance
  • Tires are 185R16 92S Michelin X
  • Boot has a Convenient Custom Spline Hub Mount for the Spare Wheel
  • This Highly Anticipated Long Term Project was over 25 Years in the Making, and was Never Completed by Wendell Castle
  • It was the Closest he Came to Designing and Building his Own Car since he and his Younger Brother Assembled one in the Basement of Their Family Home in Kansas back in the 1940's, so he sought out Professional Expertise to Finish
  • Much of the Original Body, Electrical, and Mechanical Work was Done by Posie's in Hummelstown, PA
  • More Finishing and Fitting Work Including an Engine and Carb Rebuild was done by Concours Classics in Macedon, NY
  • Custom Leather Interior, Fabric Tonneau, and Fabric Top were done by R.P. Interiors in Horseheads, NY
  • All Receipts with Descriptions of Work are Available
  • A White Vinyl Roundel was Added for its Showing at the 2019 Watkins Glen Vintage Gran Prix Concours
  • Located in New York
844-593-7355

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