Hemmings’ Mike McNessor blogs about the hybrid ANGLO-AMERICAN-ITALIAN NASH-HEALEY, its heritage, and current values.

When you think of historic Le Mans champions, you picture Porsches, Ferraris, Aston Martins, and Jaguars howling down the Mulsanne straight. But in 1952, a Nash inline-six-powered Nash-Healey lightweight racer bested all of those greats, earning a class win and third place overall behind the dominant Mercedes-Benz 300 Gullwing SLs.

That year was the best showing of the ANGLO-AMERICAN-ITALIAN NASH-HEALEY in four consecutive outings at Le Mans, but there’s no denying the marque’s place in sports car history. Today, the production-version Nash-Healey roadsters, below, and Le Mans coupes, above, styled by Pininfarina, are highly collectible and trade for between $40,000 on the low end to north of $100,000 depending on condition. Values for these low-production sports cars have held steady over the last decade, but interest remains strong for nice examples judging from recent auction sales. Despite a total production run of 506 cars, they seem to turn up for sale fairly often. Sarasota Cafe Racer Howard Mintz owns the red coupe.

ANGLO-AMERICAN-ITALIAN NASH-HEALEYAs of this writing, a ‘53 roadster in need of a total restoration was listed on with an asking price of $39,500. The same dealer was offering another ’53, that appeared road and car-show ready, for $125,000. At RM Sotheby’s Gene Ponder Collection Sale in September, a ‘52 Nash-Healey sold for $82,500 while a ’53 convertible changed hands at Mecum Kissimmee in January for $110,000. That same car sold at Mecum’s Kansas City sale a month prior for $96,800.

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