The postwar six-cylinder, two-seat American sports car did not, contrary to conventional wisdom, begin with Chevrolet’s Corvette in 1953. Because in 1951, Nash, by arrangement with Donald Healey, introduced its Nash-Healey, a limited-edition true sports car. Benefiting from an Anglo-American alliance that gave it solid performance and excellent handling plus a swoopy roadster body, it was an archetypal “halo” car. It was just something to talk about and never a real sales contender, as it shared showrooms with the fuddy-duddy big Nash Statesman and Ambassador as well as the economical Rambler.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2005/10/07/collectible-classic-1951-54-nash-healey