The story of the Nash Healey is an interesting one. Some car historians call the car the original American sports car because it debuted two years before the Corvette in 1951. Their idea was to take a Nash Ambassador platform and a six-cylinder engine and cover them with an elegant roadster or coupe body of aluminum for a lower weight. They revealed the first cars in 1951.
And thanks to the low weight, despite only getting 125 to 140 HP from its 3.2-liter straight-six engines, the Nash Healey offered respectable performance numbers. Italian design house Pininfarina did the redesign. They introduced it in 1952 and in 1953, they presented the closed coupe.
The Nash Healey was quite an accomplished car since it even had several highly publicized racing wins. But sadly, the high price tag and lack of brand recognition killed the project in 1954, so they only made 506 of them.