AJ's Car of the Day:1951 Nash-Healey Convertible

Car: Nash-Healey Convertible

Year: 1951

What makes it special: It was America's first "Post-War Sports Car" and was the flagship car for auto manufacturer Nash-Kelvinator Corporation to promote the sales of their other Nash models. Some claim that it was in fact America's first sports car, which is still up for debate to this day.

What made it famous: A Nash-Healey served as the "Course Car" for the 1951 Carrera Panamericana, one of the most dangerous automobile races of any type in the world. The Nash-Healey ran ahead of the racers to ensure the way was clear on "the world's greatest road race".

Why I would want one: Only 104 of these Aluminum bodied roadsters were built in 1951, they were equipped with an inline six-cylinder OHV 234.8 cu in engine and 3-speed manual transmission with a Borg-Warner overdrive. 

Fun fact: A 1951 Nash-Healey was recently featured on a few episodes of the Discovery Channel TV show "Fast N Loud" , when Gas Monkey Garage owner and show co-star Richard Rawlings flipped the Nash-Healey for $99,500. (It was bought for about $42K, and they invested about $250.00 in it before he sold it. I'd say nice profit.)

Photo from hemmingsblog.com