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YAK Car Pic of the Day

Last week a Tallulah Bankhead fan (!) asked if this could be a Car Pic of the Day entry, and I said to myself, “Sure, why not?” So here is the lovely Miss Bankhead behind the wheel of a Nash-Healey convertible, circa 1952-55 (above). This is one of the newer ones, with the headlights mounted within the traditional Nash grille, unlike the 1950-51 models which were more slab-sided with the headlights mounted at the ends of the front fenders. The Nash-Healey was the product of two manufacturers on two continents: Nash in America, and Healey in the U.K. which was run by Donald Healey of Austin-Healey fame. Just for giggles, here’s another celeb in an N-H: Clark Kent emerging from his convertible in an episode of The Adventures of Superman (Lois Lane drove a Nash Rambler convertible, and most of the police cars were Nashes. Early 1950s’ product placement, anyone?) The Nash-Healeys were pretty pricey — between five and six grand — which helped account for their low sales numbers. A coupe model was added for 1953, and the convertible was dropped for 1954. See the 1953 brochure here. There you go, Ricky!

’53 coupe

Clark Kent

’51 convertible

















— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know