We know what your thinking, “Jaguar and Healey never built a car together!” And your correct, they never did, but that didn’t stop reader Anthony’s father from taking this 1952 Nash-Healey and installing a Jaguar engine, making his own ‘Jag-Healey”. His creation has been parked in the garage for many years, but sadly Anthony’s father is suffering from Alzheimer and the car needs to go to help pay for his care.
Anthony shared the story of his father’s creation with us and here is how he described it, “In 1971, my father visited a local junk yard and came home with the body of a 1952 Nash-Healey Roadster. Being a life-long Jaguar enthusiast, he got the crazy idea of reviving the Nash-Healey using all Jaguar running gear. He installed a 3.8 liter engine, transmission and front suspension from a ’62 Jaguar Mark II, and a rear suspension from a ’67 Jaguar XK-E. He even modified the Nash hood ornament, replacing it with a classic leaping Jaguar hood ornament from a 1950′s Jaguar sedan.”
“My dad worked on this car off and on until about 5 years ago, and although he did have it running for periods of time through the years, he could never finish the project because he was always finding new things to do to improve the car. Currently, it is not running because it needs a new gas tank. Also, the upholstery needs to be re-done.”
“As a kid growing up, the Jag-Healey was always there, always being worked on by my dad (he was a professional mechanic and body & fender man). My childhood memories are rich with images of my father lovingly devoting all his free time to working on his project car. I remember when he showed me the Healey’s body, stripped to the bare metal before it was to be re-painted. It was truly like a gleaming aluminum and steel sculpture. Simply beautiful!”
“Sadly, my dad is now suffering from Alzheimer’s, and the “Jag-Healey” sits in our garage waiting for someone with a love of fast, stylish cars to come along and take it on as their own project, to finish and enjoy it. Selling the Jag-Healey will help us in taking care of the man who put so much of his heart and soul into its creation.”
Anthony needs to find a new owner for his father’s creation, but as he puts it, ” it needs to find a new owner who will appreciate it for what it is: a blend of sexy Italian styling with the power and handling of a great English road machine.” This car needs to go to someone who will appreciate it for what it is. He’s currently asking $20,000 for it and is open to offers. If you’re interested in helping Anthony out while getting an amazing project, click here to send him an email. Special thanks to Anthony F for sharing his father’s creation with us and we wish him and his family the best.