Journal: Street Find: A Tiny Nash Metropolitan

Street Find: A Tiny Nash Metropolitan

Ted Gushue By Ted Gushue
May 2, 2016
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Rowayton, Connecticut isn’t necessarily a hotbed of classic car hobbyists, but I was recently surprised to see a Nash Metropolitan being advertised for sale on someone’s lawn. This small American microcar was a fixture on American roads through the ’50s, primarily with frugal and attention-craving motorists alike.

Seeing one up close reinforces that there’s not much to this car in terms of overall size, but what is there is more styled than a roadside diner. Its combination of teal and white two-tone paint, intricately sculpted flanks, chrome everywhere, a “continental” kit out back, insanely beautiful hood ornament, and partially-covered wheels works surprisingly well together. It’s like a ’57 Chevy, just shrunk in the wash.

The Metropolitan was a pretty popular car in its heyday, with more than 90,000 built in Coupé and Convertible variations; it’s also one of those classics that’s still well-loved and still pretty affordable. This example is for sale; at most, the Metropolitan seems to top out at $20,0000 on the used market. It won’t be the fastest car on the block–zero-to-60 mph is done in like 30 seconds—but it’s a classic that will make anyone smile.

When I saw this Metropolitan in Rowayton, Connecticut, I sure did.

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Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay

My mother drove one as her first car, and her younger brothers would steal it and take it out. 🙂

Tom DesRochers
Tom DesRochers

Weird Al drove one of these in his movie “UHF”. Also, check YouTube, there’s plenty of videos of these, some with v8 engines.

JB21
JB21

Do you remember the movie, Big Picture? I always always loved Nash Metropolitan, this car is so cool. I was wondering when Petrolicious would pick it up.

Linda N Brian Schick
Linda N Brian Schick

Little cars are a lotta fun.