At a time when many American households had adopted a “larger is healthier” mindset and had been shopping for vehicles with tall tailfins and toothy chrome grilles, one automaker took a distinct strategy to the brand new automobile market.
Nash’s concept was to mix the small-car experience of the British automakers with the model of American vehicles, and constructed particularly for the US market. The consequence was the Nash Metropolitan, an economic system automobile with a wheelbase shorter than that of a Volkswagen Beetle, produced by Austin in England and imported to america for mannequin years 1954 by means of 1962.
The Decide of the Day is a 1959 Nash Metropolitan coupe that has been in the identical household for about 45 years. Provided by a non-public vendor on ClassicCars.com in Burbank, California, this “Met” has a longstanding historical past as a father-son undertaking that started when the vendor was simply eight years outdated.
“My dad and I restored it in 1985 and it turned my day-driver whereas I used to be in highschool and faculty,” the vendor says within the advert.
Whereas the Metropoitan’s drivetrain and coloration have veered from its unique configuration, it exhibits nicely for being greater than 60 years outdated, because of an expert repaint in 1998 and a customized upholstered inside. In response to the vendor, it runs in addition to it appears.
The unique engine was changed with a unit from a 1958 Metropolitan after the unique one threw a rod. “The engine begins proper up and purrs like a kitten,” the vendor states.
Nash designer William Flajole envisioned the Metropolitan because the second automobile in a two-car household. Its credentials as an economic system automobile had been spectacular, delivering practically 40 miles per gallon at 45 miles per hour. The 1.5-liter inline-four maxed out at 55 horsepower, and it was mated to a three-speed guide transmission.
Mannequin 12 months 1959 was the Metropolitan’s peak 12 months for yearly shipments, with greater than 22,000 items making their technique to the U.S. and Canadian markets.
A kind of Metropolitan was as we speak’s instance, which initially was painted in yellow and white however resprayed in 1985 in its present coloration scheme of purple and white. The inside is completed in black and white with “tuck-and-roll” upholstery that was customized fabricated by the vendor’s late father. The automobile comes with further components, amongst these a spare gasket that might be wanted with the intention to resolve an engine oil leak.
The vendor is hopeful that the Metropolitan will discover a good house now that his father has handed away, stating, “This was our pastime automobile collectively and now that he’s gone, I need to discover a new house for it, somebody who will adore it as a lot as I’ve over time.”
The vendor is asking $16,000 or greatest supply.
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