When I spotted this car at the local cruise-in this week, I wasn’t quite sure what it was. But, the “M” logos on the hubcaps quickly “jogged” my memory and I realized I was looking at a Metropolitan. I remember my dad talking about these early “compact” cars and had read a little about them at some point, but I don’t remember ever having seen one in person.
This example had been expertly restored so, of course, I started taking several pictures with my trusty Canon. And the more I looked, the more impressed I became. Literally every inch of this car was like new and in pristine condition.
My interest was definitely peaked, so I did a little research when I got back to a computer. Here’s what I discovered:
The Metropolitan was offered from 1954 through 1961. This example would have to be somewhere between 1959 and 1961 given it’s external trunk lid, which was not available prior to 1959. The car was initially conceived by Nash Motors who commissioned an innovative designer named George Mason to create a basic transportation vehicle that would be easy on the pocket book both at the dealer and the gas pump.
Today the Metropolitan has become a sought after collectors item. You can find out a lot more about these cars and the growing passion for them by visiting the Metropolitan Owners Club of North America on-line at www.mocna.com.
The local Hot Rod Club began their weekly cruise-in festivities tonight so a buddy and I rode the bikes down to check it out. Turn out was fantastic and the cars were packed in so tight they were running out of room. It made it hard to get pictures, with all the cars door to door at about 2 feet, but I did mange to get a few… including these.
I am a HUGE Corvette Stingray C2 (1963-1967) fan and they always grab my attention. But this one did so even more than usual. I LOVE this car. It’s not the perfectly restored beauty queen, it doesn’t have the big motor… but you can tell the owner enjoys it. It’s a driver… and I think that’s what appealed to me so much. What a great car! Attention all other muscle cars… you pale in comparison to the mighty C2! OK… some will disagree, but that’s my feeling and I’m stickin’ to it!
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