Post graduation from high school, my Uncle Al wanted to give me his Metropolitan, the same model seen here. But my Mom said I could not have it because it was too dangerous. At the time, I thought she meant it was dangerous because it was a small sporty car and I would be driving it recklessly and too fast. Now, many moons later, I realize she thought it was dangerous because it would attract females who would take advantage of me and seduce me, etc....
Ironically, after college, I went to work for Transportation, becoming a government agent/analyst. And it would become females who had to be wary of me.
Anyway... The Nash Metropolitan was an unusual design for Americans, one of the first small compact cars. The motoring public was not too concerned about gas mileage, because gasoline then was about 30 cents a gallon.
The Metropolitan was built between 1954 and 1962 by the American Motors Corporation (AMC). It was an amalgam of designs from Pininfarina of Italy and Nash engineers. However, Mr. Pininfarina refused to allow his name to be associated with it, because he believed it would damage his reputation. The design features of the Metropolitan were marketed to attract housewives and advertised in female magazines.
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eldancer1 (31387) 2014-07-27 6:55
This old classic is beautifully restored! Love the colors combination. Nicely captured with sharp details. Well done, tfs.
delpeoples (54659) 2014-07-27 7:52
hehehehe great note, yeah those machines are dangerous, those evil ladies would definitely have taken advantage of you. But I can imagine your disappointment to learn you couldn't have a car like this. What a beauty and what a beautiful colour. I love the exaggerated angle and the high POV. The lines are lovely and sleep, with impressive colours and contrasts.
Well done, thanks for sharing
serp2000 (41882) 2014-07-27 12:24
this your photo brings me back to the Riverside wings&wheels air show. But I have never seen similar model of the AMC. I see the British MINI on the background. Very interesting story from you life in the note. TFS!
emka (85179) 2014-07-27 14:53
Hi Ray, Hahaha, dangerous because it would attract females who would take advantage of you and seduce you, etc.... I would love to go by this open car. :)How funny. Maybe a pity you couldn't accept this car. But as a mother myself, I can understand your mother. And now I see that my son going only by bike has no chances with girls.
Beautiful car and marvelous colour. But it has something from the old Wartburg. Thank for smile.
Warm regrads MAlgo
tyro (21758) 2014-07-27 15:23
This is a delightful photograph of this car, taken from just the right angle to show off its two-tone gleaming paintwork and its proportions to best effect. The picture is incredibly sharp and clear, the light is good and the colours are vibrant yet true.
Strangely enough, the Nash Metropolitan was actually produced and assembled in Britain, the mechanical parts being made by the Austin Motor Company and the bodywork by British Pressed Steel. This was the first time an American-designed car, to be exclusively marketed in North America, had been entirely built in Europe. However, by 1957, permission had been granted by Nash to allow Austin to produce numbers of the car (badged as "Austin Metropolitan") to be sold in the British and European markets.
I can remember a few of these cars in Britain when I was a kid. They looked really odd and rather futuristic too but they had an appalling reputation for very poor road handling - the overhang of the body on either side and the soft suspension made them roll badly on cornering. So, yes, your Mom was probably right on two counts - dangerous because the car might attract strange women - and it might kill you too! But, oddly enough, Nash actually designed this car with the definite purpose of making it appeal to women drivers - so perhaps your Mom should have suggested you buy yourself a more "macho" set of wheels than a Nash Metropolitan. And definitely something a bit faster - these cars were as slow as treacle!
Silvio1953 (129304) 2014-07-29 9:55
Ciao Ray, great view of fantastic old car, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio