Photographer's Note

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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