Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday Car Pr0n #35

Formynder sent me a really cool picture of some sort of custom car. I couldn't figure out what it was, but more importantly, the pictures weren't public domain. With that said, here's a car brought to you by events earlier this week...


Nash (badged as Hudson) Metropolitan convertible.

What brought about this week's car? Well, the other day, on my way to work, I was being tailgated by a Geo Metro. I'm not a fan of tailgaters, having been put in the hospital by one many years ago, but in this case I didn't mind - I mean, the Earthf**ker outmasses the Metro nearly 4:1. Had he hit me, it would have gone very badly. For him. I might have gotten a new tow hitch out of the deal...

Not all of the cars of the 1950s were gigantic American land yachts filled with chrome. Some of them were TEENY little land rowboats filled with chrome. Even the little micro cars of the '50s were stuffed to the gunwales with miles of trim (well, in the case of the Metropolitan, perhaps yards of chrome were all that were needed). It was the first attempt out of Detroit to make cars that didn't require their own zip code.

I'd still like to get one - it'd go great in the back of the Earthf**ker...

That is all.

6 comments:

Formynder said...

A trailer hitch is on my to-get list for my Tacoma. Not because I have anything to tow at all yet, but simply to deter tailgaters.

libertyman said...

I leave my hitch in all the time in my Jeep. It has saved my rear end (pun intended) many times. It will punch a nice hole in the front of inattentive drivers front ends,

That little Nash reminds me of driving a 50's refrigerator. In fact didn't Nash make the Nash Kelvinator?

It is funny to think that the designers all agreed, that yeah, that's what a car should look like. Nowadays we are too cool to even use those colors on a car.

Anonymous said...

If you look closely, the doors on the Metropolitan are exactly the same to lower production costs. Swapping the hinges and door latch locations gives you a left or right door though once you drill the holes for the door handle it's difficult to go back.

The Metropolitan was also sold in England where there is a cult following.

Al_in_Ottawa

RollsCanardly said...

A mentor of mine used to race a Nash Metropolitan with a 500ci fuel-injected Lincoln engine.

Unsurprisingly, he stated that it handled like a 500mph forklift.

Anonymous said...

Does it go "beep, beep, beep?"

LittleRed1

Will said...

I learned about shifting, and gearing, in one of those. My dad had one on his used car lot, and his partner was always fiddling with the shifter linkage, for some unknown reason. Every time I got in it, I had to figure out where the current first gear location was.

I ran the car lot one summer when I was 14, in 1966. Had a 4 spd Fastback Mustang, 4spd stingray 'Vette, '57 Chevy 2 dr Hdtp in mint condition (sold for $600), two 4 spd Corvairs, and twentysomething unmemorable others.