FULLY RESTORED, ALL NEW MECHANICALS, UNDERDASH A/C ADDED, CORRECT COLORS
Unquestionably cute, the Nash Metropolitan was also a car ahead of its time. With a huge enthusiast following, they've become the smart hobby car for today's world, offering wonderful '50s styling in a compact package that's easy on the fuel as well as the eyes.
This particular 1958 Met brings with it a long list of upgrades, including A/C. Let that sink in for a moment; someone spent a goodly sum of cash to make this little car a delight to drive. Now some experts might be able to find a few things that aren't quite factory, but the fact is the fit and finish on this car are light years better than original and befitting of a car worth four times as much. The jaunty two-tone Mardi Gras Red over Frost White paint scheme is original, but was only applied after the diminutive body was worked to really sparkle, and it really paid off. Check out how tight the door gaps are, how crisp the grooves in the window sill are, and how crisp the line between red and white is across the hood. It's not quite perfect, but it's far, far nicer than a car at this price point has any right to be. All the chrome was professionally refinished, too, including the egg crate grille and unique bumpers.
The car is tiny, no question about it, but you'll find that it's easy to get comfortable inside. The split bench seat has been upholstered in original style houndstooth fabric with vinyl accents, and legroom is good, even for six-footers. Dramatic black and white door panels almost look like modern art and the sweeping black dash is handsome as well as functional. All the relevant instruments are clustered ahead of the driver, with an auxiliary temperature gauge installed under the dash, along with the A/C. The AM radio is neatly integrated into the dash just above the ignition and offers big, easy-to-use knobs, although it is sadly not functional. New black carpets, seat belts, and new floor mats help it feel comfortable and quiet inside and while there's a back seat, it's probably best for storage or small children. With the spare tire stowed on the outside of the bodywork, the trunk will easily swallow a weekend's worth of luggage.
The Austin A90 donated its 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 50 horsepower. Bearing in mind the car's modest size and weight, performance is energetic and you'll find yourself zipping around corners, one of the many benefits of the lightweight design. The engine wears correct green paint on the engine itself and properly finished accessories around it. A 1-barrel Zenith carburetor handles induction chores and a reproduction exhaust system gives it an authentic sound that's sporty without being annoying. A long list of upgrades include an electric fuel pump, modern GM alternator, new engine and transmission mounts, rebuilt brakes, and a new fuel tank out back, so it's ready to cruise. The three-speed manual transmission shifts nicely thanks to new bushings and the rear gears have been changed from 4.22s to 3.90s, so it's pretty comfortable on the highway. You'll also be pleased to note that tires are diminutive 155/80/13s, which ride well and are incredibly affordable, making this a hobby car that's easy on the wallet now and in the future.
A lovely little car, this Nash is way out at the far end of the quality scale with no hope of recovering the restoration costs. What that means is a big score for the lucky new owner, who gets to enjoy one of the best for a fraction of the cost. Call today!
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- AM Radio
- Air Conditioning
- Cloth Interior
- Vinyl Interior
- Owner's Manual
- Exterior Color
- Interior Color
- Black Houndstooth
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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