Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Little, Yellow, Different, Better: 1960 Nash Metropolitan

This next car comes as a tip from SecondMouse who writes: Before there were compact cars, there were Nash Metropolitans. And you can't miss this one, in bright yellow. These cars were the perfect contrarian vehicle at the time. Buying one must have been like trading a Suburban for a Smart car. They are so odd, they put a smile on your face. This one needs a little work, but it runs and drives, and looks pretty good for the price. Find this 1960 Nash Metropolitan offered for $5500 near Houston, TX via craigslist.

From the seller:

1960 Nash Metropolitan 
fuel: gas 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 

1960 Nash Metropolitan project car. The car runs and is in overall good condition but needs a brake master cylinder. The transmission, steering and other mechanics work.

The body is solid, with fairly good paint, although there are a few small areas of minimal surface rust. The floor panels have been professionally treated and sealed with Por15. The fuel tank has been rebuilt by Gas Tank Renu. Rear leaf springs have been replaced.

All the gauges work including the fuel gauge and the trafficator. Radio does not play and the antenna is broken. Radial tires have ample tread left. Interior door panels are solid. Seats are in good shape and the seat frame has a slide extension.

None of the glass is broken and the overall condition is nice. Metropolitan jack, lug wrench and repair manual included as well as spare parts (carb, clips, etc) and tools (strobe, dwell meter, etc).

Clean Texas title. The car is being sold as is. Local pick up and cash only.

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  1. Very nice little Met! One misconception is that all Mets are Nash. Nope! When the Metro came out in May 1954, that was when Hudson and Nash merged to form American Motors Corporation. So, from that time through August 1957, they were either Nash OR Hudson Metropolitans. When the Hudson and Nash names went away at that point, the Metropolitan became a stand-alone nameplate at what became Rambler dealers. As such, the '57 - '62 cars are more correctly called simply "Metropolitans", without the Nash in front of it! In fact, the '61 and '62 cars are simply 1960 models that went unsold at the end of that model year. Over 104K cars were built over that time.

  2. text mentions trafficator. i dont see any slots in the body or roof where trafficators might live. how do they work on these old nash cars?

    1. I don't think it displayed a flag from the body as trafficators generally do. I believe this refers to the what would more accurately be called the turn signal switch. In the Met, they were built into the wheel hub and had a sliding switch at the top; for some odd reason, they called it a trafficator.

  3. There are no trafficators on any Metropolitan. They have normal turn signals.


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