The Truth About Cars » Nash Metropolitan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:03:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Nash Metropolitan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Junkyard Find: 1957 Nash Metropolitan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/junkyard-find-1957-nash-metropolitan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/junkyard-find-1957-nash-metropolitan/#comments Wed, 24 Jul 2013 13:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=496832 16 - 1957 Nash Metropolitan Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinWhen we had a 1960 Nash Metropolitan Junkyard Find a couple months back, you may have thought “Well, that was a once-in-a-lifetime occasion!” As it turns out, finding examples of the little Austin-built proto-AMC commuter in cheap self-service wrecking yards isn’t difficult at all— here’s another one, discovered at a yard in Denver.
12 - 1957 Nash Metropolitan Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThis one is much rougher than the ’60 in California; it’s not very rusty, but its paint has been well-nuked by many decades in the Colorado sun.
02 - 1957 Nash Metropolitan Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinYou can smell the decaying horsehair through the glass of your computer monitor.
05 - 1957 Nash Metropolitan Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe BMC B engine, a larger-displacement version of which went into the MGB, looks intact.
15 - 1957 Nash Metropolitan Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinWorth restoring? No way. Still, some good parts await pulling by owners of nicer Metropolitans. In fact, the trunk contained some NOS Pleasurizers.

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Junkyard Find: 1960 Nash Metropolitan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/junkyard-find-1960-nash-metropolitan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/junkyard-find-1960-nash-metropolitan/#comments Wed, 22 May 2013 13:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=489176 13 - 1960 Nash Metropolitan Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinI find 1960s cars in self-service wrecking yards all the time, but the last time I saw a Nash Metropolitan in this type of yard was, I think, in 1983, at the long-defunct U-Pull in east Oakland. I went back to the East Bay last weekend to visit family and decided to visit some of my favorite yards while I was there. I thought maybe I was hallucinating from the 90-degree heat and the endless rows of Tauruses, but no— this is a rust-free, complete Metropolitan!
19 - 1960 Nash Metropolitan Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinWhen cars like this end up high-turnover self-serve yards such as this one in Newark, California, most often they’ve been through an auction process and no bidder was willing to pay a price likely to be barely better than scrap value. This particular junkyard chain will attempt to sell complete collectible cars before placing them out for parts sales… and nobody was interested in this Nash at that point, either. What I’m trying to say is that this car had at least two (and probably more) chances for a reprieve, hundreds of car freaks took a look at it, and nobody cared.
07 - 1960 Nash Metropolitan Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThat tends to call into question the common perception that rough-but-restorable examples of these little Nashes are worth big bucks in the real world. This one looks like a solid car, no rust that I could see, all the glass and most of the trim still present, and the drivetrain pretty much intact.
15 - 1960 Nash Metropolitan Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe interior is trashed, of course, and perhaps there’s suspension or frame damage that I didn’t see. But still, how is this possible?
05 - 1960 Nash Metropolitan Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinYes, MGB (and early Hindustan Ambassador) owners, this engine sure looks familiar.
14 - 1960 Nash Metropolitan Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinOver the years, I have known three non-car-expert individuals who took on Nash Metropolitan projects (because they were “cute”) only to give up a year or so later when it turned out that cute old cars require just as much work to get running as rusty old pickups… especially when they were built in England (one of these was a guy who had some idea he could convert his basket-case Metro to electric power). I assume that there is a large population of fixer-upper Metropolitans being passed around from clueless owner to clueless owner; some wind up in the hands of those who know how to fix them, while others end up at places like this.
11 - 1960 Nash Metropolitan Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinI’ve always liked these cars, but I prefer a somewhat larger Nash.

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