Nash Metropolitan Police Car

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

I’ve always loved the Nash Metropolitan. Mary and I saw this particular one when we were driving back from Evergreen, Colorado where we had gone to friend’s house to look at an MG B that he was selling. (No, we didn’t buy it.) When I saw this Metropolitan with a police bubble on top, I had to stop and photograph it.

At the time, my favorite point-and-shoot at the time was the Konica-Minolta X1 one of the coolest little cameras anybody ever built. You can read my take on its sibling, the Konica-Minolta Xt, here. Exposure was 1/1250 sec at f/7.1 and ISO 50—yes, that great little camera had that low of a setting. Opened in Photoshop and tweaked using Topaz Labs B&W Effects.

The Metropolitan was also sold as a Hudson, although I have never seen one in person, when Nash and Hudson merged in 1954 to form American Motors and later as a standalone marque during the Rambler years. In the early 50’s many Nash Statesman Super Sedan’s were used as police cars but I don’t think the little Metro would make the cut. In Mechanix Illustrated the legendary editor Tom McCahill wrote, “It is not a sports car by the weirdest torturing of the imagination but it is a fleet, sporty little bucket which should prove just what the doctor ordered for a second car, to be used either for a trip to the movies or for a fast run to a penicillin festival.”

Because I like funky, offbeat and unloved cars, I’ve always loved these little cars but I have a feeling that Mary would hate it—just a guess though.




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