The Nash Metropolitan is one of the most interesting American cars built in the post war era and was truly ahead of its time. Nash conducted surveys and experiments, for example, placing the NXI prototype on display at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City in 1950 to figure out whether or not there was a market for small "personal use" economical cars in the United States. Their findings led them to believe there was and to eventually produce and sell the Metropolitan. Designed by independent designer William J. Flajole for Nash Kelvinator, this was the first time an American car would be designed in the U.S., but entirely built in Europe. These cars used the 1200cc four cylinder Austin engine, Lucas electrics, and bodywork produced by Fisher & Ludlow of England. They were a unibody car making the cost to produce it much lower therefore they were able to offer the car at a very economical price to the American public. Production began in 1953, and the very first cars produced were called the NKI Custom (Nash Kelvinator International). Early on in 1954 the name was changed to the more well known name the "Metropolitan" (After serial number E4907).
The NKI Custom Convertible (serial #E3764) offered here is most likely the most exquisite early example in existence today. Still carrying its original NKI Custom badge on the right side fender, it has been treated to a complete rotisserie nut and bolt restoration and has every correct little detail bringing this car back to even better condition than when it was delivered new in 1954. Everything was restored and rebuilt on this car, everything from the engine to the body and suspension. Purchased from its original owner here in Connecticut 20 years ago, the car had had just two owners from new and is complete with its original tool kit, manuals, restoration receipts and its BMIHT heritage certificate showing it has its original engine and other numbers. Finished in its original colors of Croton Green with Malibu Ivory wheels and black top with tan vinyl with black and gold striped cloth interior, this car is stunning. Croton Green is a very rare color as Nash experienced a pigment problem in the paint therefore dropping the color in April of 1954, only a month after this car was produced. Overall this is a fantastic and very rare example of the seldom seen NKI custom. Offered publicly for the first time in many years, most likely the nicest and one of the only NKI customs in existence.
One of only 92 such 1969 Dodge Super Bee hardtop coupes with a Hemi engine and 4-speed transmission built for the U.S. market will be among the featured vehicles at GAA’s classic car auction scheduled for February 27-29 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
You may have watched the sale on television or read recently about the 1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer that sold at Barrett-Jackson for an astounding $110,000. While vintage sport utility vehicles have become popular with collectors of late, that 6-figure price paid was the exception, not the rule. It was the exception because the ’89 model […]
Gooding & Company’s first collector car auction outside the United States will present a “masterpiece collection” of 16 exceptional British, French and Italian sports, racing and luxury cars during its April 1 sale at historic Somerset House in London. All of the cars at the auction, which has been dubbed “Passion of a Lifetime,” are […]
A year ago, Porsche scion Ferdinand Porsche and his business partner Vinzenz Greger revived a weekend of auto racing on ice in Zell am See, Austria. They’re back, and now it’s “Ice Week 2020,” with events running from January 27 to February 2. In addition to vehicles previously announced, the organizers say that cars to […]
The explosion Saturday that took the lives of two employees of a manufacturing business in Houston also collapsed the roofs of two nearby buildings housing a Corvette restoration specialist. “Mine are flattened,” Gordon Andrus told Houston ABC television station KTRK. “It’s sitting there with about a million dollars in cars right now.” He added that […]
Here’s a sweet coupe from Italy that’s quite rare in the US, mainly because they were never sold outside of Europe. The premium Fiat has a handsome body designed and built by Pininfarina and an engine designed by Aurelio Lampredi, who also created exotic motors for Ferrari. The Pick of the Day is a 1973 […]
Brumos was among the most famous of all Porsche dealerships, known not only for its sales of Porsche cars on Florida’s northeast coast but for the success on the race track of its vehicles, which were driven by the likes of Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood. In 2015, the dealership was sold to the Field […]
Open-wheel racing cars come in a variety of sizes, and that includes the size of the engine and the vehicle itself. For example, in road racing, drivers often start in smaller and less powerful Formula Vee or Formula Ford cars and work their way up to Grand Prix racing. On America’s oval tracks, the progression […]
You don’t have to own or even ride motorcycles to appreciate them, and especially those of an older vintage, as mechanical marvels or for their amazing sculptural designs. And if we revere the pioneers of the automobile, what sort of pedestal should we reserve for those who first challenged what passed as roadways on two […]
Automakers boast of their vehicles’ lap times around the Nurburgring or over a 1-mile straightaway, and recently of the range of their electric-powered fleet. But Mercedes-Benz is claiming an automotive record of another sort as a pair of its Unimog U 5023 off-road vehicles have claimed driving at a height of nearly 21,962 feet. The […]