Wordy Wednesday #170 “Nash Metropolitan Police Car”


I’ve always loved the Nash Metropolitan. Mary and I saw this one when we were driving back from Evergreen, Colorado where we had gone to friend’s house to look at an MG B 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 (pre-Sony) X1 one of the coolest little cameras anybody ever built. 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 Nash Metropolitan he Metropolitan was also sold as a Hudson, although I never saw one, when Nash and Hudson merged in 1954 to form the American Motors and later as a standalone marque during the Rambler years. 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.

If you like cars, bop on over to Joe Farace Shoots Cars for some tips on photographing cars, announcement of car shows, trips to car museums and other automobile related topics.

Author: Joe Farace

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