Besides my wife Shirley for 51 years, I have had a love affair with our little Nash Metropolitan classic car.
Nash Metropolitan? Most folks don’t even know what that is. Let me tell you, it is one of the most fun cars Shirley and I have ever owned. We always get smiles and thumbs- up when people see us drive by.
Metropolitans were manufactured in England and shipped to and sold in the United States from 1954 to 1962. They retailed new for around $1,500 to $1,800 depending on the model. Needless to say, they now command a much better price. Just recently, a 1955 Metropolitan convertible sold at Barrett Jackson Auction for a whopping $66,000.
The first Metropolitan we acquired was advertised on eBay and was located in western Idaho back in the late 1990s. It was an unrestored, 1957 two-door, red and white hardtop. We traveled there, purchased it, and towed it back to Wenatchee on our trailer. If I remember right, we paid $350 for it. My wife thought I was crazy paying that much for a car that didn’t even run.
When we arrived home in Wenatchee, the restoration began.
I have many mechanic friends who helped me restore our little classic car. We were delighted to know that there are several sources in the United States for parts of our little Met, so parts are available for complete restoration.
After several thousand dollars and many months, we were pleased to show our newsly restored Metropolitan around town as well as at several classic car shows in Canada, Oregon and Washington. We became members of the National Metropolitan Owners Club as well as our state club.
Since our first 1957 Met, we have purchased, restored and sold many of these little cars. We’ve sold and shipped them to Met enthusiasts all over the country.
We presently own four Metropolitans. Two of them (1955 and 1957) remain to be restored, and our two restored Mets. They are a 1957 turquoise and white hardtop and a 1959 yellow and white convertible. They are our beauties.
We have had our convertible in the Apple Blossom Parade for the last 10 years. The two cars are currently on display for several days at Pybus Public Market.
We love our little Metropolitans and best of all, they are very easy on gasoline. They get 35 to 40 miles per gallon around town.
Richard and Shirley Ehrenberg are Wenatchee residents and the proud owners of four Nash Metropolitans. They can be reached at email@example.com