So apparently this weekend Hooniverse’s favorite Finn is off to Helsinki for the weekend to catch some World Championship Ice Hockey games, UDMan is still playing hookey and who knows where ThePeteMan is so my fellow Hoons are stuck with this olelongrooffan’s carp for the weekend. As I am not quite creative enough to let all ya’all know what cars are for sale in Italy nor offer up a bunch of Newports from ebay, this weekend ya’all get just a bunch of random sightings I have seen around Palm Beach, Florida in the past coupla weeks. Consider it a Long Shots weekend if you will. And no, that is not my elcheapoebay acquired image taker seen in the reflection of that dog dish Metropolitan wheel cover in the above image. It’s the freebeeimagetaker that was bestowed upon this olelongrooffan a few weeks ago. And this one works fine, Thank You Very Much.
But before we get to that Metropolitan, I couldn’t resist sharing this bit of Americana I spotted last weekend on my way to see a bunch of restomods and meeting Wil’s pop. Yeah, the Twistee Treat up there in Stuart, Florida, just down US 1 from Easy Street. If you are in the area, I absolutely recommend this place. Be sure to get the chocolate/vanilla soft serve in an old fashioned cone. It’s the real deal.
But anyway back to the Metropolitan. I was cruising down A1A heading to that place that loves Chad Knauss so much to pick up what, I don’t remember. Anyway, I spotted this old upside down bathtub pull out in front of me a ways down the street and this olelongrooffan had to slow down to follow it to wherever it was headed as I was in no hurry to get to that big box. Yeah, I love the lazy days of summer.
Well, I followed that dude for quite a ways and he ended up just down the street from DV8 Motorsports which, incidentally, is another bunch of the random carp this olelongrooffan has seen around town recently.
So, the MetropolitanDrivingDude pulls into the parking lot of his favorite automotive repair facility and this longerroof driving longrooffan pulls in the empty spot beside that Nash. And as I always seem to do, I engaged that big*ss cigar chomping dude in a brief conversation about his unusual means of transport.
As it turns out, the purchase of this Metropolitan was actually his wife’s idea. (Of course, I asked if she had a single sister. Sadly, no.) Anyway, she had seen a yellow and white one of these around town (Incidentally, I’ve seen it also) and talked her old man into finding one and buying it. Yeah, I can’t make this up. She loves Hooning around in this car and it is the first stick shift she had ever driven. This olelongrooffan can’t think of a better car to start with, BTW.
So they have had this red and white beauty for about 8 months and as the cigar chomping dude shared, they can’t drive it anywhere without someone saying something about it. I guess if you choose to drive a ’61 Nash Metropolitan, you are gonna have that.
He mentioned his daughter works for the Home Shopping Network up in Hotlanta and, through various connections she has, was able to get his prized possession in a Coca-Cola commercial back in January. Now that is all said and good but I still think my brother, Bus-Plunge, with his shorty school bus getting in a Mickey D’s commercial destined for Jolly Old England is still the trump card so far as commercials go. Unless we are talking about Mr. Emslie’s father -in-law’s garage. That is at least a chapter in itself.
And check out the boot on this beast. The lid opens up like a modern day, well C6 anyway, Corvette coupe’s rear end but with this one, the rear seat back folds down to provide a pass through to the passenger compartment. Not really enough room for snow skies though. Maybe a Publix bag or two.
And the dash on this 1961 Nash Metropolitan is relatively spartan as far as ’61 automobiles go. But I really appreciate the single control radio knob as seen on the right of that in dash speaker. Not quite Klipsch but good enough for this olelongrooffan.
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