Alameda Street Sighting - 1958 Nash Metropolitan 1500 Series III
After a succession of several "bad" vintage compact cars that are sort of cool, let's look at one of the early compacts that was a bit of a joke in its own time. This is the second Nash Metropolitan that's appeared here. Both hailed from Alameda, a place that with its 25-mph speed limits appears to be the domain of Model Ts, neighborhood electric vehicles and Nash Metropolitans.
Alameda is a wild card town for carspotting. It was the territory of Jalopnik/Truth About Cars blogger Murilee Martin (Phil Greden) who published his Down On The Street feature with over 500 Alameda cars over a few years. Now I go there occasionally, trying to track down his old sightings as well as a number of new ones.
This Metro turned up one evening when I decided to kill some time in Alameda on the way back from San Francisco. The diminutive runabout begged to be photographed, painted a cheerful Caribbean Blue over Frost White and sporting skinny little whitewalls complete with Continental spare out back. It's a very cute and feminine-looking car, with a hood ornament of a woman from the factory and the custom addition of a very fuzzy seat cover. The license plate, "KUTEST", is apt. Interestingly, I found out later that it is owned by a lady, after I saw it entered in the Park Street Car Show this past October. It was parked next to a matching blue and white first-generation Ford Bronco owned by her husband. I don't often see his-and-hers classics, but I thought that was a great pair.
California Streets is a blog that celebrates the history of the automobile in California. We feature old, interesting and often rare cars and trucks found parked on public streets and roads around the state of California.
I'm a delivery driver by trade, but I'm also a freelance artist and hobby photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area with a healthy interest in cars. I love finding and documenting fascinating old cars wherever I go.