About This Vehicle
- Mileage: 333
- Engine: 1500CC
- Body Style: Convertible
- Transmission: Manual
- Exterior Color: Red
- Interior Color: Black
- VIN: E87322
ABSOLUTELY AWESOME, 1961 NASH METROPOLITAN CONVERTIBLE, NICELY RESTORED AND JUST 1 OF 853 PRODUCED FOR THE US MARKET!!
AFFECTIONATELY NAMED “MS. CLEMENTINE“… SHE IS READY TO SHOW AND GO!!!
Allow me to introduce you to Ms. Clementine. She is an irresistibly cute 1961 Nash Metropolitan Convertible that has been living with us for a couple of months after her previous owner realized that she was “Too Cute” to be spending all of her time inside away from her friends. The previous owner purchased Ms. Clementine about 4 years ago hoping to enjoy this awesome Classic convertible on sunny weekend drives and to the local car shows and cruise-ins. Unfortunately with 4 businesses to run she began to realize that she just did not have the time to enjoy this classics as she had hoped. We were actually purchasing a 2007 Corvette Convertible from her at the time and when she learned we were a Classic Car Dealership she introduced us to Ms. Clementine and of course we just had to have her!! Now one thing is for sure, Ms Clementine is a far cry from the usual Muscle Cars that fill our warehouse but she fits right in and gets more attention than lot of the Hot Rods and Muscle cars she is surrounded by. There is just something very adoring about these little Nash Metropolitans that has had even had some Automotive Magazine writers call it “One of the Greatest Cars of All Times”. If you have been searching for one then you already know all about them. For those of you who are like me and just are drawn to this cute little classic, it is interesting to learn that 1961 was the second lowest production year, making this particular car just 1 of 853 brought in to the US market and that includes coupes. Of course, 52 years later it is surely more rare then that. Prior to the woman we purchased the car from we were told Ms. Clementine was owned by an older couple in Idaho for a couple of years. They had purchased it from a Classic Car Dealer in Missouri who had several Nash Metropolitans at the time. The story was that the car was originally from California most of its life and was restored about 10 years ago by a Nash Enthusiast who was also a member of the Metropolitan Club in California. As you will see in the pictures that follow it is easy to see that this was a very well cared for Classic that was treated to a very high level, professional, restoration. Very few miles have been put on this car since the restoration but it has always been very well maintained by the owners since then and she is a gorgeous convertible that runs and drives as sweet as she looks. I will do my best to provide enough pictures and a video so you can hear her running to enable you to decide if this sweetheart belongs in your collection! Sit back and enjoy as I now present to you….Ms. Clementine!!!
As I mentioned this ’61 Nash Metropolitan was beautifully restored approximately 10 years ago. The body and paint have held up extremely well since then and most people would think the restoration was just completed. Body panels are very straight and the body panel fit is excellent. Doors open and close with ease. As you will see in the pictures that follow the two-tone Red and white paint job has been accented with some beautifully done hand pin-striping in various places. This added touch truly helps make Ms. Clementine stand out even more then she would otherwise. I did not notice any signs of rust on the body and it appears that all body panels are original to the car. Chrome trim, Front Grille and bumpers all look fantastic with just some minor pitting on the window trim which appears to be original. An absolutely awesome Series IV Hood Ornament rests upon the hood and really adds style to this Nash. As you can see she is wearing her original fender skirts and there are also curb-feelers on the passengers side….now that has to take you back in time! While her body is absolutely gorgeous she does have a couple of very minor flaws that many people would never notice. I noticed a couple of very tiny bubbles in the paint on the top of the drivers side fender which appear to have been there for many years. A couple of extremely small rock chips may be found upon close inspection and I noticed a small chip in the paint on the header panel where the convertible top latches down that could easily be touched up. Overall Ms. Clementine’s body is a knock out and she will draw the crowds at the shows and cruise-ins and most likely bring home her share of trophies if that is what you enjoy. Have a look around:
Ms. Clementine is not a modest gal and enjoys being driven top-down as much as possible. She enjoys the looks and thumbs up from all of her admirers. However, she is alo a realist and can strut her stuff equally as well with her top up as you can see in the pics below. She was treated to a new top at the time of restoration which looks brand new with crystal clear windows. The top opens and closes quite easily and latches down snugly. A new boot cover snaps on easily for those top down rides. Take a peek:
Ms Clementine does love to be admired but she also loves her passengers and welcomes them inside her beautiful black and white interior. The front and rear seats are in great condition with the rear seat looking like it has never been sat on. The front seat has a few very minor stains that could be cleaned up easily. Door panels look like new as does the carpeting. Original steering wheel looks great and you have to love the way the turn signals function with the dial on the steering wheel. Of course they do work as do all of the gauges, lights, and wipers. The dash looks to have been restored as well and looks like new. The column shifter has some signs of age as you would expect on an original shifter. The radio is as charming as it gets. It was working when we got it but I was not able to get any sound when I shot my video but I will try to resolve this for all of you AM radio lovers. Inside the glove box is an original owners manual. Windows roll up and down nicely. She is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside….What a gal!! Have a look inside:
Under her hood sits what we believe to be her original Austin 1500cc motor. It appears that the motor was most likely pulled at the time of restoration and I would imagine was gone through completely given the level of restoration and how well she currently drives and performs. From my research it appears this motor puts out about 55 horsepower so give your self about 30 seconds or so to reach a speed of 60mph and probably a bit more if you are headed up hill. The point is that she loves to show off her beauty but likes to takes her time doing it which will allow you the time to enjoy the sunshine and scenery as she cruises wherever you take her. Her 3-speed manual shift on the column operates smoothly and shifts very nicely. She steers and handles with ease. At just about 1800 lbs. she is quite a lightweight and she will stop quite easily as well. Brakes feel great. Suspension feels very tight and new shocks were put on the rear. Carburetor is nicely tuned and she starts easily even when she has been sitting a while. With slightly under 350 miles reading on the odometer it is difficult to say for sure the total mileage but if I had to guess I would say there may only be 350 miles on her since the restoration but unfortunately do not have any documentation of this. Whitewall Radial tires look great and have tons of tread left. Inside of the trunk is rock solid and clean with surprisingly good space if needed. We also have a great original Technical Service manual that will be included for the new owner. The undercarriage and floorpans are also rock solid and nicely detailed. I have included a video below so you can see and hear her start up and running.
HERE IS A SHORT VIDEO SO YOU CAN HEAR THIS METROPOLITAN CONVERTIBLE START UP AND RUNNING: (TURN UP YOUR VOLUME AND CLICK THE ARROW TO START VIDEO)
DRIVE THE DREAM!!!
If you have any questions feel free to call me at 770-359-8400 and I will do my best to answer them. If you are a serious buyer lets talk on the phone and discuss it. I will be happy to negotiate a deal so we can get this beautiful car in to your garage as soon as possible. In addition to being a licensed Classic Car Dealer I am also a Transport Broker and will be happy to assist the buyer with a great rate on Enclosed or Open Transport anywhere in the US at the buyers expense or to any port for overseas buyers.