Anyone who knows me knows that I’m normally a purist by heart. I normally prefer vehicles that are either original or restored to original specs. In the case of this 1961 Nash Metropolitan 4×4, I would have to say that I amend my purist status – I love this thing! This funky 4×4 is listed here on craigslist with an asking price of $8,995 and I believe that it’s in Wilder, Idaho? The seller only gives a city, Wilder, and the area code is 208. Thanks to Rocco B for submitting this fantastic 4×4!
This will be a love it or hate it vehicle, and I’m surprised that I’m in the love-it camp on this Met. It looks like it was well done, very well done, in fact.
Ok, the front bumper could have been done a little better with more of a rounded shape, but other than that I think it’s a bang-up job! This fun 4WD is sitting on a Suzuki Samurai drivetrain but it’s registered (yes, it’s registered and street legal) as a Metropolitan and the seller mentions that it’ll do 70+ mph!
This is a Series IV car, the last of its kind, in fact. Or, the last of its kind for the regular Met. The trunk was new for this generation and there were just under 970 cars sold in 1961.
The interior is even cool! Again, normally I’m a bone-stock sort of guy, but this really looks like a nice piece of work here. Well, other than some errant wires hanging under the dash. I’m not sure why those weren’t routed more carefully given the nice craftsmanship and finished appearance on the rest of this l’il rig. The front seats definitely look more comfortable than the standard issue Met seats, but it would have been nice to have the black and white diamond pattern that ’61s would have had; I would definitely do that if I owned this one. There’s also a nicely-upholstered spot behind the seats for stashing some luggage or groceries, or for a shovel and some sand for winter duties.
This isn’t the 55-hp, 1.5L inline-four from the Austin A50 Cambridge that a person would usually find in a post-1955 Met. This is actually Suzuki’s 1.3L inline-four with around 66-hp. Again, there are some wires under the hood and it would have been nice if they were tucked away or at least routed in a flexible, black wire conduit. But, other than that, it looks like a nice job in fabricating and changing out the engines. What do you think of this custom 4×4? Are you a purist when it comes to unique cars like the Metropolitan or do you like this one as much as I do? Have you ever made a custom 4×4 like this?