1958 Metro And Fiat 600: Odd Pair

Fiat Metro

Outside of being small and from the same year, this pair couldn’t be more different. Why would someone happen to own both of these very different cars from the same year, a 1958 Metro and a 1958 Fiat 600? They are listed together here on craigslist for $5,000, but he is open to offers. There’s not much information except they were both in a barn for 20 years and they are complete. This being the Central Valley of California, it’s possible that they aren’t rusty! What would be a reasonable price for these, assuming they are not rotted out? Would anyone take on two little projects?

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Comments

  1. Jose

    Where are these located. Article says they are in Central Valley. Live in Stockton, CA, and would like to see them but articles does not say where they are. Also does not tell us how to bid on the pair.

    Any comments?

  2. Howard A Member

    While I’d have no use for the Fiat (except, maybe for a boat anchor) the Met suffers from terminal cuteness ( like a Bugeye Sprite) The Metropolitan , like most small cars of that time, were just the right car at the wrong time. Nowadays, the Met would be right at home and would probably be able to keep up with traffic ( on 2 lanes, anyway) a claim, I don’t think the Fiat could muster. The ’58 had the bigger motor, 1500, and for what they were, people loved them. Where’s the beautiful hood ornament on the Met? Sure is nicer than looking at some bulldogs rear end on a Mack truck. :)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nash_Metropolitan#/media/File:Nash_Hood_Ornament.jpg

  3. grant

    My mom had a Metropolitan as her first car. According to her it was, as a prior commenter describes, terminally cute; but totally gutless. She preferred my dad’s Mercury Monterey.

  4. Simca Dave

    If I lived close they’d be mine. Fiat 600 consistently bring 7,00-13,000 and a nice Nash Metro will bring in 9,000 and up. Both are basic cars, easy to source parts, easy to work on and fun to drive. I don’t see any major body problems, but the pictures are pretty poor. If I was close I’d show up with $ 4,000 cash in my hand, towing a car hauler, and see what kind of a deal I could strike. Both cars would be fun additions to my collection.

  5. Aaron B.

    I would get that Fiat up and running and drive it and go up to these folks driving the “Fiats” and say “Now that’s a Fiat!”

  6. Howard A Member

    I remember an episode on “American Pickers” ( I know, totally scripted, but it’s cool) where they met “the hubcap lady” and she had a Met in a shed that had like 14 miles on it. It had Hudson nameplates, so it must have been an early one. Her late husband bought it for her in 1955, I think, with the intent of her getting her driver’s license. She never did get her license and the car sat all those years. She wouldn’t sell it for sentimental reasons.
    http://www.imcdb.org/i420309.jpg

  7. BMW/Tundra Guy

    Is it me or does it seem that the vast majority of the vehicles featured on BF seem to be located in the Mid West to the Totaly West?? I am in the South East and seems like very few of the cars featured are anywhere near close! Not complaining, just a curiosity.
    As for these two, I would dump the Fiat in the nearest pond (in the middle of the night of course) and fix up the Met to original condition except for maybe some not too visible engine enhancements.
    Just my 1 cent worth………….

    • Jesse Staff

      We feature the stuff people send in, so be sure to email us any good finds in your area. Thanks!

  8. Rex Rice

    I have my wife’s Fiat 600 insured for $10,000, it’s current appraised value. Don’t dismiss the Fiat.

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