Pictures For A Saturday

 

Pictures of a nearby lake. We used to live relatively close to this but probably drive by it more often since we moved farther away. The taking for granted of things in close proximity thing…This lake is the center of a nice community in a neighboring state. We actually might have considered living here except the taxes are much higher than where we live.

 

 

Not the first picture of a Metropolitan in this blog; this is a 1956 model so it could really be a Nash Metropolitan. Yes, I think these cars are adorable, so sue me. The cars were built for Nash—and later Hudson and Rambler as well—by Austin in the UK. I believe these were the first cars designed by a US auto company and intended for sale in the US that were built abroad. Almost 95,000 were sold in the US and Canada from 1953-62 and their success played a role, along with the success of the Studebaker Lark and imported cars like the Volkswagen Beetle, in pushing the Big Three to make compact cars.

 

 

Supposedly this is one of the 689 Pontiac Trans Am coupes built in 1969, the first year of the Trans Am. I’ve always liked the white with blue stripes exterior and I really don’t like the color white on cars, exterior or interior. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

 

 

This is a picture of the gorgeous Flavia Watson. (I believe the photo is from Spotify.) Remember the name…

 

 

From Scottsdale in January of 2019 a picture of a 1990 Toyota Sera. I had never seen one before; I had never heard of this car before. About 16,000 of these were built from February, 1990 and December, 1995. Some of them, like this 1990 model, can be legally imported into the US.

 

 

A picture of a sunrise in Scottsdale in January, 2019. The colors in the sky at sunrise and sunset almost don’t look real.

 

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Thursday Quirky

First, this car…

Picture from carbuzz.com…this is a Jaguar C-X75 prototype, pictured in last Friday’s post as a What Car Is This? car. The prototype was all electric, but Jaguar came close to putting it in production as a hybrid with a turbocharged gasoline engine until the “Great Recession” put an end to those plans.

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Photo from mecum.com. (Once again, it is not my intent to violate copyright laws. I always credit the photo source and if a copyright mark appears I will not use the photo.) This car, a 1961 Metropolitan (labeled as a Nash Metropolitan although I think the Nash name was not used on any car after the 1957 model year) sold at the big Mecum auction in Indianapolis yesterday for $18,000, $19,800 including the buyer’s premium. Regular readers know that my taste in automobiles runs to performance cars and 1950s/1960s GM cars, for the most part, but I am smitten with this car.

The Metropolitan, introduced for the 1954 model year, was actually the first car designed by an American company (Nash) to be exclusively sold in North America, but built entirely in Europe. The Metropolitan was a British car, with an Austin engine and transmission. Nash promoted the fact that the car was smaller than the Volkswagen Beetle, which was beginning to gain a foothold in the US market. During its production run about 95,000 Metropolitans were shipped to North America: roughly 83,000 to the US and 12,000 to Canada.

As I wrote in connection with the Opel GT, given the Metropolitan’s weight (about 1,800 pounds) and lack of modern safety features it might not be the safest car to drive today. Still, if any car can be called adorable then I think this is the first in line. An aside: where else are you going to see a picture of a Jaguar prototype supercar and a Metropolitan in the same post?!