Some years are notable for what happened – sometimes good, sometimes bad. With regard to this toy, the automotive world was noted for the production of the 1958 Metropolitan Nash a product of the merger of Hudson and Nash motor companies. This was the first car to be marketed under both names – Nash… Hudson, and was produced both as a hardtop and as a convertible.
The original car is often referred to as America’s first subcompact. It had an Austin A50 engine reaching speeds of 78 MPH. It was produced in two different combinations of two-tone colors:
Snowberry White with Caribbean Green;
and Sunburst Yellow and Coral Red.
A Continental kit included a spare tire finished in gray with the hub caps matching the body color. The actual Metropolitan car was produced – off and on – into the 1960’s.
Due to the popularity of this car, Dinky-Matchbox included this car in their ‘Oldies but Goodies’ line of die cast collectibles, circa 1997. Much like the original car this 1958 Metropolitan Nash Convertible die cast replica comes with the following:
- Convertible body style with two doors
- Two-tone colors – Snowberry White with Caribbean Green
- Continental kit – gray
- Rubber white-sidewall tires
- Radio antenna
- Scale: 1:43
- Embossed on bottom: Dinky, Matchbox, 1958 Nash Metropolitan, DYG15-M
- License plate front and rear- V7638, New York Empire State, 1958
- Clear plastic windshield
- Black plastic steering wheel
- Headlights – clear plastic
- Taillights – red plastic
If you find one of these great Nash replicas, look for the Certificate of Authenticity, copyright 1997 and if you can also find the box – as you know, that adds to the collectibility as well.