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Katherine
11-06-2006, 08:37 PM
http://www.imagestation.com/album/pictures.html?id=2099771873

rbgarr
11-06-2006, 08:53 PM
I didn't know the Nash Metropolitan was built in a station wagon version. Cool!

ishmael
11-06-2006, 09:21 PM
Thanks for the pics, Katherine.

When is someone going to market a fun, hot, eeensy beentsy car in the US again?

botebum
11-06-2006, 09:55 PM
The Ishmobile !

http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h92/botebum/mini-cooper-s-works-gp-784119.jpg
:D :D :D

Doug

Stiletto
11-06-2006, 11:41 PM
Thanks for that, a great variety.

ahp
11-07-2006, 09:55 AM
I don,t know why anyone would waste their time restoring a Nash Metropolitan. It was one the worst cars on the road at that time.

Joe (SoCal)
11-07-2006, 10:04 AM
See now THIS is a auto show, not that PIMP my ride crap ;)

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid218/p8ce80765cb0cd8102bba8edc85e61b0b/ec29397e.jpg

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid218/p0cb7791c227bffe333847a66d6529d43/ec293943.jpg

ishmael
11-07-2006, 10:10 AM
The Mini is interesting, but I was thinking even smaller. Doesn't Mercedes make a roller skate in Europe? I mean, TINY. You can plunk it in a parallel space perpendicular. Little gas or turbo diesel, tight in the suspension. Almost as exposed as a motorcycle, but with the airbag technology available probably not that much more vulnerable than the truck sitting in my driveway. Oodles of mpg, and fun! I wish I had a fiver for every big, lumbering car I see commuting around here with one person in the cab.

Gary E
11-07-2006, 11:43 AM
I wish I had a fiver for every big, lumbering car I see commuting around here with one person in the cab.

I guess I resemble that remark in my ROADMASTER....
but I's COMFORTABLE :)

A fookin Mini... need one for each foot there so small

ishmael
11-07-2006, 12:00 PM
LOL.

As the science of ergonomics has progressed it's possible to make ever smaller cabs comfortable. The Honda Fit, a little hatch, is getting rave revues on its seating and such.

I think, especially if gas prices continue unpredictable, there will be an increased market for something along the lines of the old little three wheelers out of Europe. What was that little postwar German car? A Messerschmitt! Pretty crude, but the idea could be refined. Neighbors when I was growing up had a tiny BMW, the two seater with a front door. The fellow was an eccentric tinkerer, and as a kid I thought that car was very cool! The whole front end opened up for ingress and egress.

If you made it sporty, fun to drive, comfortable and affordable, even old farts like me would take a look.

geeman
11-07-2006, 12:10 PM
Looking at those cars made me remember my 1st sighting of a foreign car.It was the very early 50's, and it was a VW bug.I remember thinking at the time that that was the UGLIEST car I had ever seen.

Gary E
11-07-2006, 12:13 PM
LOL.

As the science of ergonomics has progressed it's possible to make ever smaller cabs comfortable. The Honda Fit, a little hatch, is getting rave revues on its seating and such.

I think, especially if gas prices continue unpredictable, there will be an increased market for something along the lines of the old little three wheelers out of Europe. What was that little postwar German car? A Messerschmitt! Pretty crude, but the idea could be refined. Neighbors when I was growing up had a tiny BMW, the two seater with a front door. The fellow was an eccentric tinkerer, and as a kid I thought that car was very cool! The whole front end opened up for ingress and egress.

If you made it sporty, fun to drive, comfortable and affordable, even old farts like me would take a look.

"rave revues " ??? from WHO??? 5'6 skinny midgets???

"sporty, fun to drive, comfortable and affordable" well leave off the sporty crap and the ROADMASTER does all the rest... if I wanted more sporty than the current '92 Corvette engine in it, I'd have a 505 installed.

ishmael
11-07-2006, 12:25 PM
Actually, Gary, from what I've read the Fit is good to go for tall drinks of water. Beefy may be a different matter, but headroom is quite adequate.

Gary E
11-07-2006, 12:29 PM
Yeah... and I spose you also remember Wilt Chamberlain in those V W comercials....
You REALLY think he owned one?

http://images.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/pix/medium/889894.jpg

ishmael
11-07-2006, 12:43 PM
I'm just shy of 5'11"".

Gary E
11-07-2006, 12:49 PM
Little feller ehh....

So was I the time I got on the same airplane as the Philly 76 ers one time...

B_B
11-07-2006, 12:56 PM
The Mini is interesting, but I was thinking even smaller. Doesn't Mercedes make a roller skate in Europe? I mean, TINY.

smart fourtwo: http://www.smartcarofamerica.com/

http://winecountry.it/assets/articles/usa/travel_italy/smart.jpg

possible next years model:
http://www.heyginger.com/smart-next.jpg

WillW
11-07-2006, 03:07 PM
Smart cars are available in Canada. $20K, a bit steep for something half the size of a Mini. They go like stink, with a turbo diesel. (I've been passed by them while doing 120K on the highway.) I've never been a fan of the "heavier is better" in snow, but I'd be worried about hitting a snow drift and bouncing. Also, there's not really even enough room for a good load of groceries.

WillW
11-07-2006, 03:08 PM
Also, 60 mpg Imperial

John Meachen
11-07-2006, 06:29 PM
Those of you living in the land of cheap fuel and huge cars may need to reconsider your priorities as and when things change.By way of encouragement I would like to relate that the late Russell Bulgin was a well regarded motoring journalist who undertook a 140 mile daily commute in a Nissan Micra.He was also 6'7" tall.He found the vehicle rather better than adequate for the purpose.
Thanks to Katherine for the image album of some splendid cars.

bamamick
11-07-2006, 06:38 PM
in California. I thought that their prices were a little more reasonable (more in the $15K range). Personally I love the little buggers. In the town where I have worked in Germany the owners will park them on the sidewalks.

I can attest to the fact that they will travel pretty fast. I would not like to see one that had been in any kind of accident, though. They are really designed for in-the-city driving in Europe and I am not sure that they fit the American/Canadian idea of a car that you can take off on the highways in.

Mickey Lake

Andy Bangs
11-07-2006, 06:53 PM
Thanks, Katherine. What an interesting collection of cars. The Nash Metropolitan was an awful car. My late brother managed to tip one over backing down our driveway so I'd guess it was hazardous as well as ugly.