Do you think the Mini Cooper and Fiat 500 are real mini cars? If you want ultra-cool in a compact package, how about this 1957 Nash Metropolitan instead? Classic ''50s styling with an economical and fun driving style make for a slam-dunk hobby car during these uncertain times. Restored in 2005 by a guy who just wanted to drive, this little Met is a rather rare and unusual coupe version and remains in great condition today. The Ivory paint has a great pastel 1950s look that shows off the interesting bodywork to great effect. With that subtle color, you can take the time to notice things like the vent at the base of the windshield, the little dip in the doors where the windows roll down, and the jaunty continental kit out back that makes everyone smile. Fit and finish are quite good, and despite a few years of driving enjoyment across the country, it really looks fantastic. Much of the chrome is original, which is OK because this car hails from California and spent much of its life in Texas and Georgia. It''s also worth noting that this car proudly wears a Metropolitan emblem on its grille, not the usual Nash badge of earlier years. The Metropolitan is small, but it feels full-size once you''re behind the wheel. The diminutive proportions mask a surprisingly comfortable interior, anchored by a cloth bench with split back for easy access to the rear package shelf area. With narrow pleats it looks right for 1957, although the materials aren''t 100% correct. The simple instrument panel is reminiscent of the other micro-car of the period, the VW Beetle, with its big speedometer and fuel gauge setup, but someone has thoughtfully added a Stewart-Warner temperature gauge just to the left of the steering column. The original AM radio is in the dash and as is typical of cars of this era, it''s not functional, but there''s an AM/FM head unit in the dash so you shouldn''t be afraid to hit the road. With combined storage between the trunk and rear area, this really is a car that can take you on a cross-country tour without compromise. The Metropolitan is an interesting Anglo-American hybrid in that it''s one of the rare cars that was built in Europe exclusively for the US-market by a US auto maker. As a result, it carries a 1489 cc inline-four built by Austin in England. It''s a rugged little engine that delivers spirited performance in the lightweight Metropolitan and parts are still easy to find and quite inexpensive. Even more importantly, fuel mileage routinely hovers in the 30+ MPG range, making this a fantastic car if you''re on a budget but still like to get out and drive. The engine bay is neat and tidy, but since it''s been driven and enjoyed, it''s no longer show-quality, but mechanically it remains in superior condition and ready to drive anywhere. The 3-speed manual transmission has light action and with smart gearing, it cruises at 60 MPH without complaint and without being buzzy on the highway. The conventional suspension is surprisingly compliant and with those tiny 155/80/13 tires, the turning radius is tight enough to make traffic a blast. A neat little mini car with great club support and a wonderful ''50s vibe. If going green is your thing, perhaps a bit of eco-friendliness from the ''50s is just what you need. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Dallas/Fort Worth showroom. For more information, please call (817) 764-8000 or toll free (855) 877-2707.