Nash car dealership

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Title: Nash car dealership

Creator: Adolph B. Rice Studio

Date: March 20, 1954

Identifier: Rice Collection 294F

Format: 1 negative, safety film, 4 x 5 in.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Virginia, Prints and Photographs, 800 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA, 23219, USA,

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  1. explorerTom [deleted] 76 months ago | reply

    i agree with you, Howard33. I also wish cars still looked the way they did in the 50's, but with all the modern advancements that cars have today.

  2. mattface 76 months ago | reply

    One of those modern advancements was called aerodynamics. Other advancements I mentioned in my earlier comment such as crush zones and the ability to withstand impact at 5mph also have influenced the way mordern cars look.

    I agree cars of the 50s looked fabulous, but the primary design concern then was style. We can't really go back without erasing all we now know about how to build better cars. Sure therye are modern cars with retro styling, but you can't just throw a 1950s body on top of a modern chassis. Partly because the modern chassis is part of what's called a unibody design. the body is integrated into the chassis. It allows them to be lighter, more rigid, and to withstand impact better, whereas back then they bodies were just bolted on top of a rolling chassis which consisted of a couple of frame rails, suspension components and wheels.

  3. Stu Mac Photo 75 months ago | reply

    Give me style any day of the week

  4. Lú_ 74 months ago | reply

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  5. browsing the hardware upgrades 74 months ago | reply

    As for the mileage, "your mileage may vary" (YMMV) applied as much back then as now, and were often pretty optimistic. My father dourly commented that fuel mileage estimates for cars of that period must have been determined with the car going down hill and with a tail wind...

    About the only thing cars from that period had going for them was distinctive styling. Anybody under 50 can't understand how a really good quality bias tire of the time was often worn out at 15,000 miles, the poor handling and lousy drum brakes, the tendency of body panels to rust through in 5 years in the "salt belt," the lack of any safety features beyond the non-shatter windshields, etc. Photos of the old cars are great, but the new vehicles are a _LOT_ better than they used to be.

  6. t knouff 70 months ago | reply

    Drove one of these, 1959 Nash Metro, on my wedding day (the first one !) and in the movie "This Boys Life" (almost got run over by a stunt driver in a 1950's fuel hauler ! ) alas, wound-up on the cutting room floor. ( the footage, and the marriage)

  7. channaher 70 months ago | reply

    I was going to ask, what was the unique selling proposition in the two decimal places for the mileage, but it seems it was a December 1953 test at the NASCAR track at Raleigh (NC) Speedway, notice the endurance claim underneath the mileage claim, so it was a highly specific run. (source)

  8. ✠ drakegoodman ✠ 70 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Vintage Background People, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  9. q8500e 68 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called CARS - السيارات - 車 - Autos - coches - автомоб, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  10. klbythebay 67 months ago | reply

    If we had the gasoline they did in those days now we'd get more miles per gallon than we do with today's crap!

  11. titaree 65 months ago | reply

    nice shot...

  12. drdave1666 65 months ago | reply

    Wow! 41mpg...I want a Nash Metropolitan!

  13. BreathlessConni 51 months ago | reply

    My dad had a 1957 Nash Metropolitan. While it was a show car & wasn't driven too much, I can attest to the fact that it got incredible mileage. One of my favorite cars ever!

  14. "Straylight" 48 months ago | reply

    I like how the (presumably bored) little girl is the only one cognisant of the fact that someone is taking a photo.

    On a side note, 41 mpg is pretty good (especially by US standards) but my VW Golf TDi can easily get me 50 mpg. That said, I recently had to drive quite quickly from Cumbria to Edinburgh. The round trip cost me £80.00. That's $130.79!

    Perhaps next time I'll walk.

  15. worldsfair39 37 months ago | reply

    Fuel was leaded then, also the Nash Metropolitan was a rather small car, cute but small. It did get rather good mileage compared it's contemporaries such as big Chevy's and Chrysler's.

    I once read an article in a mid 50s issue of Popular Mechanics and there was a story about a man who invented a special carburetor in 1936. It was designed to get a typical family sized car the staggering economy of 700 MPG! Before he was able to develop this major advancement in fuel consumption, it went on to say that men in black suits showed up and confiscated his invention and gave him an ultimatum such as; if you so should ever get this 700 mpg wild hair again, they'd not be so easy on him! The article did feature an illustration of the carb but, sadly no diagrams!

    Could you imagine driving a 1936-56 model car and getting 700 mpg??? Wow, no wonder the oil companies paid that guy a social call! That would send a devastating blow to their money belts!

  16. PETER9914 Back on track. 36 months ago | reply

    Some things never change. The body language tells me that the guy is believing the sales rep and the lady is thinking, "buy this and your dead". :)

  17. Howard33 36 months ago | reply

    The 700 mile carb is the mother of all urban legends. If you got 100% of the energy out of a gallon of gasoline, it wouldn't move two tons that far.

  18. worldsfair39 36 months ago | reply

    I don't blame you being sceptical, it could be a fish story, but I'll have to find the article and scan it and forward it to those who'd like to read it... It's an interesting read. I'll call my friend later and see if he can pull it out of his archive (Archive = pile of old magazines that are in corners of every room lol)


  19. artland 33 months ago | reply

    This is a wonderful shot!
    You are invited to post it to:


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