Ed Gerson proudly displays his 1956 Nash Metropolitan.
Ed Gerson proudly displays his 1956 Nash Metropolitan.

Perhaps you’ve seen Ed Gerson driving around Sandy Springs.

He’s hard to miss. He’s the driver of the pint-sized, coral-and-white 1956 Nash Metropolitan, a little car that looks like a wind-up toy. Complete with wind-up key.

“I just feel like a kid driving it again,” Gerson said. “I feel like I’m 16.”

In fact, his Nash is the same model he drove when he was 16. It originally was his older sisters’ car, but it was handed down to him and he learned to drive on it. He’s felt a fondness toward the two-seat Nashes since. About 10 years ago, he started searching for a similar car on the auction website Ebay. After couple of years, he found one, he said, and bought it.

Pretty much everything on the car is original, he said, except that he has added seat belts, upgraded the radio so he could listen to FM stations and attached the fake wind-up key to the back of the car. He installed a switch that allows him to power up the motorized key so that it slowly turns as he drives along. To complete the joke, he added the label “hybrid” to the back of his car.

People spot him on the road and do double-takes. “I’ll pass people and they’ll be…” he said, opening his eyes wide and dropping his jaw in amazement. Some, he said, flag him down and ask to take selfies with his car. He’s happy to oblige.

“You should laugh with yourself and not take yourself too seriously.” After all, he said, “it’s my toy.”

This eye-popping little coral-and-white car is no toy.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.