Carl and Bonnie Fry's cars couldn't be much different if they tried. The big red '65 Buick Riviera was the first car they bought after they were married back in 1966; the little two-tone pink '59 Nash Metro was purchased just last month but already commands a spot of honor in their garage.
From behind, the miniature continental kit actually contains a spare tire. The '59 Metro was the first to feature a functioning trunk; earlier models required accessing the cargo area through the back seat.
The instrument bezel, known as a "mono-pod" contains an optimistic 80 mph speedometer and a few warning lights. The radio is equipped with pink dials, while the turn signals are activated by the switch atop the 2-spoke steering wheel. Note the yellow stick-on notes from the previous owner to explain various switch functions.
The heart of the beast is this 52-horsepower Austin 4-cylinder engine. Both Nash and Hudson, working with Kelvinator (the refrigerator company) contracted with English automaker Austin to build Metros and export them to the United States.
The Riviera is nearly stock, with only subtle upgrades applied during a year-long frame-off restoration. Ironically, it replaced a fuel-injected '57 Chevy hardtop as a boat-towing vehicle because it had more heft and better brakes.
A massive flight-deck styled instrument panel, flowing into a wood-grained center console is filled with all the necessary gauges and controls. A closer look reveals the ribbed chrome tilt steering column.
The engine bay of the Riviera is one place where Carl Fry stepped things up from stock: twin 4-barrel Carter AFB carbs with custom matched K&N air cleaners, chromed valve covers and custom-machined caps for the power steering and master cylinder reservoirs, along with an MSD ignition add sparkle and utility.