For the second year in a row, the Hot Wheels Legends Tour picked one car to be immortalized as a 1:64 scale die-cast toy car at the SEMA Show. This time around, the finalists came from 20 different car shows in the United States and Mexico. The grand prize went to this 1957 Nash Metropolitan, built by Greg Salzillo and Greg Ford. The finalist judging panel was packed with automotive celebrities, including Jay Leno, Adam Carolla, Richard Rawlings, Dave Marek, and Peter Brock.
This little Nash Metro has a small block Chevy 305 under the hood, making around 300 horsepower, with headers poking out of the front fenders. It also has bias-ply tires sticking clear of the bodywork, and, of course, the big pair of dice air cleaners atop the twin carburetors. The car was briefly purchased by Richard Rawlings to appear on an episode of Fast N’ Loud, but when those plans fell through, the two Gregs bought the car back.
Is that too much motor for the tires? Does the exhaust dump exhaust fumes right in through the windows? The answer is that it doesn’t matter. The cars on the Legends Tours are meant to be real-life Hot Wheels, so practicality isn’t as much of a factor as creativity. The finalist were selected from each of the regional shows, each judged on a equally weighted five factors: The Hot Wheels Story behind your build, design, authenticity, garage spirit, and performance and fun.
Check out some studio photos of the Nash, as well as some of the finalists on display in Las Vegas, below.