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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Here's The Nashole, the 2019 'Hot Wheels Legends Tour' winner

Recently, a modified 1957 Nash Metropolitan was crowned as the winner of the 'Hot Wheels Legends Tour' at the SEMA Show 2019, which took place on November 5-8, 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
1956 Nash Metropolitan aka. The Nashole. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33RApOz)
This unique car has a nicknamed 'The Nashole' is a modified car result of Greg Salzillo and Dave Ford. They built this iconic Nash Metropolitan with the aim to "look different from other custom cars," and they succeeded.

While most of the custom cars that took part in the contest looked neat, and 'The Nashole' had a 'fierce' look, with faded paint, dirty grille, rusty touches visible on several parts of his body and using steel wheels wrapped in the tires with white-colored trim.
Left side view of 1956 Nash Metropolitan aka. The Nashole. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33RApOz)
The power that drives this car comes from a 5.0-liter V8 engine that has been equipped with a unique dice-shaped filter, an Edelbrock carburetor, and exhaust coming out from the side. The engine is capable of producing power up to 300 hp (224 kW), which is more than seven times the output of the original car which is only 40 hp (30 kW).
Dashboard view of 1956 Nash Metropolitan aka. The Nashole. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33RApOz)
And Mattel said that the car won the Hot Wheels contest this year because of its "originality of design and custom spirit". This is not an easy task, because 'The Nashole' must defeat nearly 5,000 competitors from 20 cities across America. Then the car must also be rated by Hot Wheels designers and fans including Adam Carolla, Richard Rawlings, Jay Leno, and MotorTrend editor in chief Ed Loh.
Engine view of 1956 Nash Metropolitan aka. The Nashole. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33RApOz)
According to Vice President of Design of Hot Wheels, Ted Wu, "We chose 'The Nashole' because it represented the true spirit of custom by uniting and creating impressive cars that were built, not bought." Wu added, "You saw it and immediately knew this car has the destiny to become a 'Hot Wheels' with that unique color, appearance and, of course, those dice."
Like the winners of the 'Hot Wheels Legends Tour' in previous years, 'The Nashole' will later be made a 1:64 scaled die-cast version, which will be available on the market starting in 2020. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSCOOPS]
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