1959 Nash Metropolitan news, pictures, specifications, and information
Sold for $17,050 at 2011 Gooding & Company
This Metropolitan, known internally as Series IV, is an early example of the model's final version. Unlike prior series, this car is fitted with window vents and a trunk lid, which greatly improved access to the trunk. Since new, the car has been treated to a restoration. There is a white continental tire kit and matching hardtop. The interior features new vinyl upholstery and fresh color-matched carpeting. There is an original jack and owner's manual.
In 2011, this vehicle was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Amelia Island, Florida. It was estimated to sell for $10,000 - $15,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $17,050, inclusive of buyer's premium.By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2011
The Nash Metropolitan was built in England by Austin to Nash Specifications. They were introduced to the US and Canada in March of 1954. The Metropolitan was offered in two bodystyles, the 2 door hardtop and convertible. Both models had the same 85 inch wheelbase.
The 1956 model year saw major changes, including styling improvements, two-tone paint options, and an increase in horsepower by 24 percent. The 1500 series replaced the original 1200 series.
The final year for the Nash nameplate was 1957 as American Motors made the decision to drop the Nash and Hudson names and concentrate on the Rambler. The Metropolitan was later sold using the Austin nameplate. The Metropolitan was discontinued in 1962.
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2005
This car, owned by Neil Zurcher of FOX-8 TV, has been used for many seasons for Neil's 'One Tank Trip' specials on Channel 8, Cleveland, OH.Source - Canton Classic Car Museum
The Metropolitan was built by Austin on their A40 platform in the United Kingdom between 1954 and 1960 having been penned by Pinin Farina in Italy. It was sold in the United States both by Nash and Hudson dealers prior to 1957 when AMC took over and both brand names were dropped, and by 1959 it was simply a Metropolitan. The second generation, Series 4 (or NK4), 1500, first with 52 horsepower, was built on the Austin A50 platform and claimed a top speed of 78 mph and 40 mph. In 1959 Austin switched to the A55 platform (59 horsepower) and that year some 22,309 units were reportedly produced between both Convertible and Hardtop versions.
The Nash Metropolitan was produced from 1954 through 1962. In 1954 the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation merged with Hudson Motor Car Company to form the American Motors Corporation (AMC). It was the largest corporate merger in the United States history up to that point.
When most other automobile manufacturers of the time were creating large automobiles, the Nash Motor Company set out to produce a small, economical, fuel-efficient vehicle. A concept car was created to gauge public reaction. This concept was the NXI, known as the Nash Experimental International, builit by William J. Flajole. After a number of positive reviews and interest in the vehicle, the decision was made to produce the vehicle. Additional research revealed that it would be more cost-effective to produce the vehicle overseas using existing mechanical components rather than to invest in tooling costs in the United States. After searching and negotiation, the production was handed over to Austin of England. In October of 1953 production began at Austin's Longbridge factory. Bodywork was handled by Fisher & Ludlow. Final assembly was by the Austin Motor Company.
The Nash Metropolitan was available in two body-styles, a hardtop or convertible. They rested on an 85-inch wheelbase and weighed just 1800 lbs. Power was from the Austin four-cylinder A-series engine which sent the power through a three-speed manual gearbox to the rear wheels. A change was made to the B-series engine after 10,000 examples had been produced.
In 1956 the Metropolitan was redesigned and the engine capacity was enlarged from 1200cc to 1500cc. Two-tone paint schemes and chrome trim could now be found on the exterior. The non-functional hood scoop was removed.
Power was again improved in 1959, now reaching 55 horsepower. This was also the year that had its greatest number of sales for any given year.
Production continued until 1961 though there were still enough product to continue sales until March of 1962. In total, 95,000 examples of the Metropolitan had been sold to US Customers. About 9,400 examples were sold to United Kingdom customers.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2006
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