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1961 Nash Metropolitan 1500 Taxi / E 83438 Vehicle Information

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1961 Nash Metropolitan photograph

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1961 Nash Metropolitan photograph

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Sold for $16,500 at 2015 RM Sotheby's Hershey Auction.
On May 1st of 1954, the Hudson Motor Car Company and Nash-Kelvinator combined to form American Motors. Both companies did this as a matter of survival. Nash itself had merged in 1937 with Kelvinator Corporation because company founder Charles Nash wanted George Mason as his executive vice-president. In order for Nash to get Mason, he had to buy Kelvinator. With Mason's help, the company broke new ground in several areas, including the importation of cars built jointly by Nash, British automaker Donald Healey, and Italian coachbuilder Pinin Farina.

In 1954, the company introduced the Metropolitan available as either a coupe or convertible. The styling was based on the NX1 show car, with styling by William J. Frajole and bodies built in England by Fisher and Ludlow. Power was from a four-cylinder engine from Austin, which did the final assembly. They came equipped with 'Weather-Eye' heat and ventilation, a radio, turn signals, and a nylon/vinyl interior as standard equipment. This compact car had enclosed front wheels and a continental spare tire in the back. The car was available from both Hudson and Nash dealers.

In 1956, Metropolitans were given a new, larger engine called the A-50. The cast-iron four-cylinder engine displaced 1500cc and featured overhead valves. It offered 10 more horsepower than the prior engine, now offering 52 horsepower.

In 1959, several improvements were made to the model, including an outside trunk lid which greatly improved access to the rear storage area. Ventilation was improved with the addition of front vent windows. The tires became larger, now measuring 5.60x13. The inside offered two additional inches of seat travel and redesigned seats.

There were 969 Metropolitans produced for the 1961 model year.

This Metropolitan was given a restoration in 2012, and has been driven less than 15 miles since the work was completed. It has been stored in a climate-controlled garage. It is finished in taxi livery with amber roof lights and has a cab meter mounted inside.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2015



2015 RM Sotheby's Hershey Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $25,000-USD $30,000 
Sale Price :
USD $16,500

1961 Nash Metropolitan Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1961 sales)
1961 Nash Metropolitan
Sold for USD$17,600
  2021 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1961 NASH METROPOLITAN
Chassis#: E88524
Sold for USD$8,250
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1961 Nash Metropolitan 2 Door Coupe
Sold for USD$11,130
  2019 McCormick's - # 67
 
1961 Nash Metropolitan
Sold for USD$11,000
  2019 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1961 Nash Metropolitan Two-Door Hardtop
Chassis#: E81042
Sold for USD$10,450
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction
 
1961 Nash Metropolitan
Sold for USD$8,500
  2018 GAA : July 2018
 
1961 Nash Metropolitan
Sold for USD$19,800
  2018 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1961 AMC Metropolitan 1500 Convertible
Chassis#: E 87322
Sold for USD$18,150
  2018 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
 
1961 AMC Metropolitan 1500 Convertible
Chassis#: E 91257
Sold for USD$74,250
  2017 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1961 Nash Metropolitan image  1961 Nash Metropolitan image  
1961 Nash Metropolitan
Sold for USD$7,000
  2017 Mecum : Chicago
 
1961 Nash Metropolitan Convertible
Sold for USD$18,000
  2017 Mecum : Louisville
 
1961 Nash Metropolitan
Sold for USD$3,900
  2017 Spring Carlisle Auction
 
1961 Metropolitan Nash
Sold for USD$10,175
  2017 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale Az
 
1961 Nash Metropolitan
Sold for USD$8,700
  2017 Silver Auction - Arizona in January 2017
 
1961 Nash Metropolitan
Sold for USD$7,250
  2017 Silver Auction - Arizona in January 2017
 
1961 NASH METROPOLITAN 1500 SERIES IV CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: E90261
Sold for USD$18,150
  2016 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Auction
 
1961 NASH METROPOLITAN
Chassis#: E85899
Sold for USD$11,550
  2016 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1961 Nash Metropolitan Coupe
Sold for USD$4,125
  2016 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale
 
1961 Nash Metropolitan
Sold for USD$6,500
  2016 Mecum : Kansas City
 
1961 AMC Metropolitan 1500 Taxi
Chassis#: E 83438
Sold for USD$16,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's Hershey Auction
1961 Nash Metropolitan image  1961 Nash Metropolitan image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1961 Nash Metropolitan's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1961 Nash Metropolitan Convertible 2018 Collector Car Toronto Spring$25,000  
1961 Nash MetropolitanE876352017 Carlisle Auctions : Fall Carlisle   
1961 Nash Metropolitan 2016 Mecum : Kansas City$7,000  
1961 Nash Metropolitan 2016 Silver Auction Little Creek Resort$9,300  
1961 Nash MetropolitanE817352012 Mecum Anaheim, CA$10,000  
1961 Nash Metropolitan 2011 Mecum Auctions Des Moines, IA Auction$9,000  
1961 NASH METROPOLITAN 2011 Silver Auction Portland$5,400  
1961 NASH METROPOLITAN 2011 Silver Auction Portland$8,000  
1961 NASH METROPOLITAN 2010 Silver Auction Jackson Hole$5,800  
1961 NASH METROPOLITAN 2010 Silver Auction Jackson Hole$5,750  
1961 NASH METROPOLITAN CVT 2008 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions November 23, 2008$8,000  

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Nash Metropolitan Vehicle Profiles
Convertible
Nash Metropolitan Convertible

Model Year: 1954
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Model Year: 1954
Coupe
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Chassis Num: 1412
Model Year: 1954
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Convertible
Nash Metropolitan Convertible

Chassis Num: 3960
Model Year: 1954
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Convertible
Nash Metropolitan Convertible

Chassis Num: E5901
Model Year: 1954
Convertible
Nash Metropolitan Convertible

Chassis Num: E22356
Model Year: 1956
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Convertible
Nash Metropolitan Convertible

Chassis Num: E22593
Model Year: 1956
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Convertible
Nash Metropolitan Convertible

Model Year: 1957
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Convertible
Nash Metropolitan Convertible

Model Year: 1957

Hardtop Coupe
Hudson Metropolitan Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: E 25792
Model Year: 1957
Coupe
Nash Metropolitan Coupe

Model Year: 1958
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Coupe
Nash Metropolitan Coupe

Chassis Num: E43757
Model Year: 1958
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
Nash Metropolitan Roadster

Model Year: 1959
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Roadster
Nash Metropolitan Roadster

Model Year: 1959
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Coupe
Nash Metropolitan Coupe

Chassis Num: E 69954
Model Year: 1959
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Coupe
Nash Metropolitan Coupe

Chassis Num: E55906
Model Year: 1959
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
Nash Metropolitan Roadster

Chassis Num: E65662
Model Year: 1959
Convertible
Nash Metropolitan Convertible

Model Year: 1960

Convertible
Nash Metropolitan Convertible

Model Year: 1960
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Convertible
Nash Metropolitan Convertible

Model Year: 1960
Convertible
Nash Metropolitan Convertible

Chassis Num: 82940
Model Year: 1960

Convertible
Nash Metropolitan Convertible

Chassis Num: 88536
Model Year: 1960
Convertible
Nash Metropolitan Convertible

Chassis Num: E 74592
Model Year: 1960
Convertible
Nash Metropolitan Convertible

Chassis Num: E76283
Model Year: 1960

Convertible
Nash Metropolitan Convertible

Chassis Num: E87014
Model Year: 1960
1500 Taxi
Nash Metropolitan 1500 Taxi

Chassis Num: E 83438
Model Year: 1961
Profile and Auction History
Convertible
Nash Metropolitan Convertible

Chassis Num: E 91257
Model Year: 1961
Profile and Auction History

Convertible
Nash Metropolitan Convertible

Chassis Num: E82072
Model Year: 1961
1500 Taxi
Nash Metropolitan 1500 Taxi

Chassis Num: E87635
Model Year: 1961
Hardtop
Nash Metropolitan Hardtop

Model Year: 1962
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Hardtop
Nash Metropolitan Hardtop

Model Year: 1962


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