Nash Metropolitan

Nash Metropolitan
1962 Nash Metropolitan
Produced: 412
Average Auction Sale: $12,848
Median Auction Sale: $11,003
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Nash Metropolitan
1961 Nash Metropolitan
Produced: 969
Original Price: $1 - $445
Average Auction Sale: $15,263
Median Auction Sale: $11,130
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Nash Metropolitan
1960 Nash Metropolitan
Produced: 13,103
Average Auction Sale: $14,861
Median Auction Sale: $14,675
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Nash Metropolitan
1959 Nash Metropolitan
Produced: 20,435
Average Auction Sale: $14,758
Median Auction Sale: $12,650
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Nash Metropolitan
1958 Nash Metropolitan
Produced: 11,951
Average Auction Sale: $14,247
Median Auction Sale: $12,000
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Nash Metropolitan
1957 Nash Metropolitan
Produced: 13,425
Average Auction Sale: $13,061
Median Auction Sale: $11,500
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Nash Metropolitan
1956 Nash Metropolitan
Produced: 7,645
Average Auction Sale: $12,960
Median Auction Sale: $9,323
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Nash Metropolitan
1954 Nash Metropolitan
Produced: 11,198
Average Auction Sale: $13,086
Median Auction Sale: $13,075
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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 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, built 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. The bodywork was handled by Fisher & Ludlow. The 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 was 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
Nash Models


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