The Metropolitan was in production from 1954-62. It was briefly sold as a Hudson as well when Hudson and Nash merged in 1954 to form American Motors Corporation.
The Metropolitan was 'ahead of the curve.' Most American automobile manufacturers were focused on building bigger cars during the 1950s.
Power is supplied by a 1500cc four-cylinder motor that develops 52 horsepower - just enough to provide an enjoyable ride in this sporty convertible.
The restoration of this car was done by the current owners - a husband and wife team, who purchased the car locally. They restored it to its original, as-delivered condition.
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