The MSRP for Series IV models was $1,672.60 (Hardtop) and $1,696.80 (Convertible). Never badged as an Austin, it went into production in 1954 as convertible or fixed head, powered by the 42 bhp 1200cc A40 engine, giving a top speed of 75 mph. My comments were based on 1) Unibody/Unit/Monococque construction, 2) suspensions having upper and lower control arms, (double wishbone) and 3) coil front springs. Keep in mind that unitized construction came into use for mass-market cars a full decade before the MacPherson strut was invented and well before Nash thought of putting the coil atop the upper arm of a double wishbone layout. This article’s title was suggested by the Bruce Springsteen song “From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come),” originally written for Springsteen’s 1980 album The River, but not released until 2003.

This provides a fairly tidy installation and also makes it possible to isolate the front suspension from the structure by interposing rubber bushings between the crossmember and the longitudinal rails. Shortly before the Metropolitan was launched, Nash merged with Hudson to form the American Motors Corporation. Nash Metropolitan years, types and editions catalogue (1954-1957)Metropolitan Convertible (1954-1957)Metropolitan Hardtop (1954-1957). var jsonResponse = JSON.parse(xhttp.responseText); target = false; // Exclusion is selected Thanks to its overseas production line, the Metropolitan survived the AMC merger and consolidation despite meager 1955 sales of only 6,096 units.

It’d be great to see you here again if that sounds good. [29], The Metropolitan "was a car that appealed to an eclectic mix of Americans" because it was "economical, yet a joy to drive", and it has been described as "pure automotive whimsy". No records. It keeps them from reading like book reports.

"[40], In the opinion of syndicated auto journalist and author Bill Vance, the 1,200 cc (73 cu in) Metropolitan "was quite a stylish little car" that was "ahead of its time" and performed well against its competition. In the event we receive any compensation or consideration for any other content on this site, the nature of that compensation will be disclosed as part of the applicable content and/or otherwise adjacent to it (typically on the final page of a multi-page article). matters or any part of this site is strictly prohibited. }
The new exterior colors were P905 "Caribbean Green", P910 "Sunburst Yellow", and P911 "Coral Red" with P909 "Snowberry White" as a contrast. (Vimeo is a trademark of Vimeo, Inc. AdSense and Google Analytics are trademarks of Google LLC; Google is a registered trademark of Google LLC. Floyd Clymer brought a 1957 Nash Metropolitan 1500 up Pikes Peak, and famed reviewer Tom McCahill wrote that it was “a fleet, sporty little bucket.” Motor Trend achieved 30 mpg in traffic, and 27 mpg at a steady 60 mph; cornering, steering, and general feel were highly rated, though ride on rough roads was criticized. An AM radio, "Weather Eye" heater, and whitewall tires were offered as optional extras for the U.S. market. They might also have looked at the Metropolitan’s sales potential and decided it wasn’t worth devoting the assembly plant capacity in Port Melbourne.

The initial order was for 10,000 units, with an option to increase the order if sales were sufficient. It had an 85 inch wheelbase and 150 inch length, with a height of under 55 inches; its modern shape certainly stood out, and the short wheelbase and long overhangs must have made the ride interesting. The car was then shipped to the United States. } else { The company Charles W Nash bought was called the Thomas B Jeffery Company, not Jeffrey. Take a look at some brochures or service manuals — it was really very common. Tires are certainly a key item, and so is suspension and engine tuning. Metropolitan sales didn’t justify the costs of a replacement and so production came to an end in the spring of 1961.

The total tooling cost amounted to US$1,018,475.94, (Austin: US$197,849.14; Fisher & Ludlow: US$820,626.80) which was a fraction of the tooling cost for a totally U.S.-built vehicle. The incorporation of material or any part of it in any other web-site, electronic retrieval system, publication or any other work (whether hard copy, electronic or otherwise), also the storage of any part of this site on optical, digital or/and electronic media is strictly prohibited. They normally expire in just under one year, but you can delete the cookies in your browser at any time. for (f of vsCFTagsEUFunctions) { New chrome nameplates with the "Metropolitan" name were made to fit into the same holes as the "NKI Custom" script on the passenger side front fender. No matter if you’re interested in that or not, it would still be very nice of you to click the Facebook “Like” button on my right sidebar. By the start of the 1960 model year, though, its days were numbered. Google is a registered trademark of Google LLC. [47] Some cars that were originally hardtops have been converted to convertibles. The automobile-catalog.com website is only for the on-line view using the internet browser. The radio and heater were extremely popular largely because the factory fitted them to nearly all the Metropolitans they made, giving off-the-lot customers no choice. The styling for all Nash vehicles at that time was an amalgam of designs from Pinin Farina and his design house of Italy and the in-house Nash design team. Actually, it is more to the truth of the matter that the creation NXI prototype was the sole reason why the entire Nash lineup was updated by 1952. None of these cars used struts, all were unibody, all had double wishbones with coil springs, and none of them mounted the spring atop the upper wishbone.
Cars incorporated the Nash logo on their grille badge, hubcaps, horn button, and spare wheel cover. In 1936, Nash, by then 72 years old, asked his friend Walter P. Chrysler (another GM veteran) if he could recommend any candidates who might take the reins at Nash Motors and allow an old man to finally retire in peace. Although his Metropolitan is unsuitable for long journeys owing to "a lot of wind noise and really poor suspension," it can cruise at 50 mph (80 km/h) and has a top speed of 75 mph (121 km/h). With double wishbone suspensions, the wishbones are mounted near each end of the crossmember, in the areas where it flares upward. Search automobile-catalog: this database is huge, use the search field below to find here data you are looking for: matters or any part of this site is strictly prohibited. The Metropolitan was originally designed by Nash in the USA in 1950 and from 1954 is built in Britain by Austin in conjunction with Fisher & Ludlow. "[43], Ken Gross, a director of the Petersen Automotive Museum, noted that "the softly sprung Met wallows like most larger American cars of its day,"[44] and he has warned against "rust, especially in the floor pan and lower fenders," and "electrical gremlins." The last few cars were sold in March 1962.

s.parentNode.insertBefore(gcse, s); Using the comments section below, please tell us what you did or didn’t like about the 1959 Nash Metropolitan. return true; Or at a minimum, please share this post via one of the social share buttons. I move it to the Metropolitan article rather than the administrative message so that other readers will have a better chance to see it. Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler, Ram, and Mopar are trademarks of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. if (!vsCFUserGeoIP || !geoIps) He "abused" a 1954 Metropolitan convertible and "got the surprise of my life" with its "performance was far better than I expected", that he "felt very safe in the car", and that "it may well be that Nash has started a new trend in American motoring. Except as otherwise noted, all text and images are copyright © Aaron Severson dba Ate Up With Motor. Those two are definitely important but there is a lot more to the equation. false : true)); However there is a New Zealand Nash Metropolitan Owners Facebook page with some info.

//Execute Eu Tags Function Some owners modify their Metropolitans. Starting in 1954, Austin built the Nash Metropolitan under contract, using Fisher & Ludlow bodies, in Longbridge, England. Metropolitan sales were strong during the recession, despite minimal advertising: 15,317 for 1957, 13,128 for 1958, and 22,309 for 1959, enough that sales of the overseas models had to be temporarily halted to meet U.S. demand. [42], Metropolitans have the very soft ride preferred by Americans at the time, instead of the firmer suspension preferred in Europe. His talks attracted the attention of Nash VP A.M. Wimble, who in turn suggested Flajole to George Mason. These final Metropolitans stepped up to a 55-horsepower A-55 Austin engine. 9 posts Metro 4 speed conversion Metro 4 speed conversion. Other modifications that were incorporated at this time were a new gearbox, and hydraulic actuation for the clutch (Series I models used a mechanical clutch linkage). The Metropolitan was subsequently marketed under the "Metropolitan" name only, and sold through Rambler dealers. Although both again refused, by the end of 1953, it was clear that Hudson could not survive on its own.

Had anyone other than George Romney taken over AMC, it’s quite possible they would have abandoned the Rambler and Nash Metropolitan and focused on retrenching in the middle-class sector. By this time, the engine had been upgraded by increasing the compression ratio from 7.2:1 to 8.3:1 (Commenced VIN E43116 — October 15, 1957) giving an output of 55 bhp (41 kW) (as used in the Austin A55 Cambridge). 3) Detailed Performance Review, 1957 Nash Metropolitan 1500 Hardtop (Series III) (man.