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Overview

A strange venture between Austin of England and American partners Nash and Hudson resulted in a small convertible commonly referred to as the Metropolitan. The Metropolitan was engineered and built by Austin at Longbridge to a design brief originating from Nash, an American car company renown for daring to be different. Nash decided that there was a market in the US for a small car which would ideal for use as a second family vehicle, however they did not have the experience required to produce small cars, enter Austin who did...

The Metropolitan started life with the 1200cc BMC B-Series engine, later cars (from 1956) used the more powerful 1500cc B-Series, these cars were called the Metropolitan 1500. Two body styles were available, a convertible or a hardtop (fixed head coupe), most cars came with bright two-tone paint work.

The Metropolitan sold well throughout its life (1954-1961) badged as a Nash, Hudson, or simply Metropolitan, most cars were sold in the USA. Sales of the small coupes never really took off in Europe, mainly due its transatlantic styling and poor handling reputation.

Models produced by Metropolitan

1500

1500

1956-1961

Metropolitan

Metropolitan

1954-1962

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