Nash Metropolitan Convertible
Production of the Nash Metropolitan started in late 1953 for the 1954 model year, available as either a hardtop or convertible – $1,445 for the coupe and $1,495 for the convertible. “Weather-Eye” heat and ventilation, radio, turn signals and a nylon/vinyl interior were all standard. Looking not unlike a ¾ version of the big Nash, the little car featured enclosed front wheels along with a continental spare tire in back. Styling was based on the NX1 show car with bodies built in England by Fisher and Ludlow while its four-cylinder engine came from Austin, which did the final assembly. The car was continued after both Nash and Hudson left the scene – both nameplates were used on the car so both sets of dealers could sell it. The company claimed 40 mpg from the car and declared it a three-passenger car, though only two fit easily. 7,579 would arrive in America by the end of the model year.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
52 hp, 1,500 cc Austin A-50 inline four-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, Girling four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 85".
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel