Nash Metropolitan
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Nash
Model: Metropolitan
Nash Metropolitan

While most U.S. automobile makers were preaching and applying a bigger-is-better philosophy, Nash Motor Company executives were examining the market. They wanted to offer American buyers an economical transportation alternative. The Nash Metropolitan was such a model. It was a subcompact car that was sold from 1954 to 1962. The Metropolitan was additionally sold as a Hudson when Nash and Hudson merged in 1954 to form the American Motors Corporation. It would also later be sold as a standalone marquee during the Rambler years, and in the United Kingdom among other markets. The Metropolitan was created in the United States being inspired by a concept car, the Nash Experimental International. This model was built by William J. Flajole for Nash-Kelvinator. The concept car was displayed at a number of locations to judge the feedback of the American public to a car of this size. These surveys ended up convincing Nash that there was indeed a need for such a car. The tough part would be building it at a competitive price. The only cost-effective option was to build it overseas with pre-existing parts, thereby having the only cost be for body panels and other special components. In the end, the body was provided by Fisher & Ludlow and the assembly was handled by the Austin Motor Company. Even today, there are plenty active auto clubs for this car, much due to the enjoyment of driving one. They are great in the city and have reasonable resale values. This was the first time an American-designed car had been built in total in Europe. The Metropolitan was available in two body styles: either as a convertible or as a hardtop. Both came with several standard features that were at the time only be offered as optional on most other cars. Among these features were a map light, electric windshield wipers and a rear-mounted spare tire with cover.

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