1957 Nash Metropolitan
In the early 1950s, once strong auto manufacturers Nash merged with Hudson to create the American Motors Corporation. Shortly following the merger, the Metropolitan was introduced to the market as likely the first subcompact car. It was presented as an economical premium car, ideal for commuting; its size was designed to allow for European sales, where traditional American cars were rapidly dying out because of their size. Starting in 1954, Austin built the Nash Metropolitan under contract, using Fisher & Ludlow bodies, in Longbridge, England. The car was then shipped to the United States. The car sports a 1.5 liter Austin B-series engine which produces a “whopping” 52 horsepower!
This car was restored by a man who had three daughters. He purchased and restored three Metropolitans and his girls drove the cars through high school. The car presented at auction is the last of the three he restored. While the work is an older restoration, the car has held up very well. Extensive records are available with the car which runs and drives good. A complete upper-end gasket set was recently installed to the motor and all components on the car work including the dial AM Radio!
The two tone yellow and white paint is a good match for this car, and the interior is in good condition. Overall, a nice 1957 Nash Metropolitan!