1961 Nash Metropolitan

Coupe

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1961
  • Chassis number 
    E94014
  • Lot number 
    110
  • Reference number 
    110
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Interior colour 
    Other
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

To be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale event, April 1-3, 2016.

Chassis No.
E94014

Estimate:
$ 5,000 - $ 10,000 US

The Nash Metropolitan, also sold under the Hudson, Rambler and Austin marques, was a very small sub-compact car sold between 1954 and 1962. It was designed in the United States by William J. Flajole for Nash-Kelvinator International. At first, the cars were to be sold as the NKI Custom. While the design was American, the cars were built in the United Kingdom—the bodywork was built by Fisher & Ludlow while the mechanicals and final assembly were by the Austin Motor Company.

It was the first time an American-designed car had been entirely built in Europe. While most U.S. automobile makers were following a "bigger-is-better" philosophy, Nash Motor Company executives were scrutinizing the market to offer American buyers an economical transportation alternative. It was designed as a "commuter/shopping car" with resemblance to the big Nash, but on a significantly smaller scale. Owners reported that the "Metropolitan is a good thing in a small package”.

The Metropolitan being offered is finished in in two-tone green over white with a striped green and white interior. It is powered by the Austin A50 1489-cc, 47-hp four-cylinder engine coupled with a three-speed manual transmission. A radio, Smiths instrumentation and rear-mounted spare in a “Continental-style” make for a fun, atypical driving experience that was years ahead of common automotive thinking of the time.
1961 Nash Metropolitan Coupe