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The Metropolitan was built in England to American Motors specifications. All of the 94,986 Metropolitans made were built by Austin in England (later known as British Leyland Motor Corp. Metropolitans were sold by Nash, Hudson and AMC dealers in the U.S.A. and Canada from 1954 to 1962.
Two models were offered, a two-door convertible and a two-door hardtop. The "Met" as it is affectionately called, was an out¬growth of the NXI and NKI experimental models developed in 1949 and 1950 by Nash Motors, then a division of Nash-Kelvinator. To test public reaction, prototypes were shown to selected audiences across the country over an extended period. Many of the features subsequently found on the Metropolitan resulted from this national survey.
Wheelbase of the Metropolitan is 85 inches, length is 149 ½ inches, its width is 61 ½ inches and its height is 54 ½ inches. The Metropolitan is all-welded unitized body construction. The original Metropolitan (known as the A-1200) was powered by a 42-h.p. Austin A-40 overhead-valve four-cylinder engine with a compression ratio of 7.2 to 1. The engine had a bore of 2-37/64 inches and a stroke of 3*3 inches. Displacement was 73.17 cubic inches. Standard tire size of the 2, 1200 series were 5.20 x 13. The Met also had aluminum pistons, fully counterbalanced crankshaft, Zenith (British) downdraft carburetor, 12-volt electrical system, I3org & Beck dry-disc, single-plate-type clutch, and Hotchkiss drive. Transmission in all series was “stick shift” on the steering post: 3 speed syncromesh in 2nd and 3rd gears.
On April 9, 1956 American Motors announced the 1500 series Metropolitan which incorporated many new features, including a 24% increase in horsepower (to 52 h.p.). Compression ratio was increased to 8.31 to 1. Styling changes included a new hood and grille. Early in 1959, several functional improvements were made, including a new trunk lid, glove box door, window vents, seat adjustment mechanism and larger tires.
Though it was small and economical, the Metropolitan did not have a "cheap" image. Its standard equipment was actually more complete than that offered on most American cars of that period. At the time the Metropolitan was introduced (March, 1954) suggested coastal port-of-entry delivery prices were $1,469. for (Model 541) the two-door convertible and $1,445. for (Model 542) the two-door hardtop. Standard equipment included leather and nylon cord upholstery, foam-rubber front seat cushion, dual sun visors, directional signals, two-tone paint on hardtop models, map light, dual electric windshield wipers, oil bath air and cover. Optional equipment included Weather-Eye heater, radio with manual antenna and white sidewall tires.
Color options on the 1200 series were Spruce Green, Canyon Red, Caribbean Blue and Croton Green. The hardtop was available only in the above colors on the lower body and Mist Gray on the upper body. The convertible was available with Tan top only with Spruce Green body; Black top only with Canyon Red or Croton Green, and Black or Tan top with Caribbean Blue. Beginning with the 1500 series, Black, Snowberry White, Sunburst Yellow, Coral Red, Berkshire Green, Mardi Gras Red, Frost White and Autumn Yellow were offered. A properly restored Metropolitan has no difficulty with today's traffic 6 freeway conditions & demands. It can cruise at 65 mph.
TITLED AS A 1961 METROPOLITAN