While all of Detroit was building some of the biggest cars to ever grace the American road Nash offered an economical and dependable form of transportation in the way of the Metropolitan. Just the very name gave the Metropolitan an allure of sophistication with its worldly design. It featured a shorter wheelbase than the Volkswagen beetle and the little Metropolitan was the perfect car for around town. The Metropolitan was unique in that it was built in Europe, and then shipped to the U.S. where it was serviced by Nash and later Hudson. Advertising for the Metropolitan was aimed squarely at women as its tiny size made it an easy car to drive and park.
This original condition Nash Metropolitan was titled in Maine where it was used for summer outings. It was brought to the sunshine state two years ago where it’s an unusual sight wherever it goes. It was repainted in its original colors of Sunburst Yellow and Frost White in 1990. It is mechanically sound and given its simple and durable construction it’s a car that offers complete reliability. It can be driven just as it is or could be a solid start for a full restoration. This Metropolitan also has all of its records, books, and tools.
The Nash Metropolitan was born from the Nash-Kelvinator NXI (Nash Experimental International) show car and was intended to be sold as a second car for the family. Going to the store or dropping off the kids were just a few of the chores that the little Metropolitan could handle with ease. Production commenced in 1954 with the Austin Motor Company and Fisher & Ludlow of Birmingham, England building the Metropolitan for Nash. Both a convertible and hardtop were offered and reviews were good with the great Floyd Clymer even lamenting that it was a good car in a small package. The little Metropolitan proved that America was indeed ready for a small car and by the time production ended in 1962 Nash had sold 94,986 units.
The Nash Metropolitan is a great addition to any collection of unique cars, but also represents a great entry level collector car. Good examples of the Metropolitan are always in demand and with their easy to obtain parts and simple mechanicals they are a car that offers great looks while providing excellent reliability.
The Nash Metropolitan is a car that represents a unique era in American automotive design. By going against the “bigger is better” theme of the 1950s Nash had proven that the motoring public could accept a small car that was light, easy to drive, and great on gas. In the present day the little Metropolitan is a car that always causes excitement wherever it goes. For excellent motoring in a car that’s great for a simple drive, the Nash Metropolitan is the car to own.