1959 Nash Metropolitan 1500 Series IV Convertible
Chassis no. E 80682
Engine no. 15F-N-H 24931
1,489cc OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
55bhp at 5,400rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Independent Suspension Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
*Extraordinarily well-restored example
*Desirable fourth-series Convertible
*A fun classic for a day at the beach
*Charming color combination
*A car that receives smiles wherever it goes
The Nash Metropolitan
Nash President George W. Mason was no stranger to transatlantic co-operation, teaming up with Donald Healey to produce the Nash-Healey sports car and with Austin, which assembled the Metropolitan at Longbridge for the American concern. Nash's factories were not configured to build cars of the Metropolitan's size; alas, the company had no suitable engines or transmissions either, so collaboration with a European manufacturer was Mason's preferred solution.
When Nash presented the NXI (Nash Experimental International) in 1950, the idea was to explore the opportunity for people to add a second car to their driveways. Market research supported the idea that there was a demand for a more economical mode of transportation, but it would have to be priced accordingly. Nash sought a foreign partner, teaming up with the UK's Austin Motor Company, who supplied the engine, transmission, and manufacturing facilities.
Tests of the day touted the high level of standard features, whimsical design, and fun-to-drive yet economical nature. Metropolitans were marketed under their own name and sold through Rambler dealerships beginning in 1958 after the demise of Nash and Hudson. Having enjoyed nearly a decade-long production run, sales slowed for 1961, and the Metropolitan was subsequently discontinued.
The Motorcar Offered
One of the very last Metropolitans produced in December of 1959, this fourth series Met Convertible presents extremely well. A very thorough restoration has been performed on the car to absolute show standards. Finished in a vibrant and period-correct two-tone combination of yellow and cream, it is trimmed with the attractive pepita-checked interior. In its current ownership since 2008, this Metropolitan Convertible is a striking example of this whimsical design, and one would be hard pressed to find another restored to such exacting standards.