WHY IT MAT­TERS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Longbridge Classics To Be Proud Of -

Com­mis­sioned by the US firm Nash but Long­bridge-built, this bizarre piece of Amer­i­cana was an at­tempt to earn Amer­i­can dol­lars. glitzy and flash State­side styling in minia­ture, but pure BMC engi­neer­ing, orig­i­nally with a 1200cc en­gine and two years later with a 1489cc B-se­ries. The car was sold in the USA as both a Nash and a Hud­son, and wasn’t avail­able on the British mar­ket un­til 1956, badged with the Metropoli­tan name. Around 104,000 ex­am­ples were built be­fore pro­duc­tion ceased in 1961. Han­dling is per­ilous but it’s an in­trigu­ing cu­rio.

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