1953-61 NASH/AUSTIN METROPOLITAN
engine 1489cc/4-cylinder/OHV PoweR 47bhp@4100rpm toRQue 77lb ft@2500rpm toP sPeeD 77mph 0-60MPh 21sec Fuel consuMPtion 22-26mpg
The Metropolitan was a fascinating example of Anglo-American co-operation; a car designed as transport for the US ‘housewife’ and built for the Nash Motors Company by Austin. As the Wisconsin company had no experience in making ‘compacts’, it made far greater sense for Longbridge to manufacture the Metropolitan and fit Austin’s 1.2, and subsequently 1.5-litre, engines. UK market versions were available from 1957 onwards, but these never enjoyed the success of their North American counterparts. Above all, the Metropolitan showed the world that a Longbridge-made product could equal the standards of a US car company.