1953-61 NASH/AUSTIN METROPOLI­TAN

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - 70 Years Of The Standard Vanguard -

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.

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