The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 188
1961 Nash Metropolitan Two-Door Hardtop

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1961 Nash Metropolitan Two-Door Hardtop


• The last year of Metropolitan production
• Equipped with AM radio and Nash Weather Eye heater
• Just 969 produced in 1961
• A lovely and thorough restoration that runs great

90 cid inline four-cylinder engine, 55 HP, three-speed manual transmission, front independent coil-spring suspension, rear live axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 85”

The Nash Metropolitan was produced from 1954 through early 1962. In 1954, the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation merged with Hudson Motor Car Company to form the American Motors Corporation (AMC). It was the largest corporate merger in the United States history up to that point. When most other automobile manufacturers of the time were creating large automobiles, the Nash Motor Company set out to produce a small, economical, fuel-efficient vehicle. A concept car, the NXI (Nash Experimental International) was built, and production was handed over to Austin of England, bodywork was handled by Fisher & Ludlow, and final assembly was by the Austin Motor Company.

This clean and cute Metropolitan is sharp from every angle with absolutely lovely turquoise and white paint finishes. The panel fit is excellent, the trim is lovely, and no evidence of corrosion or flaws is evident. With the large convex hood sporting an impressive hood ornament, and very sharp paint lines highlighting the two-tone white roof and matching lower panels, it’s a classic ‘50s look that is simply very well-presented. The door cutouts add an old-school texture to the slab-sided design, and the huge wraparound rear window and chrome-covered rear-mounted spare finish the innovative design. Inside, the correct gray and white houndstooth fabric interior with black piping and is freshly restored, with proper floor mats and clean door panels, and it seats two very comfortably. The large center dash console is sharp and holds the clean gauges, Weather Eye heater and a functional AM radio. The engine bay is very tidy and appears fully correct, with the clean 55-HP four-cylinder sitting proudly with a chrome valve cover and proper accessories. Everything is well-painted and set up right out of the Nash brochure in 1961. Enjoy an international motoring experience in very nice final-year Nash Metropolitan.

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