Metropolitan, known affectionately as "The Littlest Nash" was introduced
The "Met" was
designed by William Flajole of Nash/AMC, built by Austin of England, and
brought to realization as the result of a chance meeting on an ocean liner
between George Mason (President of Nash/AMC) and Leonard Lord (head of
the Austin automobile company of England).
had a 4 cylinder Austin F-head engine, and came in only two body styles:
hardtop and convertible. The cute little "Met" was America's first modern
mini-car, and its body style remained mostly unchanged for its entire nine
year life span.
It should be
noted that slight cosmetic modifications (such as adding a trunk lid and
changing the grille) were made over the years, and a marginally larger
engine (1500 cc) was introduced about half-way through the production cycle.
A grand total
of 94,986 Mets were built.
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