26 Austin Metropolitan (1962)

Austin Metrolpolitan (1956-61 (UK)) Engine 1589 cc S4 OHV Production 97,000

Registration Number 251 DXO

Built by Austin at Longbridge but conceived by the Nash president Bill Mason as a small car for the American market, and designed by Pinninfarina. Never a major sales success Stateside but it did at one time hold the distinction of the second highest selling import after the Volkswagen.

The series 1 sold in the US by Nash as a 1200cc for model year 1954 and following their merger with Hudson to form AMC was also sold through the Hudson dealerships.

For series 2 the engine was changed to a BMC B series unit still of 1200cc mated to a new gearbox.

A redesigned heralded series 3 of 1955 and a larger BMC B series engine of 1489cc

For series 4 of 1959 there was another mild restyle, the engine was received a power increase and for the first time the car had a boot lid

Right hand drive models were produced for the US market as Police cars for use in parking enforcement and other urban duties.

From October 1956 Austin received permission from AMC to sell the car in Britain and other markets not covered by themselves.

Shot at the Sandbach Festival of Transport 18.04.2010 Ref 52-26

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