This 1956 Hudson Nash Metropolitan Mk III has undergone restoration
to the original colors and trim. Everything has been rebuilt
including the engine, transmission and suspension. It's powered by
a 1500cc Austin 4-cylinder engine putting out 52hp paired with a
3-on-the-tree manual transmission. The Metropolitan was sold as a
Nash with the Hudson nameplate when the two companies merged to
form American Motors in 1954. The post WW II era found Americans
desperate for new cars and the Nash Motor Company wanted to offer
an economical transportation alternative. The car was designed to
be a second "commuting/shopping" car with a shorter wheelbase than
the VW Beetle. To save money, parts were interchangeable, such as
the symmetrical doors. The new car also used an advanced unit body
construction and other novel features. In 1952 Nash chose the
English Austin Motor Company to build the car for them; becoming
the first captive import - sold, designed and serviced by Nash, but
built in Europe. The great Italian design house, Penin Farina also
contributed to the Metro styling; however, Farina refused to be
mentioned for fear of damaging his reputation. The Metropolitan
featured many upscale items that were optional on most U.S.
vehicles, such as map light, cigar lighter, electric windshield
wipers and the popular Continental spare tire. The Series III (NK3)
began in November, 1955 and saw the B-series engine introduced with
1500cc. The attractive stainless-steel "Z" sweep spear separated
the new two-tone colors, and the grille was redesigned. Also, the
houndstooth check interior was introduced and the dashboard was
painted black. MSRP for the Metropolitan convertible was $1,551.
This 1956 Hudson Metropolitan convertible runs and drives well. The
trailer has been recently re-wired and rebuilt to provide
worry-free motoring. The "hood" of the trailer is a beverage cooler
and the "trunk" opens up to allow the propane stainless-steel grill
to lift up several feet for easy grilling. **SOLD AS A PAIR WITH
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