Key dates for changes to the
1953 270 cars were named: NKI CUSTOM
Priced: $1,445 Hardtop $1,469 Convertible
All cars produced from Oct. 1953 to August 1954 had the "A" type engine, the
January, 1954 The
name "METROPOLITAN" was adopted
March, 1954 Public announcement of the
METROPOLITAN name cars were fitted (and retrofitted) with the Metropolitan name
May, 1954 Nash
and Hudson merge to form AMERICAN MOTORS CORPORATION
It would take the government over a year to approve the merger. In the meantime, all
Metropolitans sold by Nash Dealers were sold as Nash Metropolitans with the
"NASH" emblem in the grill. All Metropolitans sold by Hudson dealers were sold
as Hudson Metropolitans, with the Hudson emblem in the grill.
Bumper guards added to front and rear bumpers
"M" hubcaps added to all Metropolitans
August, 1954 Start
of Series II. The new engine was a low compression engine of 1200 cc
End of Series II and the start of production of the 1500cc, low comp. engine
April, 1956 Start
of series III, 1500 higher compression engine First price change:
The series III higher compression engine is discontinued and a higher compression engine
introduced and would be used until the end of production.
Metropolitans authorized to be sold in England and overseas.
January, 1958 Changed
tail light lens from amber to red.
The 3-piece rear window replaced with a 1-piece wrap around window.
Series IV introduced. Added some body work, incorporating a trunk lid and wing windows
October, 1959 Third
A prototype STATION WAGON
was made on a 1957 body. Two or more were then made in 1960, but it was decided not to
produce the Station wagon. One of the original Station
Wagons is in the
Metropolitan Pit Stop Museum in California.