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Key dates for changes to the Metropolitan

October, 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 Austin 1200.

January, 1954 The name "METROPOLITAN" was adopted

March, 1954 Public announcement of the METROPOLITAN name  cars were fitted (and retrofitted) with the Metropolitan name fender script

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.

May, 1954  Bumper guards added to front and rear bumpers

July, 1954  "M" hubcaps added to all Metropolitans

August, 1954 Start of Series II. The new engine was a low compression engine of 1200 cc

November, 1955  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:
$1,527  Hardtop                        $1,551  Convertible

October, 1957  The series III higher compression engine is discontinued and a higher compression engine introduced and would be used until the end of production.

December, 1957   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.

January, 1959  Series IV introduced. Added some body work, incorporating a trunk lid and wing windows

October, 1959 Third price increase:     
$1,673 Hardtop                      $1,697  Convertible

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.


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