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1957 Metropolitan 1500 Hardtop Coupe [562]

1957 Metropolitan 1500 [562] in Carry on Constable, Movie, 1960 IMDB

Class: Cars, Coupé — Model origin: US — Built in: UK — Made for: GB

1957 Metropolitan 1500 Hardtop Coupe [562]

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Sunbar UK

2006-10-17 18:44

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Austin Metropolitan

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The Metropolitan was produced by Austin or BMC and also sold as US imports to Nash, Hudson, and AMC. (American Motors Corporation, the distributor of the Metropolitan in North America following the Nash/Hudson merger in 1956)

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Sunbar UK

2006-10-17 18:54

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I believe in the UK it was sold as 'Metropolitan' only a separate brand made by Austin.

As such it had a 'M' on the grill for Metropolitan but was not sold as a Nash.

Alexander DE

2006-10-21 14:54

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According to this page the brand is Austin:
http://www.stevvia.demon.co.uk/history.htm

Sunbar UK

2006-10-21 15:24

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The Metropolitan appears to come into the same category as the transverse engined 'Princess' a few decades later.

Never actually badged as 'Austin' (as remarked in the web-site mentioned) they were built at Longbridge and sold by Austin dealers. Advertising said "the new Metropolitan made by Austin" much in the same way that the Princess carried Leyland and Austin-Morris logos in their publications.

The following site refers to Metropolitan as the manufacturer http://www.britishmm.co.uk/history.asp?id=619 commenting...

"Some were sold in Southern Europe and South Africa as well as in the UK. None of these ever carried any Austin or BMC badging but simply had Metropolitan badges with the letter M on the hubcaps and grill." It was recognised that this was a car designed for the USA and not part of the regular Austin line-up of models.

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Alexander DE

2006-10-21 20:01

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Sounds convincing for me. Let's keep Metropolitan, as you suggest.

stronghold EN

2007-10-20 10:10

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