|Met Production Information, Major changes, and "E" number date info |
U.S. serial number
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Start of Metropolitan production. First cars were name plated
"NKI Custom." First U.S. shop manual and Flat Rate manual issued. Colors were P-903 Spruce Green, P-904 Canyon Red,
P-905 Caribbean Blue, P-906 Croton Green all with P-907 Mist Grey as contrast color for roof. Convertibles with P-903 had
tan tops; those with P-904 and P-906 had black tops; those with P-905 had either black or tan tops.
24-hour test at Raleigh, N.C. E1008 performed speed endurance trial; E1013 performed in an economy trial.
"Metropolitan" name adopted
Installation of "NKI Custom" nameplate ended with
E2869. First issue U.S. owners manual and U.S. parts list.
"Metropolitan" name publicly announced March 19. "Metropolitan" nameplate fitted after E4097
and retrofitted to all available earlier production. Price $1445 (hardtop) and $1469 (convertible).
Nash and Hudson merge to form American Motors Corp. Overriders (bumper guards) fitted from E6796.
Second printing, U.S. owner manual.
"M" hubcap introduced with E10007
End of Series 1 production (A series 1200cc). Final number:
E11000. Final figures: 6,083 hardtops; 3,917 convertibles. Series II begins with E11001 (B series 1200 cc).
U.S. shop manual for Series II issued.
Third printing, U.S. owners manual
End of Series II production. Final figures: 8920 hardtops;
1078 convertibles. Cumulative total: 15,003 hardtops; 5,004 convertibles.
of Series III (B series 1500 cc); first printing of U.S. owners manual for this series. Colors changed to P-905 Caribbean
Blue, P-910 Sunburst Yellow, P-911 Coral Red with P-909 Snowberry White as contrast color.
New parts list issued.
Public announcement of Series III 1500
cc models. Price $1,527 for hardtops; $1,551 convertible.
P-912 Berkshire Green, P-913 Mardi Gras red added to color list.
Price $1,567 hardtop; $1,591 convertible.
English 1500cc owners manual issued. U.S. sales for 1956: 11791. Brake master cylinder changed from 3/4" to
5/8" beginning with E29284. Start of UK Met production with SN 148643, body no. 28698.
Second printing U.S. owners manual (1500cc)
of cigar lighter changed beginning with E34077
Series III Mets announced for UK sale.
Color list changed: P-910 Sunburst Yellow, P-912 Berkshire Green, P-913 Mardi Gras red coupled with P-914 Frost White
as a contrast color.
Second English owner manual issued; English shop manual issued.
Low compression engines discontinued beginning E43116. Third printing U.S. owners manual (1500cc).
Price: $1,626 hardtop; $1,650 convertible.
Full-flow oil filter introduced beginning
E45245. Glove box door fitted standard beginning E44800. U.S. sales for 1957: 11,791.
One-piece rear windscreen introduced with E45672. New colors added: P-908 Classic Black and
P-915 Autumn Yellow join P-912 Berkshire Green, P-913 Mardi Gras red coupled with P-914 Frost White as a contrast color.
New door lock introduced commencing E48848.
English arts List (97H1506) issued. Fourth printing of U.S.
Owners Manual (1500cc).
printing U.S. Owner Manual (1500cc)
New handbrake assembly commencing E57528.
Steering modified to improve turning circle commencing E57528.
Annual U.s. Sales 12,243. End of Series III production. Final
figures: Series III hardtop 32,710; convertible 5,330. Cumulative (Series I, II, III) hardtop 47,713; convertible 10,336
Start of Series IV (B series 1500cc). Modified body work
to incorporate trunk lid. Sixth printing U.S. owners manual (1500cc).
U.S. parts list issued.
Seventh printing U.S. owners manual (1500cc)
announcement of Series B Mets.
New dipstick introduced with E74192. Revised
Flat Rate Schedule issued.
$1,673 hardtop; $1,697 convertible.
new front windscreen rubber & surround commencing E79091.
Eighth printing U.S. owners manual (1500cc)
Parts List AKD 1090 issued (Series I,
II, III, IV); "Fifth Avenue" Met displayed at N.Y. Motor Show.
Revised Flat Rate manual. English parts
list AKD 1803 issued. Princess Margaret's Met stolen in London.
"Cape Cod" Met displayed at
N.Y. Motor Show.
Ninth printing U.S. Owners Manual (1500cc).
|No production information available beyond March 1961. A few dealers sold 1961 Mets during the 1962 model year.
Official final serial number E95981. Estimated final figures: Series IV hardtop 27,856; convertible 9,065. Cumulative: hardtop
75,569; convertible 19,399. Total 94,968.An estimated
4,356 Series I and II Mets were sold by Hudson dealers and bore the Hudson grille nameplate.|