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Below are Metropolitan Chassis Numbers-Production Dates
and changes to Metropolitans
Thanks to David Austin (Mocna # 200) and Mocna

 

A Metropolitan chronology


by David J. Austin MOCNA #200
(with assistance from John A. Conde) as published by MOCNA
 
Met Production Information, Major changes, and "E" number date info

Month

U.S. serial number

Sales figures

Remarks

   

Oct-53

1001

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.

Nov-53

E1066

Dec-53

E1271

24-hour test at Raleigh, N.C. E1008 performed speed endurance trial; E1013 performed in an economy trial.

Jan-54

E1771

"Metropolitan" name adopted

Feb-54

E2849

Installation of "NKI Custom" nameplate ended with E2869. First issue U.S. owners manual and U.S. parts list.

Mar-54

E3884

862

"Metropolitan" name publicly announced March 19. "Metropolitan" nameplate fitted after E4097 and retrofitted to all available earlier production. Price $1445 (hardtop) and $1469 (convertible).

Apr-54

E5060

981

May-54

E6264

1194

Nash and Hudson merge to form American Motors Corp. Overriders (bumper guards) fitted from E6796.

Jun-54

E7678

1499

Second printing, U.S. owner manual.

Jul-54

E8946

802

"M" hubcap introduced with E10007

Aug-54

E10430

767

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).

Sep-54

E11224

767

Oct-54

E12646

726

Nov-54

E13714

626

U.S. shop manual for Series II issued.

Dec-54

Unknown

Unknown

Jan-55

E15079

628

Feb-55

E15614

610

Mar-55

E16400

728

Apr-55

E17239

715

May-55

E17896

883

Third printing, U.S. owners manual

Jun-55

E15079

720

Jul-55

E19442

739

Aug-55

E19920

unk

Sep-55

unk

unk

Oct-55

E20442

unk

Nov-55

E20715

unk

End of Series II production. Final figures: 8920 hardtops; 1078 convertibles. Cumulative total: 15,003 hardtops; 5,004 convertibles.

Dec-55

E21008

333

Jan-56

E21008

313

Start 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.

Feb-56

E21609

264

New parts list issued.

Mar-56

E22269

324

Apr-56

E22956

519

Public announcement of Series III 1500 cc models. Price $1,527 for hardtops; $1,551 convertible.

May-56

E23545

657

P-912 Berkshire Green, P-913 Mardi Gras red added to color list.

Jun-56

E24396

688

Jul-56

E25241

792

Aug-56

E26015

863

Sep-56

E26596

715

Oct-56

E27395

691

Price $1,567 hardtop; $1,591 convertible.

Nov-56

E28321

689

Dec-56

E29177

630

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.

Jan-57

E29920

585

Second printing U.S. owners manual (1500cc)

Feb-57

E31523

572

Mar-57

E32715

1011

Style of cigar lighter changed beginning with E34077

Apr-57

E34151

852

Series III Mets announced for UK sale.

May-57

E35810

1036

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.

Jun-57

E37660

1084

Jul-57

E39060

1333

Aug-57

E40282

1336

Second English owner manual issued; English shop manual issued.

Sep-57

E41057

1361

Oct-57

E42159

1017

Low compression engines discontinued beginning E43116. Third printing U.S. owners manual (1500cc). Price: $1,626 hardtop; $1,650 convertible.

Nov-57

E43372

826

Dec-57

E44465

778

Full-flow oil filter introduced beginning E45245. Glove box door fitted standard beginning E44800. U.S. sales for 1957: 11,791.

Jan-58

E45547

647

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.

Feb-58

E47002

673

New door lock introduced commencing E48848.

Mar-58

E48240

928

English arts List (97H1506) issued. Fourth printing of U.S. Owners Manual (1500cc).

Apr-58

E49378

1037

May-58

E50060

1289

Jun-58

E51204

1149

Jul-58

E51270

1169

Fifth printing U.S. Owner Manual (1500cc)

Aug-58

E53205

1177

Sep-58

E54052

1117

New handbrake assembly commencing E57528.

Oct-58

E55332

1217

Nov-58

E56644

949

Steering modified to improve turning circle commencing E57528.

Dec-58

E57788

891

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

Jan-59

E58620

Start of Series IV (B series 1500cc). Modified body work to incorporate trunk lid. Sixth printing U.S. owners manual (1500cc).

Feb-59

E59673

U.S. parts list issued.

Mar-59

E60736

Seventh printing U.S. owners manual (1500cc)

Apr-59

E62156

May-59

E64132

Public announcement of Series B Mets.

Jun-59

E68247

Jul-59

NA

Aug-59

E70416

Sep-59

E72175

New dipstick introduced with E74192. Revised Flat Rate Schedule issued.

Oct-59

E74589

Price: $1,673 hardtop; $1,697 convertible.

Nov-59

E77010

Dec-59

E78828

new front windscreen rubber & surround commencing E79091.

Jan-60

E80961

Eighth printing U.S. owners manual (1500cc)

Feb-60

E82590

Mar-60

E84426

Apr-60

E86462

Parts List AKD 1090 issued (Series I, II, III, IV); "Fifth Avenue" Met displayed at N.Y. Motor Show.

May-60

E88362

Jun-60

E90036

Jul-60

E91544

Aug-60

E92291

Sep-60

E92709

Oct-60

E93318

Nov-60

E93845

Dec-60

E94367

Jan-61

E94742

Feb-61

E95152

Revised Flat Rate manual. English parts list AKD 1803 issued. Princess Margaret's Met stolen in London.

Mar-61

E95592

Apr-61

"Cape Cod" Met displayed at N.Y. Motor Show.

May-61

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.