1961 AMC Metropolitan 1500 Convertible
Sold For $74,250Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
- An immaculate, correct restoration using many new old-stock parts
- Very rare Canadian-delivery example
- One of the finest examples available of this charming American icon
At a time in automotive history when American manufacturers were consistently arguing that “bigger is better,” Nash dared to be different. After creating a well-received concept car called the NXI, Nash believed that a small, efficient car could be successful amongst the sea of large cars being offered by the Big Three: Ford, GM, and Chrysler. In 1953, Nash put the redeveloped NKI concept into production, and starting in 1954, the car would be marketed as the Metropolitan. It would be produced by Nash and its successor, American Motors, for eight years, and was one of the first small automobiles to find widespread success in the United States, by virtue of its fine appointments and charming styling.
Even today, a Metropolitan is almost always the crowd favorite in even the most diverse and valuable collection.
This particular 1961 model was built in June 1960 and is one of 116 shipped to Canada. Acquired from a longtime owner in Blenheim, Ontario, it was fully restored by its present owner to an exhaustive standard of factory correctness, including numerous “new old-stock” parts acquired from well-known Metropolitan authorities. It is finished in the original color scheme of Berkshire Green and Frost White with a black and beige striped interior, matching its trim tag. The car is accompanied by an assembly and wiring guide, a summary of the costs of the restoration (totaling $47,500 CAD), various invoices, and other documentation, and is show-ready in all regards, as one of the finest Metropolitans that we have ever had the pleasure of offering.