1961 AMC Metropolitan Convertible

1961 AMC Metropolitan Convertible
Darin Schnabel ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

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 NXI 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.

This particular 1961 model was built in June of 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. 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.

It is show-ready in all regards, as one of the finest Metropolitans that we have ever had the pleasure of offering.