Chronology
of the
Metropolitan




© Compiled by David Austin MOC(UK) #2, MOC(NA) #200

Month

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Data Key Historical  Technical  Publication

Sep-53

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Austin Motor Company acquires "Fisher & Ludlow" 30-Sep-53

Oct-53

E1001

E1065


Start of series I production ("A40" series 1200cc). Commencing E1001, Body 1001, 542,P907/P903, Engine 1G 881459
Cars designated as "NKI Custom"
Colours P-903 Spruce Green, P-904 Canyon Red, P-905 Caribbean Blue or P-906 Croton Green contrasted with P-907 Mist Grey (Hardtops (542) only).
For Conv.(541) P-903 with Tan top, P-904 & P-906 with Black top and P-905
with Black or Tan top.

First US Shop manual printed "A40" series models (NAS53 1480 10M 10-53)
US Flat rate manual schedule of repair times printed (NAS53 1502 5M 10-53)

Nov-53

E1066

E1270



Dec-53

E1271

E1770


24 Hour test at Raleigh N.C.
E1008, Body 1009, 542, P907/P903, Engine 1G 892557, - Speed endurance.
E1013, Body 1013, 542, P907/P903, Engine 1G 894107, - Economy trial.
Shipments for 1953 – 743

Jan-54

E1771

E2796


"Metropolitan" name adopted

Feb-54

E2797

E3883


Installation of "NKI Custom" nameplate stopped after Body No.2869
“Metropolitan Extra” Pre-announcement Newspaper issued - NSP54-1657-6M-2-54
First printing US Owners' Handbook {RD51190 (Ser. 8110842)}
First US Parts Book issued (F2421)

Mar-54

E3884

E5059

862

"Metropolitan" public release (19th March 1954)
Unveiled at Chicago Auto Show by Evelyn Ay (Miss America 1954)
US Price $1445 (hardtop) $1469 (convertible)

"Metropolitan" nameplate fitted after Body No. 4097 (E4007, 541, P904-B,
Engine 1G 950348) and retro-fitted to all earlier production
"E" prefix added to Chassis No. (Comm. E-4781)

First US brochure printed (NSP54 1633 350M 3-54)
First US Postcard printed (NSP54 1508F 150M 3-54)
Salesman’s book printed (NT54 1635-5M-3-54)
"Inside Story of the Metropolitan" printed (NT54 1636-5M-3-54)
AMA official specification for 1954 Metropolitan compiled
Revision of Parts List F2421 - (Labelled "54-1")- March 24th

Apr-54

E5060

E6263

981

P-906 "Croton Green" dropped from production because of colour matching problems
Reprint US brochure (NSP54 1633-1-300M 4-54)
"Mechanix Illustrated" magazine Road Test
"Popular Science Monthly" magazine Road Test

May-54

E6264

E7677

1,194

Nash & Hudson merge to become "American Motors"
Design of Over-riders (Bumper Guards) modified (Comm. E6797)

Jun-54

E7678

E9095

1,499

Second printing US Owners' Handbook {RD51190 (Ser. 8110842)}

Jul-54

E9096

E10429

802

Start of Hudson Metropolitan production. Commencing E10017, Body 10103, 542,P907/P904, Engine 1G 991084
Introduction of "M" hubcap, plain Horn button & Spare Wheel Cap (Comm. E10007) for Hudson models
Hudson Grille Medallion not available; was fitted retrospectively.

US Flat Rate schedule of Repair times (NAS54 1502 25C 7-54)
"Motor Life" magazine Road Test
"Motor Trend" magazine Road Test

Aug-54

E10430

E11330

767

End of Series I production ("A40" series 1200cc). Final number E11000, Body 11454,
542, P907/P904, Engine 1G 996180.

Final figures Hardtops – 5,700 (Nash), 384 (Hudson)
Convertibles – 3,751 (Nash), 165 (Hudson)
Start of Series II production ("B" series 1200cc)
Commencing E11001, Body 11001,
542, P907/P904, Engine 2G 10003 - 19th August 1954

Nash Folder printed (including Metropolitan) -
"What's the Truth about car values today" (NSP54 1766 250M 8-54)
First Hudson Brochure printed (AM5458 250M 8-54)
Hudson Postcard printed (AM5462 125M 8-54)
Hudson Salesman's book printed (AM5459 8-54 4M)
Showroom Poster printed (AM5457 8-54)
"Road & Track" magazine Road Test

Sep-54

E11331

E12425

937

4.55:1 (41/9) Rear axle replaces 4.625:1 (37/8) Comm. E11944, Body 11720, 542,
P907/P905, Engine 2G 10977

"Motor" magazine Road Test

Oct-54

E12426

E13596

726

George W. Mason (President of Nash Motors) died. Succeeded by George Romney.
Revision of Parts List - 1st October (F2421R)
"Autocar" magazine Road Test

Nov-54

E13597

E14258

626

Cars sold on or after November 26th titled as 1955 models
US Shop manual printed for "B" series models (NAS55 1812 10M 11-54)
AMA official specification for "B" series models compiled

Dec-54

E14259

E14996

671

Total Registrations 1954 - 7,018, Shipments for 1954 – 13,162

Jan-55

E14997

E15627

628

Release of 1954 American Motors annual report
Austin Press Guide printed (1189) – Notice of launch of US Metropolitans

Feb-55

E15628

E16405

610

Hudson Showroom book printed (HM55 1128 1300 2-55)
W.S. Berry presents to A.S.B.E. "Engineering ventures in Personal transportation"

Mar-55

E16406

E17311

728

"Auto Week" magazine - Metropolitan top selling Foreign car

Apr-55

E17312

E18094

715

"Car Life" magazine Road Test

May-55

E18095

E18791

883

Nash folder printed (NSP55 1858-1-200M 5-55)
Revision of Parts List F2421R (Labelled "Rev 55-1")
Third printing Owners' Handbook (812061)

Jun-55

E18792

E19501

744

Revision of Parts List F2421R (Labelled "Rev 55-2")

Jul-55

E19502

E19944

770

Hudson brochure printed (HM55 1449 25M 7-55)

Aug-55

E19945

E20188

*


Sep-55

E20189

E20473

*

New colour scheme proposed for Series III models :- P909/908 White top/Black lower
P905/908 Caribbean Green top/Black lower, P911/908 Coral Red top/Black lower
P910/908 Sunburst Yellow top/Black lower but not introduced into general production.

Oct-55

E20474

E20716

*


Nov-55

E20717

E20939

*

Start of Series III production (B series 1500cc engine) (Commencing E21008, Body 21006, Hardtop (562), P905/P908, Engine 1H 140004)- 28-Nov-55
Colours P-905 Caribbean Green,P-910 Sunburst Yellow , P-911 Coral Red &
P-909 Snowberry White as contrast. All Convertibles (561) had Black tops.
Rear Axle 4.22:1 ;Tubeless Tyres 5.20 x 13 fitted.

Dec-55

E20940

E21126

345

Cars sold on or after December 15th titled as 1956 models.
End of Series II production
– Ending with E21007, Body 21011, 542
P907/P904, Engine 2G 134910 - 15-Dec-55

Final figures Hardtop – 5,480 (Nash), 3,437 (Hudson) Total 8,917
Convertible – 719 (Nash) , 371 (Hudson) Total 1,090
Cumulative 15,001 (Hardtop) , 5,006 (Convertible)
Total Registrations 1955 - 6,807, Shipments for 1955 – 6,096

Release of 1955 American Motors annual report

Jan-56

E21127

E21605

313

First printing US 1500 Owners' Handbook (8112256)
1956 Price & Eqpt. NSP56-5030B P.O.E. Price - Hardtop $1445, Convertible $1469

Feb-56

E21606

E22174

264

US Parts Book issued (F-16056)

Mar-56

E22175

E22825

324

NKI Series 1, 2 & 3 Parts List issued (9048B)

Apr-56

E22826

E23556

519

Announcement of 1500 Metropolitan (Series III) (9th April 1956)
Suggest P.O.E. Price $1527.00 (Hardtop) $1551.00 (Convertible)
Astra-Gnome displayed at NY Auto Show (Apr 28th - May 6th)

American Motors brochure (M-56-5274) issued
AMA official specification for series III Metropolitans compiled
Metropolitan 1500 Price & Equipment Bulletin No. 1 issued 2nd April 1956

May-56

E23557

E24434

657

"Motor" magazine Road Test

Jun-56

E24435

E25367

688


Jul-56

E25368

E26021

792


Aug-56

E26022

E26651

863

"Motor Life" magazine Road Test
"Motor Trend" magazine Road Test

Sep-56

E26652

E27525

715

James W. Watson appointed "Sales Manager – Metropolitans" - Sept. 1st
New Rear Axle assembly introduced Comm. E26993, Body 27061, 562, P909/P911,
Engine 1H 144940 – built 13-Sep-1956
New Steering Box introduced Comm. E26873, Body 26882, 562, P909/P911,
Engine 1H 145982 – built 10-Sep-1956

Oct-56

E27526

E28430

691

Austin licensed to sell Metropolitans outside US & Canada. Announced October 22nd
US Price $1567 (Hardtop) $1591 (Convertible)
Cars sold on or after October 15th titled as 1957 models

“Metropolitan” Grille badge replaces “Nash” & “Hudson” – Commencing E28326
Gearbox threads changed from 5/16" UNF to 5/16" UNC
Comm. E27905, Body 27856, 562, P909/P910, Eng. 1H 146864. Built 15-Oct.-1956

Nov-56

E28431

E29462

689

New Gearbox rear extension & Prop-shaft flange introduced Comm. E28706,
Body 28698, 562, P909/P910, Engine 1H 147452 – built 9-Nov-1956
Brake Master Cylinder changed from 3/4" to 5/8", New Front & Rear slave cylinders. Comm. E29284, Body 29286, P909/P911, Engine 1H 148317 – built 27-Nov-1956

BMC 1956 Annual Report issued

Dec-56

E29463

E30259

630

Total Registrations 1956 - 7,145, Shipments for 1956 – 9,068
Start of UK Metropolitan production
(Comm. Car No. 148643, Body No. 28698)
Engine 1H 148643, Built 6th Dec. ’56, LHD Hardtop

Release of 1956 American motors annual report
First UK Owners' Manual printed (1468)
Lucas 1956/57 Catalogue for Series II & III (CCE700A) issued

Jan-57

E30260

E31480

585

Introduction of AMC Metropolitan Club.
First RHD Austin UK model produced.
HNK3-H, Engine number 1H 149431
Body number 200051, 8th Jan. ’57 Yellow/White Hardtop

Second printing US 1500 Owners' Handbook (8112256) Dated 1-57

Feb-57

E31481

E32765

572

New Steering Idler introduced Comm. E31763, Body 31465, 561, P909/P905,
Engine 1H 202920 – built 7-Feb-1957

Salesman’s Guide 1170/F Printed
Austin Press Guide printed (1491) – Notice of introduction of UK Metropolitans

Mar-57

E32766

E34156

1,011

Suggested P.O.E price East Coast $1567.15 (Hardtop) $1591.15 (Convertible)
Suggested P.O.E price West Coast $1608.65 (Hardtop) $1632.65 (Convertible)

Style of Cigar lighter changed (Comm. E34077)
New Accelerator linkage arm (Comm. E33240)

Metropolitan 1500 Price & Equipment Bulletin No. 2 issued 25th March 1957
First UK brochure printed (1406 23/25 (7026) 3/57 - 100)
NKI Series 1, 2 & 3 Parts List issued (9048C)
Lucas 1957 Austin Catalogue (CCE903F) issued

Apr-57

E34157

E35759

852

Series III Metropolitans released in UK (April 2nd)
Colours changed to P-910 Sunburst Yellow, P-912 Berkshire Green, P-913 Mardi-Gras Red with P-914 Frost White as contrast . All Convertibles had Black tops.
(Comm. E35133,Body 35153, 562, P914/P912, Engine 1H 208920 built 16-Apr-57)

Austin Price List 1168 R Hardtop GBP713 17s 0d Convertible GBP725 2s 0d
"Motor" magazine Road Test

May-57

E35760

E37653

1,036

US Met Letter Vol1. No1 printed
New UK brochure printed (1406A 35/10 (8203) 5/57 - 39)
UK Body Parts book issued (1506)
Austin Price List 1168 S Hardtop GBP713 17s 0d Convertible GBP725 2s 0d
"Sports Car Illustrated" magazine Road Test

Jun-57

E37654

E39059

1,084

New Fuel Tank outlet unit introduced (Comm. E38569)
Product Analysis Report (2M) - compare Met. with MGA
Product Analysis Report (3M) - compare Met. with English Ford Anglia
Austin Price List 1168/S    Hardtop GBP713 17s 0d Convertible GBP725 2s 0d
Austin Price List 1168/T    Prices as for 1168/S
"Autocar" magazine Road Test

Jul-57

E39060

E40281

1,333

UK brochure printed (1406A 35/10 (9103) 7/57-50)
Booklet "Opening up a new market with the Metropolitan" printed (Pub. No. 1533)
1956/57 Production for UK & Overseas – 1,873

Aug-57

E40282

E40765

1,336

US Met Letter Vol 1. No2 printed
UK Workshop Manual (97H 1467) issued
New UK Owners' Manual (97H 1468A) printed.
Austin Price List 1168/U Hardtop GBP713 17s 0d Convertible GBP725 2s 0d

Sep-57

E40766

E42138

1,361

AMC announce the dropping of the "Nash" and "Hudson" brand names (29th Sept)
Third printing US 1500 Owners' Handbook (8112256)

Oct-57

E42139

E43398

1,017

Suggested P.O.E.Price East Coast $1626.10 (Hardtop) $1650.10 (Convertible)
Suggested P.O.E.Price West Coast $1678.75 (Hardtop) $1702.75 (Convertible)
Cars sold on or after October 22nd titled as 1958 models.

Low compression Engine (7.2:1) discontinued – Final E43115, Body 43218, 562, P914/P913, Engine 22083 built 25-Oct-1957
High compression Engine (8.3:1) introduced Comm. E43116, Body 43149, 562, P914/P910 , Engine 15C-N-H 61800 built 25-Oct-1957

Fourth printing US 1500 Owners' Handbook (8112256)
Metropolitan 1500 Price & Equipment Bulletin No3 issued 22nd October 1957
New UK brochure printed (1406B 35/10 (10877) 10-57 -50)
UK Motor Show brochure issued (1565)
Austin Price List 1168/V Hardtop GBP713 17s 0d Convertible GBP725 2s 0d

Nov-57

E43399

E44463

826

Austin price guide (1168/W) Hardtop - GBP713 17s 0d Convertible GBP725 2s 0d
Austin price guide (1168/X) Hardtop – GBP749 2s 0d, Convertible - GBP775 7s 0d

Dec-57

E44464

E45540

778

Total US Registrations 1957 - 11,791, Shipments for 1957 – 15,317
Glove Box door fitted as standard. Comm. E44800, Body 44744, 562, P914/P912,
Engine 15C-N-H 75206 – built 10-Dec-1957
Full-flow Oil Filter introduced (Comm. E45245, Body 44469, 562, P914/P912,
Engine 15C-N-H 77148 built 19-Dec-57)

Release of 1957 American Motors annual report
UK brochure printed (1406B 35/10 (12506) 12-57 -50)
Austin price guide (1168/X) Hardtop – GBP749 2s 0d, Convertible - GBP775 7s 0d

Jan-58

E45541

E47002

647

One piece rear glass introduced (Comm. E45672, Body 45749, 562, P914/P910
Engine 15C-N-H 81051 built 2-Jan-58)
New Spot-welded Road Wheel introduced (Comm. E46555, Body 46423, 562, P914/P915, Engine 15C-N-H 85260 built 23-Jan-58)
P-915 Autumn Yellow replaces P-910 Sunburst Yellow; P-908 Classic Black added,
(Comm. E45912, Body 46039, 562, P914/P915, Engine 15C-N-H 82370
built 9-Jan-58).

US Met Letter Vol 2. No1 printed
J. W. Watson at SAE presents "The Trend towards more Intelligent Motoring"

Feb-58

E47003

E48369

673

New Water pump introduced (Comm. E48083)
Austin price guide (1168/X) Hardtop – GBP749 2s 0d, Convertible - GBP775 7s 0d

Mar-58

E48370

E49417

928

New Door locks, handles and Door lock pillar introduced (Comm. E48848,
Body 48928, 562, P914/P913, Engine 15C-N-H 104833 built 14-Mar-58)

UK brochure printed (1406C 35/10 (14501) 3-58 -50M)
UK Parts book issued (97H 1506)
Lucas 1958 Catalogue for Series III (CCE700B) issued

Apr-58

E49418

E50056

1,037

Revision 10 of Parts List F16056
Product Analysis Report(1M) - compare Met. to Volkswagen.
US Met Letter Vol 2. No 2 printed

May-58

E50057

E51254

1,289

Austin price guide (1168/AA) Hardtop – GBP749 2s 0d, Convertible - GBP775 7s 0d

Jun-58

E51255

E52200

1,149

UK brochure printed (1406C 35/10 (16111) 6-58 -50M)
Austin price guide (1168/BB) Hardtop – GBP749 2s 0d, Convertible - GBP775 7s 0d

Jul-58

E52201

E53257

1,169

1957/58 Production for UK & Overseas – 5,755
Fifth printing US 1500 Owners' Handbook (8112256)
Lucas 1958 Austin Catalogue (CCE903G) issued
Austin price guide (1168/CC) Hardtop – GBP749 2s 0d, Convertible - GBP775 7s 0d

Aug-58

E53258

E54058

1,177

US Met Letter Vol 2. No 3 printed
UK brochure printed (1406C 35/10 (17109) 8/58 -50M)
UK Schedule of repair times (AKD 1023)
UK Schedule of Repair charges (AKD 1024)
Austin Press Guide 1491/A issued - Notice of introduction of UK Austin Metropolitan
"Motor Life" magazine Road Test

Sep-58

E54059

E55305

1,117

New Handbrake assembly introduced Comm. E54326, Body 54337, 562, P914/P913
,Engine 15A-N-H 150602 , built 8-Sep-58

US Flat rate schedule of repair times (AM1509 2.5 9-58)
Austin Salesman’s Guide 1170/G printed
Austin Price List 1168/DD Hardtop – GBP749 2s 0d, Convertible - GBP775 7s 0d
Austin Price List 1168/EE Hardtop – GBP749 2s 0d, Convertible - GBP775 7s 0d
"Small Car Illustrated" magazine Road Test

Oct-58

E55306

E56555

1,217

Cars sold on or after October 8th titled as 1959 models
UK BMC Service voucher book printed (AKD1011)
Austin Price List 1168/FF Hardtop – GBP749 2s 0d, Convertible - GBP775 7s 0d
UK Motor Show brochure printed (1697)
Service Notes Index issue 1 printed

Nov-58

E56556

E57684

949

Steering modified to improve turning circle Comm. E57528, Body 57557, 562, P914/P912, Engine 15A-N-H 169434, built 26-Nov-1958
Austin Salesman’s Guide 1170/H printed
Austin Price List 1168/GG Hardtop – GBP749 2s 0d, Convertible - GBP775 7s 0d

Dec-58

E57685

E58630

891

Total Registrations 1958 - 12,243, Shipments for 1958 – 13,128
5.60 x 13 Tyres replace 5.20 x 13 + New Speedometer - Comm. E57897
US Met Letter Vol 2. No 4 printed
Release of 1958 American Motors annual report

Jan-59

E58631

E59383

*

End of UK Series III production (Last Car No. 174167, Body No. 208264) 26-1-59
Total UK Series III production – 8,321
Start of US Series IV Production ("B" series 1500cc + Trunk (Boot) Lid,

Comm. E59048 , Body 58824, 562, P914/P912 – 12-Jan-59))
Sixth printing US 1500 Owners' Handbook (8112256)
Austin Price List 1168/JJ  Hardtop - GBP749 2s 0d Convertible GBP775 7s 0d
Austin Price List 1168/KK Hardtop – As above
Whitewall tyres GBP8 1s 3d extra

Feb-59

E59384

E60742

*

Suggested P.O.E. price East Coast $1672.60 (Hardtop) $1696.60 (Convertible)
Suggested P.O.E. price West Coast $1725.25 (Hardtop) $1749.25 (Convertible)
End of US Series III production
Ended E59047, Body 58886, 562, P914/P908,
Engine 15A-N-H 172966 - (2-Feb-59)

Total 38,040 (32,711 H/T, 5,329 Conv)
Cumulative Total 58,047 (47,712 H/T , 10,335 Conv)
Series IV Metropolitans withdrawn from UK sale.
US Parts Book issued (F-16059)
Revised US Met. window sticker printed for Series IV (Z-1633R Rev. 2-59)
Supplement "B" for Price & Equipment Bulletin No. 3 issued 18th February 1959
UK brochure printed (1406C 35/10 (21147) 2/59 -25M)
UK BMC service literature book printed (AKD 858B)
Austin Price List 1168/LL  Hardtop - GBP749 2s 0d Convertible GBP775 7s 0d

Mar-59

E60743

E62309

*

Series IV folder printed (AM-59-7282)
Seventh printing US 1500 Owners' Handbook (8112256)
US Met Letter Vol 2. No 5 printed
US Magazine "American City" print "Mets for Police" article

Apr-59

E62310

E64458

*

Public release of Series IV Metropolitans (2nd April 1959)
Hardtop $1672.60 Convertible $1696.80

Austin Price List 1168/MM Hardtop GBP707 6s 8d Convertible GBP732 2s 6d
Canadian Folder printed (50M/4/59)

May-59

E64459

E65903

*

Service Notes index Issue 2 printed
Austin Price List 1168/NN Hardtop GBP707 6s 8d Convertible GBP732 2s 6d
Austin Price List 1168/OO Hardtop GBP707 6s 8d Convertible GBP732 2s 6d

Jun-59

E65904

E68321

*

US Met Letter Vol 2. No 6 printed
Austin Price List 1168/OO Hardtop GBP707 6s 8d Convertible GBP732 2s 6d

Jul-59

E68322

E70425

*

1958/59 Production for UK & Overseas - 686
"Foreign Car Illustrated" magazine Road Test

Aug-59

E70426

E72234

*

US Series IV brochure issued (AM-59-7282-1)
Austin Price List 1168/QQ Hardtop GBP707 6s 8d Convertible GBP732 2s 6d

Sep-59

E72235

E74794

*

New cranked Dip-stick introduced (Comm. E74192)
US Met Letter Vol 2. No 7 printed

Oct-59

E74795

E76744

*

US Price $1673 (Hardtop) $1697 (Convertible)
Cars sold on or after October 14th titled as 1960 models

UK Motor Show brochure printed (1822)
Austin Salesman’s Guide (1170/I) issued
Austin Price List 1168/SS Hardtop GBP707 6s 8d Convertible GBP732 2s 6d
Lucas 1959 Austin Catalogue (CCE 903H) issued

Nov-59

E76745

E78832

*

BMC Annual Report issued
UK BMC service literature book printed (AKD 858D)

Dec-59

E78833

E80929

*

Total registrations 1959 - 14,669, Shipments for 1959 – 22,209
New Windscreen (Windshield) Glass & Rubber surround (Comm. E79088)
US Met Letter Vol 3. No 1 printed
Release of 1959 American Motors annual report

Jan-60

E80930

E82827

*

Eighth printing US 1500 Owners' Handbook (8112256)
UK BMC Service voucher book printed (AKD1011A)

Feb-60

E82828

E84428

*

Canadian Folder printed (10M/2/60)

Mar-60

E84429

E86457

*

US Met Letter Vol 3. No 2 printed

Apr-60

E86458

E88306

*

"Fifth Avenue" show car displayed at New York Auto Show
NKI Series 1, 2, 3 & 4 Parts list issued (AKD 1090)
Supplement "C" of Price & Equipment Bulletin for Metropolitan issued.
Product Analysis Report (11) - compare Met. to Renault Caravelle.
"Automobile Topics" magazine Road Test

May-60

E88307

E90273

*

Metropolitan presented to Princess Margaret as a Wedding present
Revision 4 for Parts List F-16059

Jun-60

E90274

E91578

*

Lucas 1960 BMC Catalogue (CCE 900J) issued

Jul-60

E91579

E92290

*

First UK Series IV Car No. 110101, Body 208312, Engine 15F-N-H 32838 11-July-60)
1959/60 Production for UK & Overseas - 13
Austin Price List 1168/VV Hardtop GBP707 6s 8d Convertible GBP732 2s 6d
US Met Letter Vol 3. No 3 printed

Aug-60

E92291

E92982

*

UK Series IV production begins (Car No. 114002)
Metropolitan again available on UK market.
Austin Price List 1168/WW Hardtop GBP707 6s 8d Convertible GBP732 2s 6d

Sep-60

E92983

E93570

*

Highest number US Series IV built - E95986 – 15-Sept-60
Total yearly (Aug. 59 – Sept 60) US sales – 13,538

Austin Press Guide (1977) issued

Oct-60

E93571

E93946

*

US Met Letter Vol 3. No 4 printed
Austin Salesman’s Guide (1170/K) issued

Nov-60

E93947

E94353

*

Austin Price List 1168/XX Hardtop GBP707 6s 8d Convertible GBP732 2s 6d
UK BMC Service voucher book printed (AKD1011B)
UK Schedule of repair times printed (AKD1023A)
UK Schedule of repair charges printed (AKD1024A)

Dec-60

E94354

E94598

*

Total Registrations 1960 - 11,748, Shipments for 1960 – 13,874
Release of 1960 American Motors annual report

Jan-61

E94599

E94851

*

Austin Price List 1168/YY Hardtop GBP707 6s 8d Convertible GBP732 2s 6d

Feb-61

E94852

E95305

*

"Westerner" car displayed at Chicago Auto Show (Feb. 16th - 26th)
End of UK Metropolitan production
(Final Production Car No. 143112 )
Princess Margaret’s Metropolitan stolen in London.
US Met Letter Vol 4. No 1 printed
US Flat rate schedule of Repair times (AM1509 2M 2-61)
UK Parts book issued (AKD 1803)

Mar-61

E95306

E95869

*


Apr-61

E95870

E95981

*

Last Body produced at Fisher & Ludlow - 10-April-61
End of Series IV Metropolitan production
(Officially E95981), Body 97295, 562, P914/P912, Engine 15F-N-H 38126 – built 19-Apr-61
Series IV Total 36,934 (27,866 H/T, 9,068 Conv.)
Cuml. Total 94,981 (75,578 H/T, 19,403 Conv)
1960/61 Production for UK & Overseas – 1,068
Total UK & Overseas Production 9,391
Total Austin Series IV – 1070 (July ’60 – Apr. ’61)
(Final UK Car built 13-April -61)
– (Car No. AHP 7/ 150301 P914/P915 Hardtop)
"Cape Cod" show car displayed at New York Auto Show

May-61



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Ninth US printing 1500 Owners' Handbook (8112256)

Jun-61



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Service Notes Index Issue 7
Service Notes Index Issue 8

Jul-61



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US Met Letter Vol 4. No 2 printed

Sep-61



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Total yearly (Aug.60 to Sept.61) US sales – 9,130
Lucas 1961 BMC Catalogue (CCE 900K) issued

Oct-61



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Total Registrations 1961 - 8,657, Shipments for 1961 - 969
Release of 1961 American Motors annual report

Jan-62



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US Met Letter Vol 4. No 3 printed

Feb-62



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Total Registrations (to Feb 62) – 887, Shipments for 1962 - 420

Acknowledgements :-

            Production Information - John A. Conde (Formerly of American Motors)
            US & Austin Production Information – Thanks to the Archivists BMIHT
            Austin Information - © Copyright Anders Ditlev Clausager (formerly Archivist to the BMIHT) 1997

Sources :-

            Too many to list completely, but including –

            "The Metropolitan Story" - Patrick R. Foster
            The "Brooklands" Series of Metropolitan Books
            "Austin – The Counties years" - Brown/Whyley
            "Men & Motors of the Austin" - Barney Sharratt
            "The Cars of BMC" - Graham Robson
            "Complete Catalogue of Austin Cars" - Anders Ditlev Clausager
            Numerous Catalogues, magazines, Shop manuals, Parts lists, Owners’ Handbooks etc.


© David Austin 2010