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The Metropolitan was marketed to women, because they were starting to come out of the kitchen.
The car manufacturers were building bigger and bigger cars and this tiny thing never really took off. I think most people thought it was cute but unsafe. It was a couple of decades ahead of it's time.
I tried to buy one in 1970. It was brown and yellow and in pretty good shape. I asked the guy how much he wanted. He said $100. I offered $25. He declined.
I bought a brand new 1970 Toyota for $1,700 instead. People didn't know how to pronounce it, so it rhymed with coyote. Toyote.
Wikipedia has a pretty good collection of statistics on the vehicle.
Autozone has specifications for the 1959 AMC Metropolitan 1.5L 1BL 4cyl. Wikipedia says that it is also called the Metropolitan by American Motors. Wikipedia also goes on to say that it came with Engine(s) Austin A40, 1,200 cc (73 cu in) I4 and 1,500 cc (92 cu in) B-Series I4. Transmission(s) 3-speed manual Metropolitan Series IV 1959-1961
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Here is more info.
The 1958-1962 AMC Metropolitan was a continuation of the 1954-1957 Nash/Hudson Metropolitan under the AMC badge. This line was still powered by the Series 56 1500cc Austin overhead-valve four.
Engines for the 1958-1962 AMC Metropolitan:
i dont know how to make my self any clearer so i will ask again..............I am looking for info being pictures,mechanical details, how manybuilt, etc etc of
1959 2 DOOR NASH AMBASSADOR i think there was only 3 built of which i have seen one on a trip to the US . it is nothing at all like this little METRO NODDY CAR u guys go on about .
NOTICE I AM SAYING .......AMBASSADOR.......NOT METROPOLITAN
Ok, I see the Metropolitan is a AMC Nash Metropolitan, plus there is the Nash Ambassador so they are both Nash's but different models of Nash's.
They have alot here but no 1959 Nash 2-Door Ambassador.
Ambassador was the model name applied to the senior line of Nash automobiles from 1932 until 1957. From 1958 until the end of the 1974 model year, the Ambassador was the product of American Motors Corporation (AMC), which continued to use the Ambassador model name on its top-of-the-line models.
So, technically it is an AMC, it may actually be called the 1959 AMC 2-Door Ambassador
"The Ambassador was the top-line automobile produced by the American Motors Corporation (AMC) from 1958 until 1974. The vehicle was known as the AMC Ambassador, Ambassador V-8 by Rambler, and Rambler Ambassador at various times during its tenure in production. Previously, the name Ambassador had applied to Nash's "senior" full-size cars. The Ambassador nameplate was used continuously from 1927 until 1974 (the name being a top-level trim line from 1927-31); at the time it was discontinued, Ambassador was the longest continuously used nameplate in automotive history. All Ambassador models were built in Kenosha, Wisconsin."
Nash no longer existed as Nash Motors after the 1957 model year. However The NCCA recognizes 1958 through 1962 Metropolitans so 1959 is included here.
There are actually a total of 19 of this model year owned by people who joined this club, 8 are the Convertible and 11 the coupe.
Product development in the 1950s
American Motors combined the Nash and the Hudson product lines under a common manufacturing strategy in 1955, with the production of both Nashes and Hudsons combined...The Hudsons were redesigned to bring them in harmony with Nash body styles...The pre-existing full-size Nash product line was continued and the Ambassador were restyled as the Hudson Hornet...between 1955 and 1957 and "new" Hudson Wasp for model years 1955 and 1956.
The Nash Ambassador continued with the overhead- valve and L-head six.
For the 1958 model year the Nash and Hudson brands were dropped. Rambler became a marque in its own right and the mainstay of the company...The prototype 1958 Nash Ambassador / Hudson Hornet, built on a stretched Rambler platform, was renamed at the last minute as "Ambassador by Rambler". Company officials were confident in the changing market and in 1959 announced a $10 million expansion of its Kenosha complex (to increase annual straight-time capacity from 300,000 to 440,000 cars).
AMC models and products
1958-1964: Rambler Ambassador (1958-1962 also known as "Ambassador by Rambler")
1955-1957: Nash Ambassador1965-1974: Rambler/AMC Ambassador
Engines used by AMC
1956-1966: 196 cu in (3.2 L) Rambler I6 (L head and OHV version-ended 1965)199 cu in (3.3 L) Typhoon Six I6 (Starting in 1966)232 cu in (3.8 L) Typhoon Six I6 (Beginning in 1964)250 cu in (4.1 L) AMC V8 (Ending in 1961)287 cu in (4.7 L) AMC V8 (Beginning in 1963)327 cu in (5.4 L) AMC V8 (also used by Kaiser Jeep 1965-1967)
The Ambassador was the top-line automobile produced by the American Motors Corporation (AMC) from 1958 until 1974. The vehicle was known as the AMC Ambassador, Ambassador V-8 by Rambler, and Rambler Ambassador at various times during its tenure in production. Previously, the name Ambassador had applied to Nash's "senior" full-size cars. The Ambassador nameplate was used continuously from 1927 until 1974 (the name being a top-level trim line from 1927-31); at the time it was discontinued, Ambassador was the longest continuously used nameplate in automotive history. All Ambassador models were built in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
1959For 1959, the Ambassador received a revised grille, side trim, redesigned rear door skins and tailfins, as well as a stainless steel covered “C” pillar sporting the Ambassador emblem of an eagle’s head over an American Flag shield.
1959 American Motors Corporation (AMC) 2-Door Ambassador V8 By Rambler.
Engine(s) 327 cu in (5.4 L) V8
Transmission(s) 3-speed automatic
Wheelbase 117 in (2,972 mm)
A decision was made that the larger Ambassador would be marketed as the Ambassador V-8 by Rambler in order to identify it with the Rambler name's burgeoning success, but to indicate an air of exclusivity by showing it to be a different kind of vehicle. However, the car wore "Rambler Ambassador" badges on its front fenders.
The Ambassador had an excellent power to weight ratio for its time and provided spirited performance with 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) times of just under 10 seconds and low 17-second times through a quarter-mile (402 m) dragstrip. It could be equipped with a limited slip differential, as well as power brakes, power steering, power windows, and air conditioning. Numerous safety features came standard, while lap seat belts were optional.
American Motors Corporation (AMC) produced a series of widely-used V8 engines from the mid-1950s...
GEN-1 Nash/Hudson/Rambler V-8s (1956-1966)
327The AMC 327...displaced 327 cubic inches (5.4 L) due to the bore increase to 4.0 inches...and the 327 came with hydraulic valve lifters.
The EFI 327 was rated at 288 hp (215 kW), and the production 4V carbureted model at 255 hp (190 kW). All the EFI cars were reportedly converted to 4V carb before being sold; none are known to have existed outside the engineering department at AMC. The main problem was that vacuum tube and early transistor electronics just could not keep up with the demands of "on the fly" engine controls. Ironically, Bendix licensed patents based on the 1957 the design (patent dated 1960) to Bosch, who perfected it as the basis for their D-Jetronic injections system, first used in 1967.
The Nash Ambassador and Hudson Hornet "Special" models were dropped after 1956, replaced by standard wheelbase models with the 327 V8.
When the big Nash and Hudson cars were dropped after 1957, they were replaced by the 1958 "Ambassador by Rambler" — a stretched Rebel (Rambler V8) with the 327 V8.
The 327 was exclusive to the Ambassador line and could not be ordered in a Rebel or Classic through 1964.
Prior to 1960 all were high compression...all high compression models received a 4V carb...compression was...9.7:1. Piston top design changed compression, the heads were identical.
V8 EnginesMain article: AMC V8 engineAMC went through three generations of its V8 Block, though the most famous are its third generation blocks used in muscle cars. Generally, AMC V8s are considered "Small Block" due to exterior size and their maximum displacement. This usually refers to the later engines.
GEN-1 Nash/Hudson/Rambler V8s (1956-1966)
327 cu in (5.4 L)
I still haven't found out how many 2-doors were made in 1959 yet.
American Motors was formed from the merger of Hudson Motors and Nash-Kelvinator. The deal was the largest corporate merger up to that point - worth $197,793,366 - but was just one phase of a planned megamerger of Hudson, Nash, Studebaker, and Packard. The combined company would cover all segments of the market, and their size and ability to share engineering would amortize costs nicely; at least, that was the plan of Kelvinator’s George Mason, whose company owned Nash. The name “American Motors” originated with Mason, who started working on the plan just after World War II (thanks, XXXXX XXXXX)
1959 brought cosmetic changes only (the Metropolitan continued without any styling changes).
American Motors' first family of homegrown V8s is not well known to most enthusiasts, and there is a great deal of confusion about their origins, especially the 327 version. Those who are lucky enough to have made their acquaintance know them to have more than enough power for daily driver duty, with a sweet power curve, a willingness to cruise all day at 70-80 mph, and surprising fuel economy - or maybe not so surprising considering the manufacturer.The story starts in the early 1950s, not with Nash-Kelvinator or Hudson, but up the road from Detroit at Kaiser-Frazer in Willow Run, Michigan.
The real 327 was restricted to the "Ambassador by Rambler", a more luxurious longer wheelbase version (117") of the Rambler built to replace the big Nash and Hudson models. The long wheelbase variation continued through 1961, after which it was superceded by the 108inch wheelbase Rambler Ambassador, formalizing the model name most people had used to refer to the bigger car.
The names Nash and Hudson disappeared in favor of Ambassador by Rambler. The Ambassador was a restyled Rambler riding on a longer wheel base; it was top of the line from 1959 on and available with air suspension as an option. The performance oriented Rambler Rebel was still there, accompanied by the Metropolitan (offered since 1954), a sub compact car that was built by Austin in Great Britain for Nash, later AMC.
1958 - 1961 Rambler Ambassador
AMC and its constituent companies, Nash and Hudson.
The only engine offered on the 1958 - 1961 Rambler Ambassador was a 5.35 liter V8. For 1958 and 1959, only was version was available : 4 barrel Holley carburetor, 9.7 : 1 compression ratio, 270 hp.. A three speed manual transmission was standard for all models, all years; an optional overdrive was available. However, it is likely that almost all of these cars came with "Flash o Matic", a three speed automatic manufactured by Borg Warner with a push button dash control.