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1955 Hudson Metropolitan

1955 Hudson Metropolitan in American Pickers, Non-fiction TV, 2010-2022 IMDB Ep. 1.02

Class: Cars, Coupé — Model origin: US — Built in: UK

1955 Hudson Metropolitan

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle


tv boy US

2011-07-28 19:45

The Wikipedia article on Metropolitans says after the Nash/Hudson merger into American Motors, some of the earliest Metropolitans were actually badged as Hudsons. Sure enough, so's this one.

Commander 57 US

2011-07-28 20:32

Yes. I remember seeing that one.

I suppose it could be an early '56. Didn't the new front end start after the '56 model year was under way or am I wrong about that?
Wasn't the '54 the first year? Was it just a Nash then or was the Hudson name used late in '54?
(Hudson and Nash merged in 1954 but I can't recall when during the year.)

CougarTim US

2011-07-28 21:03

^According to my information, the merger was May 1, 1954. Don't know when the Hudson name was first applied to Metropolitans, though.

Commander 57 US

2011-07-28 21:24

That would have been early enough for them to still be turning out new '54's.
Would be very interesting to know if there were any Hudson-badged 1954 models.
Any Metro experts here who could answer that?

Commander 57 US

2011-07-28 22:25

The following quote is from the Wikipedia article on the Metropolitan:
".....by August 1954, Metropolitans also became available from Hudson dealers. These Hudson Metropolitans carried a Hudson grille badge, hubcaps incorporating an "M" logo, a "bulls-eye" horn button design, and a plain spare wheel cover."

The issue is, by August 1954 were 1954 model year Mets still being produced? If so, the first Hudson Metropolitans were very late 1954 models.

Elsewhere in the article, this is stated:
"Although Nash merged with Hudson in 1954, and marketed the car as a Hudson Metropolitan in 1955, 'demand never took off from the original level',[23] primarily because the Metropolitan was slow by North American standards."

That implies the first Hudson Mets were 1955 models.

I feel comfortable listing the photo'ed car as a 1955.

-- Last edit: 2011-07-28 22:26:19

ce1.3 VE

2011-10-21 01:50


GodzillaFan54 CA

2019-11-23 01:53

One of these is very common at car shows in my area!! It's white and light yellow and has a large red circle in the grille that reads HUDSON. He also has a matching trailer for it!

night cub US

2019-11-23 02:43

So I was curious to how many Hudson versions were sold, according to this site, 4,356 of the almost 104,000 were Hudsons.


Terra US

2019-11-23 03:41

Only seen one before years ago, white and blue one.

Baube QC

2019-11-23 05:17

still waiting for my first..

night cub US

2019-11-23 05:43

Me too!

GodzillaFan54 CA

2019-11-24 15:28

Here's some pictures of it in case anyone's interested in what a pristine Hudson Metropolitan looks like. Unfortunately I don't have any pics of the rear...
[Image: img_2554.jpg] [Image: img_1208.jpg] [Image: img_2555.jpg]

johnfromstaffs EN

2019-11-24 16:00

Since they were all produced at Longbridge, and substantially from the same press tools, there would be only detail differences so don’t worry about it.

Later note. Apart from the opening bootlid on the late models of course.

-- Last edit: 2019-11-25 17:28:55

Commander 57 US

2019-11-24 16:16

Beautiful, Godzilla.
I assume a '56, since the '55 had the older grille and the '57 was just called "Metropolitan".

GodzillaFan54 CA

2019-11-24 16:27

Yes, it's a '56. I also have pictures of an extremely rare 1955 Monarch Lucerne.

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