Austin/Nash Metropolitan 1500 1956-61
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Austin/Nash Metropolitan 1500 1956-61 specifications
BMC 'B' type
4 cylinder in-line,
8 overhead valves
Displacement: 1,489cc
Bore: 73.025mm
Stroke: 89mm
Compression ratio: 7.2:1
Valves: 2 per cylinder
Main bearings: 3
Carburettor: Zenith downdraught
Power output: 78bhp
at 4,100rpm

Maximum speed: 75mph
Acceleration: 0-50mph 15.3secs
0-60mph: 24.8secs
Overall fuel consumption:

3-speed manual,
column change
Ratios: top 4.22,
2nd 6.288, 1st 11.985, rev 14.264
Syncromesh on 2nd & top
Clutch: Borg & Beck s.d.p.Propeller shaft: open Hardy spicer
Final drive: Hypoid bevel
Rear wheel drive

Pressed steel monocoque

Girling Hydraulic, Front & rear: 8in drum
Friction lining area:
Cam and lever
Turning circle L: 35ft
Lock to lock 2.87 turns
Front: ind. coil & wishbone
Rear: semi eliptic leaf

Wheels & tyres
4 stud, 13in, pressed steel
Tyres 520 x 13 tubless

Dimensions & Weight
Wheelbase: 7ft 1in
Track front: 3ft 9.25in
Track rear: 3ft 9in
Overall length: 12ft 5in
Overall width: 5ft
Overall height: 4ft 8in
Ground clearance: 6in
Kerb weight: 17cwt
Fuel tank: 8.75gals
Sump: 7pints
Gearbox: 4.5pints
Cooling: 13.3pints

Austin Metropolitan Production
1956 -1961, longbridge
Total Austin Metropolitan RHD production: approx
9,390 cars
Total Metropolitan 1953-61 production: approx 95,000

Price new in 1957
Hard top: £475 + £238 17s purchase tax
Contvertible: £482 10s + £242 12s purchase tax