The Metropolitan was a very unusual car. Nash Motors was exploring the idea of producing a small economical commuter car, something that could be marketed as a "second car" for the family. The problem was that creating the tooling to manufacture an all-new design was extremely expensive. So in a strange twist, Nash looked to England where small cars were the norm. British car body manufacturer Fisher & Ludlow supplied the body. Mechanical components were sourced from Austin who also did the final assembly.
In other words, the Metropolitan was an American-designed car marketed exclusively in North America that was completely manufactured and assembled in England. Even so, it was fairly successful with almost 95,000 being sold. This car is 1 of 13,095 built in 1954.