American Motors, Nash, Hudson & Metropolitan
Charles W. Nash left General Motors in 1916. He and James Storrow then bought the T. B. Jeffery Co., the makers of the Jeffery automobile. In July Nash and James Storrow formed the Nash Motors Comapny. Jeffery cars were still built for a while. The first new "Nash" cars appeared in 1918. The Nash name continued to appear on new cars until 1957.
The LaFayette Motor Company was originally an independant company started in 1919 by Charles Nash and others. They introduced their first model in 1921. By 1924 LaFayette was history as an indepenant auto maker. Among the models the offered over the years were touring cars, roadsters, coupes and sedans.
The LaFayette name would reappear in 1934 as basically a less expensive car in the Nash family, but marketed under it's own name untill 1937. In 1938 LaFayette became a series in the Nash line up. 1940 was the last year for the LaFayette series.
Roy D. Chapin and other former Olds Motor Works men were instrumental in forming the Hudson which hit the roads in mid 1909. An interesting side note is where the name Hudson came from. It came from Joeseph L. Hudson who put up a pile of money and who also owned the Hudson Department store in Detroit.
Among the most outstanding Hudsons were the 1948 models featuring a "step Down" floor that allowed the car to be lower and more streamlined. By 1951, still using the streamlined step down design, Hudsons were winning Nascar events.
The last year for the Hudson name on a new car was 1957. Hudson and Nash had merged in 1954 to form American motors.
In 1932 the Terraplane name appeared on an Essex model. In 1933 the Terraplane name replaced the Essex name entirely.
After the Nash and Hudson names were discontinued in 1957 the Rambler name was applied to AMC cars until 1969. AMC continued building cars until late 1987 when it was taken over by the Chrysler Corporation.
The Metroploitan was a very small 4 passenger car that came as a coupe or convertible. It was manufactured by the british Austin in England.
Early Mets carried either the Nash Metropolitan or Hudson Metropolitan name. Beginning with the 1958 models they were simply called Metropolitans.
Enjoy these pictures of some great old antique and classic cars. Perhaps you'll find a Nash or Hudson that will stir your own fond memories!
Most of these photos were taken at local classic car shows, which is always a great way to spend a day.
Enjoy these Antique, Classic and Special Interest Collector Car Pictures.
1950 - 1959 AMC, Nash and Hudson Pictures
1960 = 1969 AMC Pictures
1970 and later AMC Pictures
1971 AMC Hornet SC 360 - amc_7101 / amc_7101