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Old 07-08-2016, 08:40 AM
 
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Watching some old Wheeler Dealer episodes got me thinking about this. England had the Austin Mini, Germany had the VW Beetle, Italy had the FIAT 500, & France had the Citroen 2CV. Did any American car companies during this time period offer a car of similar size and function?
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Old 07-08-2016, 08:44 AM
 
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The Crosley.








And the Nash metropolitan:





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Old 07-08-2016, 08:47 AM
 
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Also, compacts such as the Ford Falcon, Chevy II, and Corvair in the early '60s were designed to be direct competitors to the Beetle.


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Old 07-08-2016, 08:50 AM
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The Chevrolet Corvair was sold from 1959 to 1969. It was a compact.
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Old 07-08-2016, 09:03 AM
 
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The Crosley.








And the Nash metropolitan:




I'd never seen nor heard of these two models. Looked them up after you posted and the Metropolitan had an Austin engine and was built in Europe.
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Old 07-08-2016, 09:04 AM
 
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Also, compacts such as the Ford Falcon, Chevy II, and Corvair in the early '60s were designed to be direct competitors to the Beetle.

These two were freaking HUGE compared to cars like the Beetle and Mini
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Old 07-08-2016, 09:06 AM
 
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I had a 1960 Metropolitan. It was built in England. It was a fine little car and was very successful, it's best sales year was 1959. Unfortunately it was not updated enough and was discontinued in the 1962 model year.

It was available as a Nash or Hudson Metropolitan until 1957, then it just became the Metropolitan.
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Old 07-08-2016, 09:22 AM
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These two were freaking HUGE compared to cars like the Beetle and Mini

They were much smaller than full size sedans being produced at the time. These American compacts were about 180 inches vs a full size 1965 Chevy Impala at 213 inches, 1965 Dodge Coronet at 209 inches and a Ford Custom at 210 inches.
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Old 07-08-2016, 10:35 AM
 
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These two were freaking HUGE compared to cars like the Beetle and Mini

Actually not that much bigger or heavier than the Beetle, and yes, they were in fact direct competitors. THen they grew over the course of the '60s and the Pinto and Vega were introduced to do that battle.


And calling the Nash a European car is like calling the Camry an American car. It's not, even though it's built here.
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Old 07-08-2016, 03:11 PM
 
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Nobody remembers The King Midget?


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