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Austin Metropolitan 1953–1961

  • The Austin Metropolitans made before 1960 were best suited to driving on a set of 5.20 x 13 Dunlop Goldseal, however, these are no longer available, and the 5.20 x 13 Camac is the only available tyre in this exact size.
  • Although not exactly the same size as the 5.20x13, our suggested tyre for the pre-1960 Austin Metropolitans is the 145HR13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67, being of the highest quality and offering the best driving experience.
  • After 1960 the car moved from a 520 - 13 size to a 560 - 13, meaning tyres like the 5.60 x 13 Camac could fit.
  • However, a much better driving experience and tyre lifetime is afforded with set of 155R13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67 or 155 HR 13 Michelin XAS FF tyres.
  • If you owned a pre-1960 Metropolitan and desired larger radial tyres, the 155R13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67 is our recommended tyre.
  • The Metropolitan came from an era before tubeless wheels were commonplace; innertubes are required for these wheels to function.
  • Longstone suggests that the Michelin 13CG is the ideal 145R13 innertube.
  • 155R13 tyres would best fit a Michelin 13D innertube.

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History of the Austin Metropolitan

Though it was never badged as an Austin, the Metropolitan was built and developed by Austin between 1954 and 1956 for Nash in America who wanted a small car to sell on the American market. The vehicle, with its American design, was sold in the UK beginning in 1957, in both hardtop and convertible forms. It had a 1489cc engine instead of the standard 1200cc engine and a three-speed gearbox, which was uncommon since it was originally an A50 gearbox with the fourth slot sealed off.

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