Mini Metro Mark 1 NO Reserve Auction Classic Mini Metro values are rising
Sale price: £550.00 make an offer
Last update: 30.09.2016
Seller's notes: Good Original Condition requires restoration.
Sale type: Fixed price listing
Sale type: Fixed price listing
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Mini Metro Mark 1 NO Reserve Auction Classic Mini Metro values are rising for sale
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During its 18-year lifespan. the Metro wore many names: Austin Metro. MG Metro and Rover Metro. It was re-badged as the Rover 100 series in January 1995.
At the time of its launch. the Metro was sold under the Austin brand. From 1982. MG versions became available. During 1987. the car lost the Austin name. and was sold simply as the Metro. From 1990 until its withdrawal in 1997. the Metro was sold only as a Rover.
On 8 October 1980. BL introduced the Austin mini Metro. The roots of the Metro lay in an earlier project denoted as ADO88 (Amalgamated Drawing Office. 88-inch wheelbase). which was intended to be a direct replacement for the Mini. However. poor reception to the ADO88 design at customer clinics. coupled to the realization within BL that Mini-sized cars were evolving into larger "superminis". such as the Ford Fiesta. Fiat 127. Renault 5 and Volkswagen Polo. forced a major reappraisal of the project after 1975.  In late 1977. ADO88 was given an eleventh hour redesign. to make it both larger and less utilitarian in appearance. whilst the Mini itself would now remain in production in smaller numbers alongside it as a budget entry-level model. The revised project was given the new designator LC8 (Leyland Cars No8). and the definitive Metro design would ultimately emerge under the leadership of BL's chief stylists David Bache and Harris Mann.
Plans for a replacement for the Mini had been afoot within BL since the early 1970s. but none of the concepts conceived got beyond the initial design stages. largely due to a shortage of funds at British Leyland. and its eventual bankruptcy and government bail-out in 1975. Following the Ryder Report. which prioritized the ADO88/LC8 project. Longbridge would be expanded in 1978 with a £200m robotised body assembly line (known as the "New West Works") to enable it to produce the new model which it was hoped would sell 100. 00 or more units a year in Britain alone; production of the smaller Mini and larger Allegro was also pruned back to enable the plant to produce as many units of the Metro as possible.
Some of the Mini's underpinnings were carried over into the Metro. namely the 998 cc and 1275 cc A-Series engines. much of the front-wheel drivetrain and four-speed manual gearbox. and suspension subframes. The Metro used the Hydragas suspension system found on the Allegro but without front to rear interconnection. The hatchback body shell was one of the most spacious of its time and this was a significant factor in its popularity. Initially. the Metro was sold as a three-door hatchback only (as were most of its competitors). with a choice of 998cc (1. 0 litre) or 1275cc (1. 3-litre) petrol engines.
The Austin Metro was a huge seller in Britain. with more than 1 million being sold over a 10-year production run.
This Mini Metro was a real barn find. It requires full restoration. Values are on the rise and would prove to be an excellent investment
Keys have been lost.
For further information . call or text 07481 865353 anytime.
On acceptance of best offer winning bidder to contact me via phone 07481. 865353 and pay £100 deposit via PayPal within 1 hour of Auction ending.
Remainder cash on collection. Collection within 3 days after won an sold. I know of transport companies (third party) so can assist with delivery anywhere in Europe.
All the very best.
Would make a great donor vehicle for a 6R4 project as its in good original condition .
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