Tuesday, July 14, 2009

1983 MG Metro MK 1

$12,000.00 for a Metro?
This is one of those situations where scarcity and a legendary name dictates the price.

The Metro was supposed to be the replacement for the Mini. It shared some parts with the Mini. Nobody, with maybe the exception of GM, badge engineered cars like BL did. The Metro was sold as the Austin Metro, MG Metro, Metro Vanden Plas, Rover Metro and eventually the Rover 100. Whew.

The MG Metro was the sportier version of the Metro. Although using the same tried and true 1275cc engine as the Austin, changes in the cam profile and cylinder head meant the MG could reach 60 MPH in 10.1 seconds and had a top speed of over 100 MPH.(At one point there was an MG Metro Turbo available and that reached 60 MPH in 8.9 seconds. There was also a mid engined MG 6R4 rally car. Like the R5 Turbo was to Renault, it was really a unique car that only bore a passing resemblance to the car it was based on.)

The Metro was a huge seller in Great Britain, with well over a million cars being sold during its 14 year run.

None of that really matters when talking about a Metro in the US. There just aren't many. I've been to literally hundreds of car shows in my life and have yet to see one in the flesh.

Back in May, I posted a Metro that was for sale in Washington. While not quite as nice as this one, it was a well presented driver. The Buy It Now price was $5000.00. To the best of my knowledge, it didn't sell.

Is this one worth $7000.00 more? Tough call. From the description and pictures, it appears to be as nice of a Metro as you'll find anywhere. The body and interior look perfect. The Minilite wheels really dress up the car. It's won awards at car shows. This is a turnkey Metro, one you could buy today and win an award at your local car show tomorrow.

A quick (admittedly very quick) search for MG Metros for sale in the UK, turned up no listings. They are apparently getting hard to find. (They are rust prone.)

For $12,000.00 you can buy any number of cool old British cars. Many will be better looking and more fun to drive. Most will have better parts support in the US. Few, though, will have the exclusivity that a Metro has in the US. That may make this car worth every penny of the asking price.

Click here to see the eBay listing for this 1983 MG Metro

Click here to see a short article on the MG Metro.


ali g said...

booyakasha! dis be da envy of all da west stains massiv. respek.

Richard said...

Interesting bit of trivia, the engine in the Jaguar XJ220 is based on the engine in the Metro 6R4!

There will be even less MG Metro Turbo's kicking around as typically in the UK, you'd pull the engine and stick it in a Mini. For such a high production run I am amazed there are so few left.

The Metro wasn't all that bad, my mum had the Rover Metro 100, I think it was a 96, and even though the design was dated, it never let her down. Sad that it was eventually replaced by the City Rover which was a very poor effort.

I'd say if this was a nice retro 80's Turbo it would be well worth the asking price, but since its just the plain old 1275cc, just seems a bit high in price. Then again, its probably the best example you will ever see....

Just A Car Geek said...

That's great! I forgot about Ali G and his R5 turbo...