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#1 mab01uk

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Posted 06 June 2019 - 06:39 AM

Fancy a Metro in time for its 40th birthday in 2020? Here’s the AROnline guide to what to look out for…

https://www.aronline...austinmg-metro/

 



#2 Ethel

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Posted 06 June 2019 - 08:51 AM

Is it rust  O_O



#3 rich_959

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Posted 06 June 2019 - 09:00 AM

I believe the thing to look out for is......  a Metro badge    >_<


Edited by rich_959, 06 June 2019 - 09:01 AM.


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Posted 06 June 2019 - 11:42 AM

Launch year 1980 models become MOT and tax exempt next year....



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Posted 07 June 2019 - 03:37 PM

Alot of cars seem to get better with age, their looks become retro and appealing.

 

Not the Metro, thats still an ugly little spud.



#6 mab01uk

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 05:08 PM

A couple of photos I took in the paddock at the Brands Hatch British Grand Prix (17th July 1982) of the Datapost Group A Turbo Metros racing on the day in the GP support races, running in the RAC British Saloon Car Championship and driven by Richard Longman & Alan Curnow.

More racing Metros in this old TMF thread here:-

http://www.theminifo...allenge-photos/

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#7 A-Cell

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 09:51 PM

I consider the Metro my baby. Although there were a lot of people involved in it as the project engineer for small car development from 1976 through to the launch all my days (and many nights and weekends) were spent developing and testing the Metro.
Many of them are no longer with us. I remember them with pride.
We were all incredibly proud of our achievements when it was launched on 8th October 1980.
Remember it was changed from a smaller mini replacement, the ADO 88 to the larger LC8 in 1978.
An all new car, new engine, new factory. Pressure from unions, political intervention.
It was no 1 best seller in UK in its time. Actually sold extremely well in Europe, particularly France.
Things were very different 40 years ago. I like to think that just as we were standing on the shoulders of the industry giants that went before us, so too today's vehicle design, development, testing and manufacturing continues to evolve.
i would say this but I think it was a success in its time.

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 09:09 AM

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 09:31 AM

I think the Metty was one of the best looking small hatches of the early 80's.

 

What was better:

 

 

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Posted 09 June 2019 - 02:55 PM

I'd say the mk1 fiesta. Only because a friend had one so I grew fond of them. Then I had a mk1 sandpiper 2. It was half brown half gold and one of my favourite cars I've owned.

I want to get another one day especially a skinny bumpered one

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 12:38 AM

Look killer with a 6r4 kit

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 10:58 AM

I'd say the mk1 fiesta. 

 

 

or the Civic, the CVCC had some pretty nifty lean burn stuff on the engine.

or the 205, which was awesome

or the Honda CRX

 

 

Look killer with a 6r4 kit

 

Behave yourself



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Posted 25 June 2019 - 02:29 PM

My driving instructor had an original Civic, like the one in my post above. It was a nice car, but the styling was a bit fussy.

The CRX and 205 are later designs than the Metty.



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Posted 22 July 2019 - 09:27 PM

Is it rust  O_O

 

Maybe I've been lucky?



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Posted 23 July 2019 - 08:15 AM

 

Is it rust  O_O

 

Maybe I've been lucky?

 

Or maybe it's because it's dryer and hotter than a paint booth in yer backyard!






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