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#1 longtimenomini

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Posted 10 April 2021 - 10:14 PM

Introducing the new member of the fleet.

After many months/ years of searching and a few ‘nearly s’ I have found this


4 owners
998 hle
26,000 miles
Opaline green ( slightly darker shade of opaline green on wings 🤣)
As original as it gets - including the 30 year old metric tyres that ... well let’s say thank god the seats are brown

Pics from ad ( fb marketplace) .... there is a story behind that for another time .... let’s skip to pics for now ( ps thank you to friend and neighbour for Finding this )

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Back at home

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Plans ? ..... oh very much so, just working through essentials at moment to get it safe and drive-able.

So let’s kick off the journey .....

#2 KTS

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Posted 10 April 2021 - 10:21 PM

That looks to be in remarkably good condition - great find!

#3 Anthony30

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Posted 10 April 2021 - 10:48 PM

I've been eying up a green metro vdp. wish I could afford to buy it. :(



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Posted 10 April 2021 - 11:23 PM

looks really nice, i wish i had bought metro instead of a mini... good luck with it!



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Posted 11 April 2021 - 12:58 AM

Nice Find !

Mine's a HLE, a 1980 Model, Originally Silver.



#6 MikeRotherham

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Posted 11 April 2021 - 07:09 AM

I love the mark1 especially the interior. I think that the dash could have been easily adapted for the mini had Austin Rover so wished.

 

I preferred the flush headlamps I could only afford the versions with recessed headlamps at the time.



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Posted 11 April 2021 - 08:46 AM

Lovely.
My dad had an opaline green Sd1, always liked the colour.

#8 longtimenomini

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Posted 11 April 2021 - 08:52 AM

Thanks all .

Loads to do ( if anyone has a set of pepperpots
drop me a line )

For those with metros ... is the n/s wing mirror the same size and fitment the same as a mk2 / 5 door ?

Looking to fit an extra wing mirror ( the car will be used and need that extra ‘help’)

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#9 longtimenomini

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Posted 11 April 2021 - 08:59 AM

Oh yes and ....

Will the rear shocks off a mini fit/ be suitable for fronts of metro?

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Posted 11 April 2021 - 09:09 AM

Nice find. Im a fan of the metro still. Not many left now. 

 

I have a set of Turbo rear seats that are taking up space in my garage. Yours for free if you want them and can collect. 



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Posted 11 April 2021 - 09:37 AM

I think the mirrors are the same for 3 and 5 door.  Oddly yours looks to have the later mirrors which I didn't think came in until '86

(I have a NOS GAM229A driver's side mirror, which is listed as '83 onwards.  Its fixing is similar to a Mini in that it screws to the door skin).


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Posted 11 April 2021 - 09:38 AM

Absolutely love that.  I'm a big fan of the Metro, always was.  They were good fun then, but now compared to a boring modern car I'd imagine they're really terrific fun.  That one has the slightly bigger wheels, doesn't it?  The very early ones looked like they were on casters.

 

My memories are of my Aunt's MG Metro's - she had 3 in a row.  An early pale blue metallic one, then one from about 86/87 that was all-white, then another in 89 that was silvery-gold with the big MG logo in feint silver along the bottom - that was my favourite I think. The main thing I remember is the smell!  They all leaked (up here in the West of Scotland) and they all smelt of stale, damp carpeting - there was usually a puddle in the spare wheel well.   Then my great-aunt had a Metro Automatic - almost identical to yours, but without the rear spoiler.  Then my Mum had a later 94 1.4Si which really was night & day, felt so modern... thats the Metro that nearly tempted me away from Minis, but didn't manage it!



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Posted 11 April 2021 - 04:55 PM

Absolutely love that.  I'm a big fan of the Metro, always was.  They were good fun then, but now compared to a boring modern car I'd imagine they're really terrific fun.  That one has the slightly bigger wheels, doesn't it?  The very early ones looked like they were on casters.
 
My memories are of my Aunt's MG Metro's - she had 3 in a row.  An early pale blue metallic one, then one from about 86/87 that was all-white, then another in 89 that was silvery-gold with the big MG logo in feint silver along the bottom - that was my favourite I think. The main thing I remember is the smell!  They all leaked (up here in the West of Scotland) and they all smelt of stale, damp carpeting - there was usually a puddle in the spare wheel well.   Then my great-aunt had a Metro Automatic - almost identical to yours, but without the rear spoiler.  Then my Mum had a later 94 1.4Si which really was night & day, felt so modern... thats the Metro that nearly tempted me away from Minis, but didn't manage it!


Busy metro life there

I’ve not been tempted away .... call it lateral love

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Posted 11 April 2021 - 04:56 PM

Nice find. Im a fan of the metro still. Not many left now. 
 
I have a set of Turbo rear seats that are taking up space in my garage. Yours for free if you want them and can collect.

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Posted 11 April 2021 - 04:56 PM

I think the mirrors are the same for 3 and 5 door.  Oddly yours looks to have the later mirrors which I didn't think came in until '86
(I have a NOS GAM229A driver's side mirror, which is listed as '83 onwards.  Its fixing is similar to a Mini in that is screws to the door skin).


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