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Austin Metro (1980 - 1991)

Last updated 3 April 2013

Cheap and fun, familiar mechanical package
Rust, weird driving position
Updated 1 October 1984
Five-door Metros and the first facelift were unveiled

Limited development in the face of the onslaught of ‘Second Generation’ small cars would sum up the Metro’s life. Newly-installed design chief Roy Axe tweaked the styling of Early Metro, widening...

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Billed as the 'British car to beat the world' when it was launched amid a barrage of flag-waving patriotism in October 1980, the Metro initially sold like hot cakes, and seemed like the light at the end of a very long tunnel
for BL's embattled dealers.

In fact, it was more like a grown-up Mini than a brave new start, but the older car's charm added to the Metro's homespun appeal. Survival rate is low due to rust, apathy and its suitability as an engine donor for Minis, and values are still laughably low for all but the mintest examples.

Not the best small car of its era, but certainly one of the most intriguing.

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