Lot 153 - 1983 Austin Metro Vanden Plas

Lot 153 - 1983 Austin Metro Vanden Plas

Lot 153 - 1983 Austin Metro Vanden Plas

Lot Number 153
Registration VUX 777Y
Chassis Number SAXXBRND1BD674835
Engine Number 015141012H907AA
Odometer reading 19,750 miles
Result Sold - £3,920
  • Ex James Hull collection
  • Time warp condition
  • MoT exempt

The Metro is a supermini car, later, a city car that was produced by British Leyland and later, the Rover Group from 1980 to 1998. It was launched in 1980 as the Austin Mini Metro. It was intended to complement and eventually replace the Mini and was developed under the codename LC8. The Metro was named by What Car magazine as ‘Car of The Year’ 1983 as an MG, and again as the Rover Metro in 1991. During its 18-year lifespan the Metro wore many names; Austin Metro, MG Metro and Rover Metro. It was rebadged as the Rover 100 series in December 1994.

First registered on 3rd March 1983 and having just celebrated its 40th birthday, this incredible time warp example has covered a mere 19,750 miles from new. Having been part of the James Hull collection, our vendor purchased the car due to the unique nature of the Vanden Plas specification which brought a plush luxury finish to what is usually a basic small family hatchback, much like the Radford minis. The 'Raschelle' woven velvet upholstery is in incredible condition and all plastics are unsurprisingly as new, the car on the whole feels every bit of its low mileage and collector status. Powered by the 'A' series 1275cc 60bhp engine with a four-speed all-synchromesh manual gearbox, this example is a real delight and no slouch either!

Guide Price £5,000 - £7,000

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