1980-1990, 758218 produced.
Hatchback,3 doors,4 seats
Hatchback,5 doors,4 seats
The most talked about car of 1980 made its public debut amongst much media attention, the Austin Metro. Billed as the replacement for the ageing Mini which, despite first being seen in 1959 outlived both the Metro and earlier "replacement", the Clubman.
The Metro featured a smart, modern, three door hatchback body with revolutionary "split-folding rear seats" now a common feature. Mechanically the Metro made do with the front wheel drive A-series engine (now in A-plus format) and Hydragas suspension.
There were many variants of the Metro, including commercial, Vanden Plas and MG versions. The Metro moved with the changing faces of BL/Austin-Rover and later BMW owned Rover. Three and five door Metros were built and an improved family of engines were fitted in later Metro and "Rover 100" models. Practical Classics Spring 2009 - Featuring Buyers Guide Austin & MG Metro 1980-1990. Click Here to view in our shop.
|1275cc||S4 OHV||BMC A-Series||70.61mm x 81.3mm|
|Drivetrain||Steering||Front Suspension||Rear Suspension|
Buying guide - Austin & MG Metro (1980-1990)
|Publication||Practical Classics Spring 2009|
|Buying guide - Austin & MG Metro- They're going fast, so bag a really good one while you can.|
Group Test - Urban Classics - High street heroes
|Publication||Classics Monthly January 2011|
|Group Test - Urban Classics - High street heroes - Want a cheap urban runaround that'll cost pennies to run? look no further...Austin metro, Citroen Visa, Fiat 127.|
Buying Power - Metro
|Publication||Classic Car Weekly 16 February 2006|
|Buying Power - Metro - The car that saved Austin Rover? Well, at least for a little while. Early Metros are now emerging as great starter classics, the last small all-British car. RICHARD GUNN guides you through buying one.|