Austin Metro City X 1.0 3dr - As NewPetrol, Manual, Flame Red, 16,833 miles



  • Body: Hatchback
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Mileage: 16,833
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Registered: 1989 (G)
  • Doors: 3
  • Engine Size: 1.0

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 an earlier attempted replacement, the Mini Clubman.

The Metro was a smart, modern, 3 door hatchback body with split folding rear seats, now of course a common feature. Mechanically, the Metro made do with the front wheel drive A Series engine and Hudrogas suspension.
During its life, many Metro variants were offered including MG, Vanden Plas and Commercial vehicles. The Metro moved with the changing faces of british Leyland, Austin – Rover and later BMW owned Rover. 3 and 5 door versions were produced and an improved family of engines were fitted in later Metro and Rover 100 models. Production of the Metro ceased in 1998.

Our car, a 1989 Austin Metro City X has a mileage of 16,833 and is immaculate in every respect. Finished in original Flame Red with Flint grey cloth trim the car is totally original other than the colour coded bumpers which the previous enthusiast owner purchased new from Rover in 2008 to 'brighten' his pride and joy up a little. The car still retains the original supplying dealer (Days of Chelmsford) registration number plates and rear window sticker. In the past 9 years the said owner has cherished the car and has covered less than 1,000 miles, sometimes less than 100 miles a year have been enjoyed.

The comprehensive service history shows it has been serviced every year even with such low mileage - by the look of the car, it certainly has been polished more than driven!

The car is such a blast from the past. Being a City X, it was close to the 'poverty' model and the specification was rather sparse - there was no glove box or cigar lighter not to mention electric windows or central locking - although a Phillips radio (no cassette) and rear wash wipe are featured. This car hasn't been messed with and retains its original charm and it must be amongst the nicest cars out there without doubt.

With the car is the aforementioned history file with details of previous owners. All MOT certificates from 2001 (when the car had covered 4,100 miles) to current are also present as are the original handbooks, spare keys, spare wheel and tool kit. Also with the car to pass on to the new keeper is a pen drive with a lovely collection of detailed photographs taken over the past 9 years.

All in all, this young classic is extremely well presented and is becoming a rare sight on the roads nowadays in any condition never mind one as nice as this! I would say that if you were to show the car it should deservedly win best in class for condition and originality anywhere in the country.

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