A collection of rare engineering blueprints for all generations of the Austin-Rover Metro, plus its stillborn Indonesian spin-off and a proposed Zagato-styled saloon variant of the Rover 100, have appeared for sale on eBay.
The collection, which is being offered for sale by a classic car specialist in Birmingham, allegedly contains enough information to start up a full Metro production line, including blueprints of all components, body-in-white tooling, factory production line layouts, plus all the programming code to operate the robots.
A fascinating, if somewhat curious, find – all we need now is some ridiculously wealthy philanthropist to buy the lot and start building Metros for us again… I have a fairly big back garden if needs be.
A serial impulsive car purchaser, Craig has had his name on over 200 V5s over the past 20 years. 10 per cent of those have been either 800s or Austin Allegros, with between 10 and 20 cars usually owned at any one time. Started out as a local newspaper journalist then worked for car mags including Auto Express, Classic Car Weekly and Land Rover Owner. Worked inside the car industry for a decade as an employee of General Motors, now works for a news distribution agency. Home based, which is dangerously convenient for further irrational heap purchases. Lover of all makes of car since childhood, with a particular leaning towards Austin-Rover... Father of three boys, so hoping to spread the car love. Other passions include rugby union, travelling and eating out.