A pair of extremely rare Metros are to go under the hammer in a month’s time, in the first of 2015’s Anglia Car Auctions classic sales.
The Metros, both of which come from the same private collection, are to be offered at the ACA sale on Saturday, January 31, 2015 – and, although neither has an MoT, they both appear to be well worth preserving.
The oldest, and probably rarest, is the 1981 Metro S finished in Snapdragon Yellow, with curiously contrasting green seat trim. On the downside, the car hasn’t been MoT’d since 2012, and is also registered on V-CAR as a Category C Insurance write off, recorded in 2005. The minor damage visible to the rear bumper could have been enough to have deemed it an unviable repair a decade ago, when Metro values were much lower, so provided the rest of it checks out okay, this could turn out to be a cracking buy, and an extremely rare car.
Incidentally, if the eventual winner turns out to be an AROnline reader, then please drop me a line ([email protected]), as among the pile of BL-related tat in my lock up, I think I might just have a pair of NOS Metro-branded mudflaps that match the one that’s gone AWOL…
On the plus side, the car is reported to have covered just 13,000-miles from new, and looking at the condition of the bodywork, under-bonnet and interior, that seems perfectly believable.
The newer of the two Metros is also a real rarity – a 1985 C-plated MG in red, with 33,000 recorded miles.
It reportedly comes with the original bill of sale and stacks of history, and while it, too, is without an MoT, the ticket only expired in November 2014, so it shouldn’t take a huge amount of effort to get it through another one.
Both of the Metros are being offered without reserve, and form part of an 18-car collection that also includes a number of rare and encouragingly ordinary Fords that are bound to attract plenty of attention on the day.
Other vehicles that will appeal to AROnline fans include a Sandglow Morris Marina 1.3, the usual mattering of MGs and Jaguars, and a Leyland Olympian open-top bus, if you have the space…
A full sale preview will appear on AROnline closer to the time, but for now you can preview the current ACA catalogue here.