Appearing on eBay like a bolt from the blue, this little red bundle of joy looks like one of the most desirable Metro-shaped packages you’re going to find for sale this year. The Frazer-Tickford Metro is one of that whole raft of modified Metros that went on sale in the months following the launch of the original in 1980, and in many ways preceded the current move to premium small cars, loaded with equipment.
Launched in 1981, and packing a price tag of £12,600, the Frazer-Tickford Metro came with a handsome bodykit, bespoke interior and a mildly tuned version of the A-Plus, initially pushing out 80bhp. More followed as MG Turbo-based versions were built, but it was the original that really had the most appeal.
The description tells you all you need to know: ‘This Frazer-Tickford Metro is number 15 of 26 made. I purchased this as a bit of a wreck and have brought it almost back to life. I have done all the welding to the floorpans, replaced the wrecked engine with a 38,000 mile one from an MG Metro – and the calipers, discs etc are all new.’
Above and beyond that, it comes with Minilites, a new rear exhaust and a healthy drivetrain. A nice winter project to finish off for Metro-lovers, and a bit of specialist manufacturer history, too!
Check out eBay, and if you’re feeling flamboyant, go and bid on this!
(Thanks for the tip, Dale Turley)
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