Picture gallery : Austin Metro

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

A selection of Metro photos which appeared in BL’s and Austin Rover’s sales brochures and press photos.

Action shot of a 1981 Metro 1.3S in Primula Yellow.

Launch photo for the Metro 1.3S.

Lower-end models, like this 1.0L, made do with recessed headlamps.

1981 Metro 1.3 Automatic: not an option, but a model in its own right.

The Metro Vanden Plas, as introduced in 1982. This was effectively a belated repalcement for the Allegro-based Vanden Plas 1500.

A 1.0HLE dating from the summer of 1985, featuring the newly-introduced revised front-end styling and metric ‘TD’ wheels.

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

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Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
Keith Adams


  1. I really, really miss my Mk 1 Austin Metro City 1.0L. The British Leyland gearbox whine, the squeaky suspension, even the stiff clutch pedal. It was a nightmare sometimes but I wish I still had it as a second car.

  2. No other car in he world has had so many changers to the design during its life.Early models had an incredible short life on some components.Every version made were a delight to drive and had that special quality thats hard to discribe.The lovely doors(three door),that windscreen and far away dash.My favorites are 1984 mg tubo with that sexy boost gauge,1980 1300hls,and the rover metro carb cat 1100’s’.

  3. I have only been in a Metro once, and that was a then-brand new 1985 model which was a rental car. Bouncy ride and awful refinement were my memories and that was then, that wretched gearbox whine which was from a 1950s-technology powertrain. Remember being in a contemporary Fiesta from the same period and it was in a totally different league (given it was nowhere near the state of the art supermini at the time either!)

  4. As a young bobby in Derbyshire in 1981, I was horrified when our Mk II Escorts were ‘retired’ and we were given bog-standard 1.0 3-door Metros to replace them. I’m 6’2″, my mate was 6′ 5″, we looked ridiculous hauling ourselves out of such a small car, and even more ridiculous when attempting to load a prisoner into the back. The switch for the blue light was in the boot! Our bosses didn’t want us ‘driving like idiots’ to incidents, so we were only supposed to use blues once we’d arrived. No recliners either, so it was difficult to get comfy. Grumbles aside, the handling was a revelation compared to the Escorts….but we really should have had something bigger!

  5. I also will give a 1988 Metro a second life in Belgium.
    It is in excellent condition and only has 58.000 Kilometers.
    I’ll convert it to an electric car as a prototype for the electric components. Click on the blog and follow if you like.
    It is in dutch but on the youtube movies I’ll be speaking in English.

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