One of the rarest of all Austin Metro variants is set to go under the hammer during Classic Car Auctions Limited’s sale at Chris Evans’ CarFest South event next month – and it’s almost as new.
The 1983 Vanden Plas 500 has just 741 miles on the clock and will be offered with no reserve. Formerly part of the renowned Patrick Collection housed in Birmingham, it has seen very little road use, and is probably as close as you could find to a new example.
This car is the second of only 500 VP500s built and is believed to be one of only five left in the UK. The VP500 was introduced as a special run in 1983 to commemorate the 500,000th Metro to be built at Longbridge, and came with leather and alloy wheels as standard. All were finished in black, with a fine pinstripe.
Finished in factory black with tan leather seats, the car is in original condition and has been stored for a number of years. ‘A500 VOJ’ remains essentially as it was when it left the Longbridge factory in 1983. The only parts replaced on the car in its lifetime have been the seals and water pump.
Guy Lees-Milne, Classic Car Auctions General Manager, said, ‘It is a delight to be offering such a special British icon in our sale at CarFest. This is a unique opportunity to own an incredibly rare car, at no reserve, and this example is one to potentially bubble-wrap for the future.’
Certainly, it’d be difficult to determine what to do with the VP500 in this kind of condition, nor even determine its value. Last time it changed hands, with less than 700 miles on the clock, it went to a classic car dealer for £7000.
For more information on the car, visit Classic Car Auctions’ website.