There’s a lid for every pot, as the saying goes. And we’re rather hoping you might be the ‘lid’ that saves this low-mileage Metro from being recycled into pots, pans or – heaven forfend – a new Mini. Based in Sussex its whole life, still bearing the original supplying dealer’s plates and sticker and now stored in a heated, dehumidified barn alongside some far more aristocratic British kit, this 38,000-mile, five-door 1.0L has covered just 38,000 miles since 1985.
It hasn’t been used on the road in nearly a decade, but brief runs on the farm where it now lives reveal a tight mechanical package, and a (mostly) fresh interior. It has been in the same family almost from new, and its guardians would like to see it go to an enthusiastic new owner, rather than the cold embrace of the baler. That’s because there are ‘issues’: rot in the front valance, both front wings and the base of at least one door, and the headlining has partially collapsed.
If you’re interested in taking it on, a fuller set of pictures can be supplied so there are no surprises should you venture to the south coast to collect. Not that there’s anything you couldn’t fix with an enterprising attitude, basic skills and a long weekend. And the owners are sensible on value.
No sensible offer will be refused, and you can make it to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.