An enthusiast pampered Rover Metro 1.3 L Clubman with just 21,320 miles
All steel unitary construction, laminated windscreen, twin door mirrors, locking fuel filler, two-tone moulded bumpers, colour coded grille, bodyside coachline and mouldings, tailgate tape, glass sunroof, styled halogen headlamps, twin rear fog lamps, front head restraints, colour coded front and rear seatbelts, colour keyed fascia and steering wheel, rear parcel shelf, floor mounted centre console, heated rear window, rear wash/wipe, cigar lighter, radio cassette. Factory options; 4 Speed automatic gearbox. Dealer options; Genuine Rover luggage compartment organiser, mudflaps
This unrestored example is without question one of the very best surviving Metro’s in existence. Finished in original Oyster Beige, (Code SMF), this enthusiast owned Metro L Clubman has covered a remarkable 21,320 miles from new and is preserved in exceptional condition. The paintwork boasts a wonderful polished shine and uniform finish, and all panels are pin straight. With many Metro’s having succumbed to the harshness of daily use and the elements in the 1980’s, it is a true delight to see original features such as factory spot welds to the rear arches and all decals being factory fitment. The supplying dealer fit number plates, tax disc holder and the ‘Metro Got Me Going’ rear screen sticker are all present! Only very close scrutiny will reveal light touched in markings, utterly insignificant and barely worthy of mention. The front and rear light clusters and rear fog lamps are factory fitment with the Austin logo to the lenses.
The Metro L Clubman was factory built to a high specification and trimmed to a typical Rover level of plush refinement. A testament to the incredible low mileage, the Zenith Fabric seats in the Mink colour scheme, (Code LNK), remain in pristine condition with no damage or wear whatsoever. The plump carpets have been protected by the original rubber Metro mats and even a second set of luxury Rover carpet mats! All interior trim is as new and could almost convince you that you are in a 1989 Austin Rover showroom! The immaculate boot area has a rubber boot protector and the almost impossible to find Rover luggage compartment organiser.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The legendary and time proven A-Series engine of 1275cc displacement needs no introduction. Producing an ample 62bhp, this sedate Metro offers a relaxed driving experience with a top speed of 90mph and 0-60 in 16.0 seconds. The engine bay is spotlessly clean with factory plates, stickers and panel stampings clearly visible. The factory optional four-speed automatic transmission operates exactly as it should.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Factory standard pressed steel wheels remain fitted and are dressed with the original full-width wheel trims which are as new. Highly sought-after Dunlop TD SP Elite 160/65 R315 tyres retain plenty of tread and good rubber condition and the spare wheel is shod in the unused Michelin TDXE tyre with coloured banding still visible. Alongside the spare wheel is the complete toolkit and paint touch up pen in their holders along with the original jack. The dual line servo-assisted brakes with ventilated front discs pull the car up quickly and safely.
Registered new on 9th November 1989 by Austin Rover Main Dealer, Quicks Parkside of Coventry, this cherished Metro has covered an exceptionally low 21,320 miles from new! The first owner, Mrs Jessica Arnold, paid a purchase price of £7,350.00 as detailed on the original Quicks Parkside purchase invoice in the history file. The car resided at its home in Coventry for the first 21 years with Mrs Arnold and then a Mr Ronald Taylor of the same address. In 2011, the car was purchased by Metro fanatic, Mr Jason Barnes, who kept the car garaged alongside his collection of classic cars including a Ford Anglia. Both the car and Jason are well known within the Metro Owners Club community and in particular this car is highly regarded to a renowned and much respected Metro Guru, Tom Morley, owner of a number of multiple concours winning cars, (including two Metro’s). In 2013 it was on the Metro Club Stand at the NEC and in 2018 it was awarded Best Mk2 at Club Awards.
The history file contains a large folder of neatly filed service invoices as well as virtually every MOT certificate dating back to the first in 1992. The full book pack including the service book is present. The extensive service history fully verifies the mileage and offers an insight to the maintenance this car has enjoyed. Completing the history file are utterly brilliant ‘Metro Gets you Going’ mug, merchandise brochure and Austin Rover ‘Individual Choice’ collection brochure along with four sets of keys.
With Metro’s fast becoming a symbol of the era and increasingly collectable, this pampered example is without question one of the best in existence.
MOT March 2021, HPI Clear.
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