Billed as the ‘British car to beat the world’ when it was launched amid a barrage of flag-waving patriotism in 1980, the Metro initially sold like hot cakes, and seemed like the light at the end of a very long tunnel for BL. In fact, it was more like a grown-up Mini than a brave new start, but the older car’s charm added to the Metro’s homespun appeal. Survival rate is low due to rust, apathy and its suitability as an engine donor for Minis, but values are still laughably low for all but the mintest examples. Not the best small car of its era, but certainly one of the most intriguing.
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