An immaculate 1983 Metro will go under the hammer at next months CarFest South auction.
An 1983 Austin Metro Vanden Plas 500 with under 1000 miles clocked is heading for auction.
The Metro is a rare example of the model and the only one that will go under the hammer on August 29 at Classic Car Auctions CarFest South sale.
The car joins nearly 100 others in CCA’s sale, which takes place at 1979 F1 World Champion Jody Scheckter’s Laverstock Park Farm in Hampshire.
The Vanden Plas Metro is one of only 500 built, and is presented in black with a tan leather interior. It is believed to be one of only five left in the UK.
The car is sourced from the Birmingham-based Patrick Collection, near to where it was built in 1983 at Longbridge.
Since it left the Longbridge factory, ‘A500 VOJ’ has only ever had seals and its water pump replaced, and having spent many years in storage, will cross the auction block in brilliant condition.
Commenting on the car, Guy Lees-Milne, general manager, CCA, said: “It’s 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.”
Speaking to CCA about his car, the current owner said, “I doubt you will find another Metro like this in the world. I don’t even think that anyone has ever sat in the passenger seats! I really hope the new owner continues to cherish this amazing car for the future.”
Austin sold over 1.3 million Metro’s before 1994, to buyers including Princess Diana.