A 1984 MG Metro Turbo will be offered at Silverstone Auction’s Race Retro classic car sale on 25-26 February at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.
With just 7317 miles on the clock, a 33 year-old MG Metro Turbo will capture the attention of enthusiasts, and while it doesn’t have the cult following of other 1980s models like the Peugeot 205 GTI, the rarity of such a car brings its own appeal.
With only two owners and multiple concours wins to its name, this hot hatch is set to cross the auction block, with a pre-sale estimate of £16,000 to £20,000.
Emerging from the MG factory as part of the first run of Metro Turbos, the car was specified in a unique, special factory order colour scheme. This extended to matching white colour-coded body panels, wiper arms, mirror and grille. This was paired with a cloth grey interior, with streaks of red for a racier vibe. Such was the appreciation for this colour combination that it became standard on the mk2 generation.
With Lotus Engineering Race Technology as benefactors to the Turbo’s development, it went on sale with a raft of performance modifications over the standard car. A Garrett turbo was strapped to the 1275cc engine – which retained a single Solex carburettor.
Starting production a year after the unhinged icon – the MG Metro 6R4 Group B rally car
– the Metro Turbo looked to draw on the cult hero’s huge fan following. No doubt this pristine example will have a sea of pursuers looking to crystallise the memory of 6R4 behind the wheel of the minute Metro.
This particular MkI version has led a pampered life, spending time in professional storage before changing hands, subsequently winning two car-club Concours d'Elegance events. A file containing all historic documentation details, a full service history and MoT certificates since the car left the showroom floor are all included.
There will be plenty of other collectible metal up for grabs at the auction. Likely to attract similar customers is another hot hatch, the 1981 Lotus Sunbeam will be offered with an estimate of £15,000-£18,000. One of only 500 South African built V8 Ford Capris will be a coveted lot too.