1984 MG Metro Turbo
Uber rare turbocharged 1275cc MG Metro showing just 77,245 miles - a properly retro pocket rocket
Dating from April 1984 this quirky little 80’s hot hatch oozes the retro-boxy cool factor. Consider the recipe, take one lightweight 3-door hatch with the proven 1275cc A-series lump and add a turbo – the result, a big grin as you ride the turbo boost wave. The addition of the turbo to the MG Metro increased power from the regular 70bhp up to 93bhp with a similar hike in torque, enough to power it to 60mph in under 10 seconds. At the time of launch it had few competitors but that soon changed after this set the trend for the rest of the crew to arrive on the scene from Renault, Peugeot and Ford. The Turbo model featured prominent Turbo decals, alloy wheels, red seat belts, an LCD boost gauge, black wheel arch extensions and trim, vented front discs and rear window spoiler amongst other changes to help it stand out from the regular model and show it meant business. With our vendor for the past 5 years, the car has sat unused in his barn until recently when it was pulled out and given fresh fuel, new starter solenoid, new plugs and a new battery. We understand the car starts and runs well but would no doubt benefit from a degree of recommissioning after standing for so long. He informs us the car goes well and believes it to have the common Turbo mod’ this being straight-cut drop gears to the box making the gearchange more direct. Under the bonnet, the rocker cover would suggest it features an Avonbar engine, however there is no documentary evidence to support this so it may or may not be the case. Only the V5C and last MOT from 2015 at which time the car had covered just 77,199 miles accompany this funky and rare little car.
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