CAR OF 1980 AUSTIN MINI METRO

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I could have picked the Ford Es­cort MkIII, but I chose the Metro for its psy­cho­log­i­cal and, in­deed, emo­tional im­pact. Even if, like me, you were still at ju­nior school at that time, it was dif­fi­cult not to be aware of the im­por­tance of BL’s new su­per­mini.

This was a time when the state-owned car­maker was both na­tional news – ev­ery BBC bul­letin seemed to have Richard Baker in­ton­ing the words ‘Ley­land’ and ‘picket’ – and reg­u­lar joke fod­der about build qual­ity.

Yes, from a 2017 van­tage point, the TV ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign with a pha­lanx of Met­ros de­fend­ing the na­tion from flotil­las of over­seas-built hatch­backs looks frankly lu­di­crous but the ‘Bri­tish Car to Beat The World’ was very well-re­ceived. As Car mag­a­zine noted – ‘the Metro has taken a very big step to­wards widen­ing the ac­cept­abil­ity of the small car.’

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