1990 ROVER METRO GTA

EN­GINE 1396cc/4-cyl/OHC POWER 75bhp@5550rpm TORQUE 86lb ft@3500rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 104mph 0-60MPH 12sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 33-39mpg TRANS­MIS­SION FWD, five-speed man­ual MoT 12 months ODOME­TER 59,811 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Clasic Cars For Sale - Nick Larkin

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

The en­gine starts in­stantly and runs su­perbly with no signs of smok­ing. This is a sur­pris­ingly so­phis­ti­cated ma­chine, given its diminu­tive di­men­sions. There’s no A-Se­ries en­gine whine, and no clat­tery ride here. There are no signs of over­heat­ing or any cylin­der head is­sues with the K-Se­ries en­gine. Its han­dling is ex­cel­lent, ne­go­ti­at­ing sharp bends and twisty roads with ease – it’s as chuck­able as a Mini but with a vastly im­proved ride. Per­for­mance is more than re­spectable, the car be­ing ca­pa­ble of cruis­ing hap­pily at the le­gal limit while ac­cel­er­a­tion is ex­cel­lent around town. The brakes are good, the clutch light and the gearchange pre­cise.

BODY­WORK CHECK

The Nordic Blue paint­work has stood the test of time ex­tremely well and still re­tains its lus­tre. Some work has been done on both the rear whee­larches but to a high stan­dard. There are no no­tice­able signs of cor­ro­sion un­der­neath. The sills and front wings are in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion, and there is no bub­bling or sig­nif­i­cant dents on the doors. All the pan­els fit as they should. The plas­tic mould­ings are free from cracks or chips. The lat­tice al­loy wheels, and the tyres are also in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion – the lat­ter still with plenty of tread.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

It’s all a bit of a 1990s dream in here, with ev­ery­thing in good or­der. Even the rub­ber mats fit­ted from new have sur­vived in­tact. The up­hol­stery is free from tears or vis­i­ble signs of wear apart from some barely no­tice­able creas­ing on the driver’s seat. The door trims have no scuffs or any signs of dam­age. The head­lin­ing is pris­tine and there is no ev­i­dence of any leaks from the sun­roof. The dash­board has sur­vived well with­out any wear on the chunky switches or the steer­ing wheel. Ev­ery­thing ap­pears to work as it should, in­clud­ing the Philips ra­dio cas­sette player. All the glass ap­pears to be in good or­der.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The car’s un­der­bon­net con­di­tion shows ev­i­dence of its metic­u­lous ser­vice his­tory. It’s not to show stan­dard, but ev­ery­thing is in good or­der, with flu­ids to the cor­rect lev­els and oil and coolant free from con­tam­i­na­tion. All the wiring looks to be in cred­itable con­di­tion.

THE CCW VIEW

The Metro comes with one of the most com­pre­hen­sive ser­vice his­to­ries we’ve ever seen. It re­veals that it was bought new from Quicks of Leam­ing­ton Spa on 28 Septem­ber 1990. The orig­i­nal owner kept the car un­til 2016 and re­tained ev­ery MoT from 1994, along with a full dealer ser­vice his­tory. The con­di­tion of the car cer­tainly re­flects the care lav­ished upon it. As well as be­ing a car to take to shows, here is also a highly use­ful five-door hatchback in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion.

EX­TE­RIOR Ex­cel­lent, wheelaches re­paired to a high stan­dard IN­TE­RIOR Great orig­i­nal con­di­tion ME­CHAN­I­CALS Ev­ery­thing seems to be as it should

ASK­ING £2195 PRICE

Time-warp in­te­rior shows very few signs of wear.

Tidy en­gine bay backs up ex­cel­lent ser­vice his­tory.

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