Wednesday 24 April 2024

As-new Metro 6R4 offered for sale

A remarkable Group B Metro 6R4 with just 7 miles on the clock is heading to auction at the Silverstone Classic.

The legend that is Group B rallying generated some truly remarkable cars. In order to be eligible for Group B, a minimum of 200 production road cars were required. That’s where the ‘200’ came from in Ford’s RS200, for example.

Sadly Group B rallying came to a premature end on the 31st December 1986 due to a number of fatalities, the most notable being Henri Toivonen.

But the legendary status of the cars lives on. And one such car was the Metro 6R4: a 4-wheel drive monster notorious for it’s rear-mounted V6 engine, creating a unique and marvellous sound.
This particular car is the closest you will probably get to owning a virtually new and unregistered car, being #189 of only 200 made.

Originally bought by an enthusiast direct from the Austin Rover Group Ltd in December 1986, the car was transported to his home and kept tucked away for many years in its delivery state, coated in factory wax.

In 1996 the car was offered to Donington Museum on a long-term basis to be exhibited. The 6R4 then spent the next seven years at the museum before it was sold in 2002 to the current vendor when the mileage was just five miles.

The current vendor has cared for the car over the last 17 years and the additional two miles have come about from running the car and drivetrain on stands.

This rallying icon is now offered for sale, still presented in its original state with the bolt on panels, such as the wings, still remaining in their original unpainted GRP state.
Included in the sale is the Assembly Manual, all the purchase correspondence, photographs and letters from the original owner to the Donington Museum.

The Silverstone Classic Auction takes place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July 2019 offering an exclusive selection of classic cars, sports cars and supercars, including automobilia and luxury watches.

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