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A rare surviving Austin Metro Vanden Plas with an incredible 21,923 miles from new.
All steel unitary construction, laminated windscreen, bronze tinted glass, bright screen inserts, black rolled section bumpers, wrap around cappings, bright finish grille, twin door mirrors, bright finish door handles and tailgate lifter, coachline with ‘VP’ motifs, glass sunroof, rear mudflaps, locking concealed fuel filler, front head restraints, rear parcel shelf, brushed nylon headlining, front parcel shelf rubber mat with ‘VP’ motif, wood door cappings and carpet kick strips, tachometer, digital clock, heated rear window, rear wash/wipe, cigar lighter, removable sunroof and carry bag.
Finished in factory original colour Cashmere Gold Metallic (code GMD), this fantastic range topping luxury Metro is every inch a rare surviving delight and boasts a bright finish to the paintwork. Minor imperfections can only be seen upon close scrutiny and include marks on the tailgate around the boot lock, a small ding on the bonnet and tiny scratches. Structurally excellent, there is no evidence of weld repairs to the underside and all panels are straight with uniform gaps and free from corrosion. All trims sections are original, intact and free from damage and the ‘VP’ badges, decals and coachline remain just as Austin intended. Once a common sight on our roads, this fantastic example really does stir up nostalgia and with such low miles covered represents a wonderful opportunity to the collector and enthusiast alike.
Vanden Plas, the renowned bespoke coachbuilders and trimmers started out in 1870 in Brussels and were synonymous with upmarket prestige vehicles. In later years, the name was associated with British Leyland and Austin Rover Group cars, specifically for their range topping luxury models. The plush interior of this Metro Vanden Plas is completely original and in perfect preserved condition. The Rachelle upholstery in Osprey trim colour (code AMX) extends from the seats to the door cards and rear panels. The spotlessly clean fabric is completely free from wear and still retains its fullness, as do the matching brown carpets protected by genuine Metro rubber floor mats. The wood door cappings are perfect, as is the fascia and leather trimmed steering wheel. All functions including the original push button LW/MW radio operate fully. A truly remarkable interior in a superb preserved state, the ultimate small car luxury.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The legendary and time proven A-Series engine of 1275cc displacement needs no introduction. Producing an ample 63bhp, this spritely Metro can hold its own in modern traffic and is tremendous fun with Mini like road manners. The four speed (3+E) all synchromesh gearbox delivers light and exact changes. Robust simple mechanics and excellent parts availability allow everyday use and classic motoring without high running costs. Ideal for the classic show circuit!
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Five factory standard 12” steel wheels remain with the car and are shod in 155/70 R12 tyres with excellent tread remaining. The original black centre caps with ‘VP’ emblem are in excellent order but one chrome embellishers is missing. The dual line servo-assisted brakes with 21.3cm discs up front and 17.8cm drums at the rear pull the car up quickly and safely.
An absolutely fantastic history file supports this very rare and collectible Austin Metro Vanden Plas. Registered new on 11th August 1983 by Austin Main Dealers Hartwells of Banbury, the first keeper being a Mr P Shepherd. Just two further keeper since and just 21,923 miles from new, this example really has lead a cherished existence. Discovered by KGF Classic Cars after a period of inactivity the decision was made to offer it again to a lucky new owner. Every MOT from new up to 2010 along with masses of service invoices not only uphold the mileage but offer an insight to the fastidious maintenance bestowed upon the car. The original A5 wallet houses the service booklet and consumer guides and an original sales brochure is included.
The driving experience of this car is fully commensurate with such a low mileage, low owner car with the clear ‘want for nothing’ mentality of the previous keepers. A hugely fun classic car and an absolute delight.
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