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A cossetted and very rare Rover Metro GTi 16v with a huge history file.
Laminated windscreen, green tint glass, tilting green glass sunroof, body colour front spoiler, body colour sill extensions, black rear spoiler with body colour lip, body colour door mirrors, styled halogen headlamps, headlamp road-levelling, rear wash/wipe, central door locking, digital clock, rubber fascia mat, soft feel sports steering wheel, 60/40 split folding rear seat, security coded Philips radio cassette (model R570), roof mounted aerial. Dealer accessories; Rover tailored floor mats.
This very rare sporting GTi 16v variant has been under the ownership of an exceptionally dedicated and near obsessive individual who has preserved the car since it was less than two years old! The striking factory original paintwork in Flame Red, (Code COF), displays a deep mirror shine throughout with an incredible uniform glossy finish. Two tiny dings, one on the scuttle panel and one on the offside rear panel are just visible but inoffensive. The underside and factory fitted panels are incredibly well preserved, and even the rear arches show visible original weld dots, almost unheard of for a Metro. The sporting trim sections are perfect and the dealer plates, tax disc holder and rear screen sticker remain fitted. Constantly garaged with soft sheets protecting it, this example is in almost unconceivably good condition.
The interior of this outstanding unmolested example is in pristine original condition. The sports seats with Lightning Fabric facings, (Code LOY), are virtually wear free and spotlessly clean. Matching door cards are perfect and the colour scheme carpeting has been protected by genuine Rover over mats from new. The perfect fascia, dashboard and all switchgear is fully functional and the headlining is as new. The optional security coded radio cassette remains fitted and fully functional, and all glass is security etched with the registration number. The sporty feel is completed with bright red seat belts, a less than subtle hint towards the fun in store once you turn the key!
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
This top of the range Metro GTi 16v has the four cylinder 16 valve twin cam engine developing a spritely 95bhp, huge fun in such a lightweight car. The engine note through the standard specification exhaust matches the cars sporty looks and the driving experience is guaranteed to raise a reluctant smile! A pristine engine bay displays all factory stickers, plates and panel stampings. The five speed close ratio manual gearbox offers light and precise changes throughout the range and lively city driving manner.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original 13” alloy wheels are in amazing order having never been refurbished and are shod in brand new branded 185/55 R13 tyres. Incredibly, the factory fitted Dunlop SP D8 tyres have been retained for originality. The spare fifth alloy wheel is also fitted with the original Dunlop tyre, and both the wheel and tyre have never seen the road. To delight the collector even more, alongside the spare wheel is the toolkit, wheel brace and centre cap lever sat in the polystyrene holder, and the original jack is retained by the correct small white bungee strap. The dual circuit servo assisted brakes with front discs bring the car up to a steady, straight and assured halt.
This astounding example was registered new on 1st June 1990 by Rover Main Dealer, Mann Egerton & Co of Bishop’s Stortford, and has covered a mere 63,591 miles with just two keepers from new. The previous keeper purchased the car from Rover Main Dealer, Warners of Windlesham, when the car was less than two years old and had covered just 8,823 miles. A used vehicle sales invoice in the history file confirms a purchase price of £7,360. The devotion by the second and long term owner is truly remarkable with the care and attention lavished upon her pride and joy second to none. She even had the foresight to periodically buy spare carpet mats, trim pieces and parts while they could still be found, just in case they were ever needed!
The colossal history file is simply incredible with all handbooks, radio guides, service book other point of sale literature neatly kept inside the plastic A5 wallet. Furthermore, a huge folder of receipts and invoices span from new to present, and there are two documented cambelt changes with the most recent being done less than 4,000 miles ago. A detailed maintenance log, original Rover range sales brochure and two sets keys complete the history file. This Metro is an absolute credit to the former keeper and represents an unrepeatable opportunity to acquire arguably the best example of this very rare surviving model.
MOT March 2018, HPI Clear.
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