An Austin Metro Vanden Plas 500 described as being in ‘brand new’ condition is to be auctioned at CarFest South next month.
With just 741 miles on its clock, A500 VOJ is thought to have spent the first part of its life in Birmingham’s Patrick Collection.
Despite showing just one owner on its logbook, the Metro is believed to have been bought from the collection by a classic car enthusiast, and has spent most of its life in his garage.
When advertised last year for offers around £7,000, seller John Hill, told Classic Cars For Sale: “I bought it off a collector, and the idea was that I would keep it for my nephew. The plan was to give it to him as a present whenever he learned to drive, but now the time has come he doesn’t want his mates to see him driving around in a Metro. He’d rather have a Ferrari instead!
“The car has always been kept under wraps in dry storage since it was new – it is basically a brand new Metro, and you’ll never find another one quite like it.”
The car was the second Vanden Plas 500 to be registered – and thought to be one of just five remaining. One of the most luxurious Metros ever produced, the Vanden Plas 500 featured tan leather seats and alloy wheels.
Motoring Research understands that Hill sold the Metro to another collector who is now offering it for auction at CarFest South.
Classic Car Auctions general manager Guy Lees-Milne said: “It’s a delight to be offering such a special British icon in our sale at CarFest. This is a unique opportunity to own an incredibly rare car, at no reserve, and this example is one to potentially bubble-wrap for the future.”
The Austin Metro was one of the most popular car on Britain’s roads, with 1.3 million sold by 1994. Only around 500 are believed to be registered in the UK today – with one recently added to the MR Fleet.