A 1985 MG Metro 6R4 road-going rally car is up for auction at the Autosport International Sale at the NEC, Birmingham, on January 12 2019.
A legend of the crazy Group B rally era, the 6R4, like its contemporary competitors, is a Frankenstein’s monster of a racing car. This low-mileage homologation has covered just 175 miles, so you might need deep pockets. It’s expected to fetch as much as £200,000.
The car was first purchased by the marketing department of Williams Grand Prix Engineering in 1988. It remained in its possession until 2005, when it was sold as part of the Williams F1 Reserve Collection. The Tifosi Garage then had it for a while, before selling it to its current owner in 2015.
Don’t think this 6R4 is a seized-up relic on account of its low mileage, though. This car underwent a full restoration and recommission in 2017 at BGM Sport, including an updated fuel system and better engine belts.
“This is the closest you can get to driving a Group B rally car on the road,” said Lionel Abbott, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions.
“A homologation special like this with such low mileage presents a rare opportunity for rally fans and enthusiasts alike.”
The Metro 6R4, as with all Group B rally cars, could only be ratified for competition use with a minimum of 200 road cars. These homologation specials were meant to galvanise the competition car’s link to the road and truly define it as production-based.
The reality was that road-driving customers were being offered a slightly neutered version of a full-on rally special. While the rally cars produced as much as 410hp, the road cars ‘made do’ with 250hp. Still, that was mind-bending power in a be-winged, mid-engined Metro in 1985.
It’s not like the engine wasn’t up to it, either. A fettled version would end up powering the controversial Jaguar XJ220 supercar, in place of an exotic V12.
The Metro’s legacy grows beyond its competition achievements. It, along with the Peugeot 205 T16 and Renault 5 Turbo, redefined exactly how mad a hot hatch could be.
We only wish we had the requisite £200,000 to buy and enjoy a pristine slice of 80s hot hatch lunacy.
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