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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wasn't there a get-out clause on the emissions test, at least for the early ones? They were reckoned to be exempt from the emissions test as they couldn't meet the standard even when new, IIRC. Surprised VW didn't try something similar...
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Getting collectible status now, I believe, particularly MG and Turbo versions. Definitely a practical classic and a typical BL Tardis with regard to generous interior space in relation to overall car size. A friend has just acquired an MG one as a restoration project.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Bitumen Boy"]Wasn't there a get-out clause on the emissions test, at least for the early ones? They were reckoned to be exempt from the emissions test as they couldn't meet the standard even when new, IIRC.

I seem to remember hearing something about that before. A couple of postings have mentioned Metro Turbos. Back in the day we used to have a regular stream of heads for exhaust valves and seats for the turbo models.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 4:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We were in the market for a new shopping trolley back in the 80s, and we had a short list of cars which included the Metro. We looked at a Civic and thought how modern and civilised it was, we looked at a Polo and thought how typically German it was, and then we looked at a Metro and thought how antiquated it was, just like a Mini from 20 years previously. It was noisy, had the same "power steering" traits - you know accelerate for understeer, foot off for oversteer -, and how the mechanics were so abysmal compared to the others. We bought the Polo, despite only having two doors, and never regretted it. I would not, even today, give a Metro house room. Er, wait! Maybe a 6R4!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Metros? We love 'em in our house. Mrs C's shopping trolley of choice during the 80's we can count an HLE, a Vanden Plas, an MG and even one of the rare Cabriolet versions amongst the family fleet in days past.

Furthermore, we bought another one last week! The story goes that a friend of a friend died in September. "I looked in his garage and thought of you." said my pal and sure enough a 1.1C Metro as well as an MGF came my way last week.

Isn't it sad when your worldly possessions are spread to the four winds?

Anyway, his cars will have a good home and I was immediately impressed as to just what a sweet urban drive a Metro can be. Willing engine, roomy interior, even a 5 speed 'box on this one. All with less than 40k on the clock. Less so the MG TBH. Couple of suspension issues to fix and It'll only be for longer runs....... 'cos I can barely get in and out of the thing!

So the priority becomes to shuffle the fleet around so the the newcomers get a roof over their heads along with everything else. Lockdown? Meh, Keep busy I say.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2020 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember visiting a small rural BL dealer on the evening just before the Metro dealer launch. The dealer let me in and showed me a new Metro that had been delivered, he was panicking. One door had a base trim with no door pocket, the other an upmarket trim with a door pocket.......
He had already sold the car to a local lady who always bought the latest model car, and would have the car a couple of days after the launch bash, what to do? I scratched my head a bit and told him to tell her that the car was sent with different trims so he could demonstrate the difference to potential customers on the launch, as they could only supply him with one car due to demand, and a matching door panel was in the post.
It's no wonder BL had a rubbish reputation when they couldn't even get the right door trims on a launch product!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2020 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BigJohn wrote:
I remember visiting a small rural BL dealer on the evening just before the Metro dealer launch. The dealer let me in and showed me a new Metro that had been delivered, he was panicking. One door had a base trim with no door pocket, the other an upmarket trim with a door pocket.......
He had already sold the car to a local lady who always bought the latest model car, and would have the car a couple of days after the launch bash, what to do? I scratched my head a bit and told him to tell her that the car was sent with different trims so he could demonstrate the difference to potential customers on the launch, as they could only supply him with one car due to demand, and a matching door panel was in the post.
It's no wonder BL had a rubbish reputation when they couldn't even get the right door trims on a launch product!


The fact that they sought to deprive buyers of a door pocket at all just about sums up their attitude towards the buying public.

Only to be expected from a state owned car company I suppose?
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Bitumen Boy



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ray White wrote:
BigJohn wrote:
I remember visiting a small rural BL dealer on the evening just before the Metro dealer launch. The dealer let me in and showed me a new Metro that had been delivered, he was panicking. One door had a base trim with no door pocket, the other an upmarket trim with a door pocket.......
He had already sold the car to a local lady who always bought the latest model car, and would have the car a couple of days after the launch bash, what to do? I scratched my head a bit and told him to tell her that the car was sent with different trims so he could demonstrate the difference to potential customers on the launch, as they could only supply him with one car due to demand, and a matching door panel was in the post.
It's no wonder BL had a rubbish reputation when they couldn't even get the right door trims on a launch product!


The fact that they sought to deprive buyers of a door pocket at all just about sums up their attitude towards the buying public.

Only to be expected from a state owned car company I suppose?


I think it was just the British way of doing things rather than any inherent fault with state ownership. All the old privately owned companies that were swallowed up by Leyland and subsequently, clumsily nationalised had exactly the same attitude to the buying public, after all. Absolutely everything not required by law was an optional extra because it was a way to massage the headline price down. And, of course, it still is... Laughing
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