Corgi Small Scale: Austin Mini Metro
Austin Mini Metro
|Makers Model Number: 107-A|
Version Number: 04
|Produced: From 1981 to 1983|
Notes about this toy:
Opening doors, clear windows, black plastic base and grille, Whizzwheels.
Austin Mini Metro
Notes about this vehicle:
On 8 October 1980, BL introduced the Austin miniMetro. It was intended as a big brother, rather than as a replacement, for the Mini. Some of the Mini's underpinnings were carried over into the Metro, namely the 998 cc and 1275 cc A-Series engines, much of the front-wheel drivetrain and four-speed manual gearbox, and suspension subframes. The Metro used the Hydragas suspension system found on the Allegro but without front to rear interconnection. The hatchback body shell was one of the most spacious of its time and this was a significant factor in its popularity. Initially, the Metro was sold as a three-door hatchback.
The name was chosen through a ballot of BL employees. They were offered a choice of three names, Match, Maestro or Metro.
At the time of its launch, the Metro was hailed as British Leyland's saviour, as the company was facing a serious financial crisis and there were fears that it could go out of business. British Leyland's troubles were largely attributed to out-of-date technology and design of most of its model range. The Mini, for example, had been in production for 21 years by the time of the Metro's launch. The Austin Allegro was seven years old and the Morris Ital was also launched in 1980 but was effectively a reworked version of the nine-year-old Morris Marina, and BL's latest all-new car was the 1976 Rover SD1.
|Produced: From 1980 to 1988|
Model Year: 1981
Mark or Series: Series 1
|Body Style: Hatchback|
Number of Doors: 2
Group: British Leyland Motor Corporation
Made In: United Kingdom
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