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News: MEET THE OWNER – JAMES BARNES AND HIS MG METRO TURBO

As the Metro approaches its 40th birthday, it seems only appropriate to pay tribute to one of the rarest and most desirable versions.

News: THE MG METRO AT FORTY

On 5th May 1982, British Leyland announced the latest version of the Metro – one bearing a name not seen on a new car since 1979. As the advertisements promised, it was time to “Fasten Your Seat Belts”.

News: 30 YEARS OF THE MG MAESTRO TURBO

It is a mark of time passing that police officers seem extraordinarily young, that you start complaining that modern music is ‘a racket’ – and that you realise the MG Maestro Turbo is now 30 years old.

News: MEET THE OWNER – STEPHEN COLVIN AND HIS MORRIS METRO VAN

No, this is not a misprint, as the Morris badged version is one of the rarest and most desirable models to devotees of the Metro. Virtually any car-based light commercial of the 1980s has a very poor survival rate, but the early Metro van is probably now a more unusual sight than an MG 6R4. Not to mention offering considerably better fuel economy.

News: 40 YEARS OF THE AUSTIN METRO

Wednesday 8th October 1980 saw the debut of the Austin Metro. Here are 40 gripping facts about one of British Leyland’s most important cars.

News: MEET THE OWNER – CHRIS FIGG AND HIS AUSTIN METRO VANDEN PLAS

Chris had two reasons for buying his Cashmere Gold Austin Metro Vanden Plas. Firstly, he is a fan of the Kingsbury-based coachbuilder, and also owns a VDP 1500. Secondly, he has also been a Metro enthusiast ‘since the launch at the NEC in 1980...queuing up at the stand waiting to sit in this award-winning car’.

News: FIVE FANTASTIC FWD MGS

As any MG enthusiast will tell you, the Octagon badge is as much associated with fine saloons as it is sports cars, and so here is a quintet of FWD models from the 1960s to the 1980s that each made quite an impact on their debut.

News: MEET THE OWNER – PETER COBB AND HIS MGB LE ROADSTER

Peter Cobb finds the best aspect of driving his MG ‘is when you get it out on the B-roads in Surrey where I live, with the hood down it transports me back to the ‘eighties.’

News: DO YOU REMEMBER – THE MG MAGNETTE ZA AND ZB?

It would be fair to say that the Magnette ZA created quite a stir at the 1953 Motor Show. The name may have been borrowed from a pre-war racer, but it was the first MG with monocoque bodywork and the first to use the British Motor Corporation’s 1.5-litre ‘B-series’ unit.

News: The Austin Metro turns 40

Much-loved cheeky 80s runabout the Austin Mini Metro turns 40 this year. Often the butt of jokes for being on the rusty, dowdy, unreliable side, the Austin Metro is now achieving a cult following from a new, younger crowd.

News: MEET THE OWNER: JASON FARNHAM AND HIS MG MIDGET MK.I

During the heyday of Abingdon, MG’s principal export market was the USA. This splendid Midget Mk.I resides in California, and it is both Jason’s first Octagon badged car and indeed his first classic vehicle.

News: MEET THE OWNER: MIKE STEWARD AND HIS SAAB 99 TURBO FIVE-DOOR

Whenever Mike displays his 99 Turbo at shows, he frequently hears comments along the lines of ‘Never seen that before’ or despite the Saab’s very formidable presence, ‘it does not exist’.