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Lot 123

2019   |   Pebble Beach 2019

1986 MG Metro 6R4

SOLD $140,000

Estimate

$175,000 - $225,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

00197

Car Highlights

One of the Most Original and Well-Preserved Examples in Existence
Less than 2,100 Miles and the Result of a Three-Year Global Search for the Best Available 6R4
Formerly Part of the Teo Martín Motorsport Collection
Serviced by World-Renowned 6R4 Expert David Appleby
Accompanied by Owner’s Manual, Original Spare, over 80 Pages of Documentation, and a Custom Indoor Cover

Technical Specs

2,991 CC DOHC V-6 Engine
Multi-Point Electronic Fuel Injection
249 BHP at 7,000 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle with 4-Wheel Drive
4-Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Coil-Over Shock Absorbers

Saleroom Addendum

Please note that this vehicle will not be sold for use or resale in California or to a non-dealer California resident.

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Group B Cars from a Distinguished Private Collection

The MG Metro 6R4 was a potent Group B contender and the result of Austin Rover’s collaboration with Formula 1 designer Patrick Head and Williams Grand Prix Engineering. An incredibly stiff body shell was created around the compact Metro shape, and a powerful, naturally aspirated V-6 was mounted behind the front seats, providing excellent handling. The engine architecture recalled the legendary Cosworth DFV, and, in competition trim, 10,000 rpm was possible, resulting in a 2.8-second 0–60 mph time.

Chassis 00197 was first registered in the UK in 1988, and, in 2013, it was sold to Teo Martín of Madrid, where it resided in his famous collection of rally cars. After a lengthy search for the world’s best 6R4, the consignor acquired 00197 from Martín in 2015 with 1,574 miles on the odometer. David Appleby, the recognized global specialist on 6R4s, then went through the car and performed a reversible conversion to left-hand drive. No drilling or other body modifications were required because, as the consignor reports, the cars were designed to accept either left- or right-hand drive from new.

Today, this extraordinarily original example has less than 2,100 miles. The consignor notes that the car retains its original paint and that no restoration work has been required aside from preventive maintenance. This is one of very few unrestored, unraced Metro 6R4s in existence and a very rare opportunity indeed.