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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:53 pm 
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Classics World’s Paul Wager test drives and reviews the Metro Clubman…
"When was the last time you saw a Metro in daily use? Suddenly the car which was supposed to replace the Mini (but never did) has become a rare sight, with seemingly more of the early cars having survived than the later examples like this one. Indeed, registered in 1990 this must be one of the very last A-Series Metros made before the revamped Rover Metro arrived."
http://classicsworld.co.uk/cars/road-te ... o-clubman/


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:10 pm 
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History : All at sea for the mini Metro launch…
AROnline Contributor and former BMC manufacturing apprentice turned British Leyland retailer Richard Williams recalls the launch of the miniMetro aboard a cruise ship on the Irish Sea – what could possibly go wrong?

In mid-September, Williams Automobiles received an invitation to attend the launch of the new, much-needed hatchback and celebrate the Mini’s 21st Birthday. The event was to take place on a small cruise liner sailing out of the West Gladstone Dock in Liverpool. It was a time of great excitement – although the Metro project had been well publicized, the development work had been done secretly and very little was known about the car. The press buzz was growing fast.
We arrived at what was a cargo dock to see a lovely small cruise ship, the MS Vistafjord, waiting for us alongside the dock. We parked in the designated parking close by and boarded. It was mid-afternoon so it would give us time to settle in our cabin before we ventured up to the lounge to attend the Mini’s 21st Birthday celebrations. In every nook and cranny, there was a Mini with a big 21st birthday card on it. Not a sign of the new car at all…
The champagne and canapés flowed along with the sea sickness that was beginning to claim more and more victims. Apart from that, it was a lovely and well-thought-out celebration. Who could not love the little Mini, the world’s most innovative car? A truly classless car, which appealed to everyone, the Mini was fantastic for motorsport, leisure and town use, a true all-rounder. However, for its manufacturers and retailers the Mini had only one small problem – it was so keenly priced that it didn’t make money.It was amazing just how many Minis there were on board. They were on the decks, in all the large public areas and all around the ballroom.
The full story of the Metro launch here:-
http://www.aronline.co.uk/blogs/minimetro-launch/


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:40 pm 
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The metro Clubman was indeed a parting shot for the A series metro, available in 998 or 1275, 2 or 4 door, spec included as standard glass sunroof and radio cassette, my dad bought a 998 2 door and loved it. Another extra was a porous gear box case as he was told, we would call it poorly cast casing after weeks of being fobbed off I played the not fit for purpose card and they finally changed the box good old Wadham Stringer.


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