Austin and Rover Metro: The Full Story (Paperback)

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Launched in 1980 as the Austin Mini-Metro, it was a critically important car for British Leyland and was hailed as the car that saved the company. This book looks in detail at the car’s design, development and sales success from its initial design stage to the end of production in 1998, by which time it had evolved into the Rover 100- an astonishing eighteen-year production run. As well as looking at the cars in detail, the book also includes interviews with some of the key people involved in its design and development.The author covers the development of the Metro from the initial rough sketches in 1975 as well as the engineering developments. He also describes the launch of the car and its reception by the media and the public. By 1985 the Metro had a facelift and two extra doors, making it more competitive with European rivals. The book also covers the rebranding process as the company was reorganised under the Rover badge. A revised Metro was fitted with a new K series engine.The author describes the launch of the turbo-charged MG Metros as well as the GTA and GTi versions. The Metro’s circuit racing successes are also included. The author also reveals some of the design ideas for a Metro replacement that never made it to production.Including advice for both current and prospective Metro owners and what to look out for, this book is a gold mine of information about one of Britain’s most significant car models.

About the Author

Craig Cheetham is an established automotive journalist and historian who has been writing about cars for over twenty years. He began his career as a correspondent on the Stockport Messenger before moving into automotive publishing working for Classic Car Weekly, Practical Classics, Land Rover Owner International and Auto Express. He then spent over a decade working inside the car industry before returning to his journalism roots as a freelance editor in 2018. He currently edits Retro Cars and contributes to over 20 different automotive outlets. He has also had 14 motoring books published in the past.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781398100930
ISBN-10: 1398100935
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication Date: February 15th, 2021
Pages: 96
Language: English










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