MG Metro 6R4 - SOLD

1988MG Metro 6R4
Price: SOLD

Exterior: White
Interior: Black buckets
Transmission: Manual
Mileage: N/A

Engine: 2800cc V6

Layout: RHD

Drivetrain: 4x4

Power: 350bhp+

 

ABOUT THIS CAR

Investor Classics is proud to offer this incredible example to potential investors.

 

This car has just received a full mechanical restoration costing £30,000. With only 2 keepers from new, the last for 20 years, this example is a rare opportunity.

Registered in 1988, this 2800cc car is in MSA rally specification. The engine is making in the region of 350bhp and is eligible for historic motorsport events.

The bodywork has been repainted where necessary to ensure that the car is as pristine as possible without removing the historic patina of the vehicle.

Suited to enthusiasts who want a real investment piece in their collection that evokes a special era in motorsport, or those who wish to compete in historic motorsport events, this car is truly something special.

Work undertaken:

 

Engine

Fully dismantled cleaned and assessed for wear.

Exhaust valve guides replaced and 3 valves replaced which were bent. All valve seats re-made, reassembled and shimmed.

Cylinder bores checked and honed. New piston rings fitted.

Crankshaft checked and polished. New big end bearings and re-manufactured main bearings fitted.

Re-assembled using new cylinder head studs and nuts. New cam and oil pump drive belts gaskets, seals etc.

Dry sump oil tank removed and cleaned. Replacement air filter.

New aluminium radiator manufactured and fitted.

Exhaust silencers dismantled and re-packed.

Wiring loom modified to eliminate poor connection at bulkhead. Injector connection plugs renewed. Fuel injectors serviced. Vehicle tuned on dynamometer. New battery fitted.

 

Transmission

 Front and rear differentials dismantled, checked for wear and crack tested. Bearings, LSD ramps replaced as required.

Drive shafts were dismantled and cleaned then re-packed. New wheel bearings fitted to rear. Joint boots fitted as required.

 

Gearbox

Fully stripped for inspection. Selector forks and shafts replaced. New gear dog latches fitted.

Viscous coupling serviced and re-set.

Clutch disc paddles replaced and new clutch release bearing fitted. New master cylinder.

 

Brakes

Discs and callipers fine. Pads replaced with Ferodo racing DS3000. Brake master cylinders and handbrake cylinder replaced. Competition fluid.

 

Suspension

Suspension struts dismantled. Shock absorbers serviced by Bilstein. New piston rods fitted and re-valved. New bump stops fitted. Casings had threads cleaned and serviced. Spherical bearings checked and replaced as required. Geometry set to factory settings.

 

Bodywork

Front panel welded. Wings, bonnet, tailgate and spoilers painted

New seats, seat belts and fire extinguishers fitted

ABOUT THE MG Metro 6R4

Created for the Group B rally category, the 4WD mid engined MG Metro 6R4 of 1984 (6-cylinder, rally, four-wheel-drive) was a world away from the best selling supermini to which it bore only a superficial cosmetic resemblance. The competition car only shared the name of the production Metro as it featured a mid-mounted engine with four wheel drive transmission enclosed within a semi-monocoque seam-welded tubular chassis, developed by Williams Grand Prix Engineering.

The car was launched in May 1985, powered by a David Wood designed bespoke 3-litre V6 powerplant which used some of the engine architecture of the Cosworth DFV. It featured twin overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder. The engine was a break from the norm, as it wasn't turbocharged as the majority of its competitors were. The engine was mounted back to front in the car, with the forward end of the engine facing the hatchback and the gearbox attached conventionally behind it and, therefore, in the middle of the vehicle. The four-wheel-drive was permanently engaged, and drove separate propshafts to the front and rear differentials. The rear differential was mounted on the side of the engine sump with one driveshaft running through the sump to the nearside rear wheel. Much of the outer bodywork was made of GRP, with the only exception being the roof panels (which were aluminium), the steel doors and the remaining panels from the original Metro shell. The doors were, however, concealed by plastic airboxes. Indeed, models now on show generally have stickers demonstrating where it is safe to push from when moving the vehicle, so as not to damage the bodywork.

The 6R4 appeared in two guises. There were 200 homologation road-going Clubman models and a further 20 built to International specifications for competition. The car was to participate in the Lombard RAC rally in November 1985, and an example, driven by works driver Tony Pond, finished a highly respectable third, behind two Lancia Delta S4s.

 

Halfway during the 1986 season, Group B was banned (following a series of fatal crashes in which both competitors and spectators lost their lives.

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