Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1981 Austin Mini Metro 1.3S Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXBHND1AD353100 Engine no. 12H907AA 108776
Lot 347
1981 Austin Mini Metro 1.3S Saloon
Registration no. HHR 499W Chassis no. SAXXBHND1AD353100 Engine no. 12H907AA 108776
Sold for £1,035 (US$ 1,670) inc. premium

Lot Details
Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1981 Austin Mini Metro 1.3S Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXBHND1AD353100 Engine no. 12H907AA 108776 Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1981 Austin Mini Metro 1.3S Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXBHND1AD353100 Engine no. 12H907AA 108776 Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1981 Austin Mini Metro 1.3S Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXBHND1AD353100 Engine no. 12H907AA 108776 Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1981 Austin Mini Metro 1.3S Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXBHND1AD353100 Engine no. 12H907AA 108776 Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1981 Austin Mini Metro 1.3S Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXBHND1AD353100 Engine no. 12H907AA 108776 Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1981 Austin Mini Metro 1.3S Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXBHND1AD353100 Engine no. 12H907AA 108776 Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1981 Austin Mini Metro 1.3S Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXBHND1AD353100 Engine no. 12H907AA 108776 Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1981 Austin Mini Metro 1.3S Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXBHND1AD353100 Engine no. 12H907AA 108776 Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new,1981 Austin Mini Metro 1.3S Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXBHND1AD353100 Engine no. 12H907AA 108776
Owned by Moulton Developments Ltd from new
1981 Austin Mini Metro 1.3S Saloon
Registration no. HHR 499W
Chassis no. SAXXBHND1AD353100
Engine no. 12H907AA 108776

Footnotes

  • Launched in October 1980, the Austin Mini Metro was an instant success. Alex Moulton's sister, Dione, was one of the first purchasers and Alex, having tried her car, decided to buy one for research and development purposes. Moulton Developments had contributed to the suspension design but, against Alex's advice and purely to save costs, British Leyland did not interconnect the Hydragas system front-to-rear as it was originally designed to operate, opting instead for independent suspension at the front with side-to-side interconnection at the rear. Although this gave an acceptable ride it was far from perfect and Alex was determined to do it properly. In 1986/87 'HHR 499W' was stripped down and fitted with a prototype front-to-rear interconnected Hydragas system which BL, by then Rover Group, adopted when the Metro was facelifted in 1990. The Rover Metro and later 100 Series incorporated front-to-rear interconnected suspension, giving a vastly improved ride, which was the result of development work carried out on 'HHR 499W'.

    The engine has been modified by Richard Longman, whose plaque is on the rocker cover. Further investigation would be needed to verify the cubic capacity and mechanical specification. It has not been modified to run on unleaded petrol. A replacement (manual) gearbox was fitted in 1995. Other modifications include an MG Metro tailgate spoiler and seats; later-type TD (metric) wheels; and a later steering wheel. In 2001, following a period of storage, the original carpets were replaced with the current set.

    'HHR 499W' requires re-commissioning as it has been off the road for some time. (The odometer reading is circa 56,000 miles). The suspension needs attention as it will not hold pressure and a full inspection by suitably qualified persons is strongly advised. The suspension components on the car are believed to be non-standard and incompatible with any of the later Rover parts.

    A file of paperwork is included, consisting mainly of old MoT, insurance and licensing papers together with V5C registration document and a letter from Austin Rover dated 11th June 1987 indicating that the vehicle was then in their custody undergoing evaluation. A copy of a garage record card from E W Stone Ltd lists work carried out over the years. The last MoT expired in September 2011 and the car is currently SORN'd.

    No reserve.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the correct chassis number for this vehicle is SAXXBHND1AD, not as printed in the catalogue.
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