Corgi 275; Austin Metro 1.3HLS

The Austin Mini Metro with opening doors & boot and tip up seats. The Mini Metro was launched by British Leyland in 1980. When I was putting this page together I was thinking that you don't see so many of them around any more. All those years since it came out. Does this make it a classic? I still think of the Metro as contemporary, I think that makes me a fossil. However as of September 2018 there is still one parked in the street where I live.

This is one of the models Corgi released in conjunction with the real car which was launched as I remember with a huge fanfare, loads of publicity including the competition among the workers to give the new car a name. Was this the last truly British car to go into volume production?

Corgi produced it from 1981 onwards and into the post-Mettoy era in red, cream & blue with red or cream seats, in gold - which gets a premium price and there is also a Charles & Diana Royal Wedding commemorative in purple. I struggle to get more than a fiver for these though.

 

 
Corgi 275; Austin Metro 1.3HLS; Red, Cream Interior; Union Jack Box From Launch Corgi 275; Austin Metro 1.3HLS; Red, Cream Interior Corgi 275; Austin Metro 1.3HLS; Blue, Cream Interior Corgi 275; Austin Metro 1.3HLS; Blue, Red Interior Corgi 275; Austin Metro 1.3HLS; Blue, Red Interior

Corgi 275; Austin Metro 1.3HLS; Red, Cream Interior; Union Jack Box From Launch

Corgi 275; Austin Metro 1.3HLS; Red, Cream Interior (Production Box)

Corgi 275; Austin Metro 1.3HLS; Blue, Cream Interior

Corgi 275; Austin Metro 1.3HLS; Blue, Red Interior

Corgi 275; Austin Metro 1.3HLS; Cream, Red Interior
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Corgi 275; Austin Metro 1.3HLS; Royal Wedding Issue; Purple, Cream Interior Corgi 275; Austin Metro 1.3 Van, Royal Mail (1984) Corgi Toys 281; Austin Metro 1.3HLS; 1981 BTCC; Datapost; Richard Longman; RN77 Corgi 614; Austin Metro 1.3HLS; 1982 BTCC; Datapost; Richard Longman; RN77

Corgi 614; Austin Metro 1.3HLS; 1982 BTCC; Datapost; RN66

Corgi 605; Austin Metro 1.3HLS; Turbo; Cream        
Corgi 605; Austin Metro 1.3HLS; Turbo; Cream  

 


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