Well, I said goodbye to little Austin today.
A nice lady from Anglesey came and collected him.
I've really enjoyed having a metro to play with all things considered. It's not really cost me anything except in basic maintenance (oil / filters etc.)
I bought the car intending to use it as a toy using my MGB V8 as a daily driver. Plans changed when I discovered that the MG had structural issues and despite having a 2 week old fresh MOT I made the decision to pull it off the road and use the metro everyday instead.
I suppose that was the biggest mistake. I've always been used to RWD cars with a bit of grunt. Going from that to a metro was a bit of a shock. In many ways I suppose this spoiled my enjoyment of the car. If I had kept the metro as just a toy perhaps I'd still have it? I can see why people have city cars. Pottering locally around Bangor and Sutton was a lot of fun. Roundabouts and S bends are hilarious. This thing handled like a go-kart. You don't need anything else round town. Unfortunately, my driving extends to a lot of high speed motorway stuff along with long blasts down country lanes which just doesn't suit a city car.
Would I buy another? No I don't think so. This one has been a lot of fun and I achieved the ambition of owning a classic city car and also the ambition to own something powered by an A series engine.
Would I recommended one to a friend? Absolutely! But get a turbo model
So, I'm back down to two cars again. Bugger.
Guess I'd better look for something else? Well... not straight away. I've still got a the paint job to pay for on the MG so it'll be a few months before I get another toy.
Although, this much I do know. The next car is going to be a small classic 4 cylinder for economy / chuck-ability and will probably be a convertible. I'm thinking Triumph Spitfire MK3 / MK4 / 1500 depending on what is available at the time.