The MG Metro 6R4 was one of many Group B rally cars to take a sizeable departure from the model it was based on, but with a mid-mounted 300(ish)kW V6 and a 0-100km/h time that would give a Porsche 911 a run, it’s arguably the wildest of the bunch.
And now there’s one for sale in the UK.
“Originally built to works factory specification by David Appleby Motorsport; this car is a comprehensive recreation of the original eleven Group B international specification competition cars,” says the listing on RA Classics.
Sporting a “fully original V64V engine and 5-speed transmission,” the drivetrain has been recommissioned by MG Metro 6R4 specialist Pete Goodman.
“In addition to originally manufacturing V64V engines throughout the Group B era, it was Pete who built the V64V that powered Tony Pond’s 6R4 to 3rd place in the 1985 Lombard RAC rally, what would become the most successful result for any 6R4.
“The V64V remains even today the only engine to be designed and manufactured exclusively for rallying applications.”
If you need to see just how much of a weapon the 6R4 is, a video of WRC star Craig Breen driving one at full pelt surfaced in mid-2017, while Pond himself once said they were “difficult to set up, noisy and smelly, but great fun.”
Colin McRae also raced a 6R4 on occasion, with his car appearing for sale a few years ago at around AUD$500K.
The car offered by RA Classics will set a buyer back an extra AUD$130K for a total of around $630,000. The listing asks for £350,000.
“The interior retains the original dashboard, gauges, clocks and switches, all of which have been restored using the original spec loom installed on site by one of the original 6R4 auto-electrical experts, John Bevan.
“Authentically finished in its original blue & white colour scheme and adorned with the iconic Computervision livery; this 6R4 represents a fundamental part of rallying, motorsport and automotive history.”