Group B rally ended 33 years ago, and most of the iconic homologation specials the series spawned have been turned into race cars, driven into the ground, or hidden away in collections. This one is a bit different. It's a real, actual MG Metro 6R4 with precisely seven—yes, seven—miles on the odometer. It's been sitting for decades, and now, in July. You should buy it, because if you don't, who on earth will?
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According to the listing, this 6R4 was sold new in England in December 1986. The original owner took delivery, but died shortly after. The car sat in his garage for nearly 10 years before his widow loaned it to the Donnington Museum to put on display. It sat there until 2002, when it was acquired by the current owner with five miles on the odometer. A further two miles were added by running it on jack stands, presumably to circulate fluids in the drivetrain. The car is still in its delivery state, coated in factory wax and wearing plastic wrapping on its seats. Though the engine bay and cabin show the effects of years of sitting, the car looks complete. It's a true time capsule.
The Metro 6R4 came on to the scene at the very end of the Group B era. Sporting a mid-mounted naturally aspirated V-6 engine and all-wheel drive, it was meant to do battle with the Audi Quattros and Lancia Delta S4s of the world. Sadly, Group B competition ended before the 6R4 could enter a race. Sold as kit cars marketed as "rally ready," the small run of 6R4 road cars required some assembly—owners had to install the two wings after taking delivery. Just 200 were built for homologation purposes. This one is number 189.
The car on July 27th at the Silverstone circuit in England. The auction house estimates a final sale price between about $250,000 and $300,000.