MG METRO 6R4 "GRUPPO B"
Internal Code: RDS00119
Frame nr SAXXWNP7A0570079
Displacement 2,990 cc
6 V cylinders
Power 410 HP
Condition Conservative Restoration
Certifications: ACI fiche of historic car regularity n. 006308 of 25/09/2018
Construction certificate MG
Like all Group B cars of the time, the Metro 6R4 had only an aesthetic appeal to the production Metro since the mechanics, but also the aerodynamics, were totally distorted. Unlike its competitors, the MG Metro 6R4 gave up the supercharged engine in favor of a larger displacement: the traction was permanent all-wheel drive, the engine a twin-shaft 24-valve 2996 cm³ centrally mounted and the bodywork (enlarged and equipped with large spoilers ) was made of plastic, except for the doors, for a power of 250 HP in the "standard" version (called "Clubman") and 410 HP in the racing version (called "International" version). In the racing version, the engine allowed it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.2 seconds and from 0 to 180 in 10 seconds.
The engine was derived from the 3.5-liter Rover V8 (used since 1967 in the sportier versions of Rover cars, such as the SD1 Vitesse. pilot too far back.
Once the construction of the 200 road specimens required was completed, on 1 November 1985 the 6R4 passed the homologation and was therefore able to be entered in the 1985 world championship. of Great Britain, obtaining the best position ever, a 3rd place overall. In the course of the following 1986 World Championship, however, the 6R4 failed to earn any other podiums and its best placings were limited to a 4th place at the Sanremo Rally and a 6th place at the Rally of Great Britain.
After British Leyland retired from competition in 1986; David Appleby, a famous meter expert at the time, was commissioned to build this car from a brand new body.
This car was meticulously built from scratch, keeping all original components. Preserving the pedigree of such a unique and historic car during the restoration process was of paramount importance.
Originally built to David Appleby Motorsport factory specifications; this car is a complete rebuild of the eleven original international specification racing cars of Group B. The completely original V64V engine and 5-speed transmission, originally built by Cliff Humphries, have been put back into service by Pete Goodman. In addition to originally producing V64V engines during the Group B era, it was Pete who built the V64V that took Tony Pond's 6R4 to 3rd place in the 1985 Lombard RAC rally, what would become the most successful achievement for any 6R4 during the. The V64V still remains the only engine to be designed and manufactured exclusively for rally applications.
The interior retains the original dashboard, instruments, clocks and switches, all restored using the original specification chassis installed on site by one of the 6R4 auto-electrick experts; John Bevan. The car is mounted on its original 16 ”Dymag diecast magnesium alloys inside Michelin tires. Authentically finished in its original blue and white color scheme and adorned with the iconic Computervision livery; this 6R4 represents a fundamental part of rally, motorsport and automotive history.
The car after being built by Appleby, the French car museum of Mougine was sold. subsequently the museum went bankrupt and all the cars were obviously sold.
The last owner did a complete overhaul of the engine to check that everything was working, while the bodywork was in excellent and preserved condition.
As for the mechanics, given its inactivity, the cylinder liners were redone, the brakes that were nailed. while the gearbox, differentials, etc. showed no signs of wear. The bodywork is sparkling and scratch-free, recently repainted in a beautiful white and blue livery.
The racing interiors are perfectly set to best accommodate the driver and co-driver and all the instruments on board are highly ergonomic, fully efficient and designed for the race.
Sabelt TRW belts and three-spoke racing steering wheel in black leather.
The car was exhibited at the Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins in France, as a testimony of contemporary art.
Today it is possible to view the car online, by booking a call with one of our commercial operators, via Skype, Zoom, Whatsapp platforms.