Group B 1985 MG Metro 6R4 for auction in Tasmania

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Last hours to secure yourself a piece of Group B history

Group B famously birthed some of the most famously insane racecars in modern history, and was ultimately disbanded at the end of 1986 following the tragic deaths of three spectators at the Portugese rally, and the later death of Henri Toivonen and navigator Sergio Cresto.

This 1985 MG Metro 6R4 typifies the unhinged racers of the period; with huge box flares and aero, prodigious amounts of boost and power, and full-time AWD.


Amazingly, this one calls Launceston Tasmania home, and is up for auction at Pickles until tonight, Wednesday July 29, at 8:00pm.

This particular Metro 6R4 was previously housed in the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania; and is reportedly one of ten owned by "Rothmans" for use as promotional cars.


After Group B’s disbandment, the car bounced around between various Australasian car collectors, and ran in the English Rally Championships in its early life in private hands.


The current owner purchased the vehicle in 2012, and promptly refurbished the vehicle and entered it in the Australian Rally Championships during a demonstration event, and later took part in a demonstration event at Eastern Creek in 2014.

Unfortunately, an oil hose blew at Eastern Creek and the car caught fire, after which it was completely rebuilt utilising genuine Metro spares.

Since that rebuild, the car has received approximately only six hours of running time, with the owner maintaining "impeccable" service history since.


The only deviations from the car’s original specification is the engine management system, currently managed by an Autronic ECU as opposed to the original Lupus system. The car has also had electric power steering fitted.

A set of four or six factory gravel spec rally wheels will be included upon sale. Along with the currently-fitted tarmac spec wheels.

Just one bid has been lodged on the Group B Metro, with bidding currently sitting at AU$200,000.

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