There is no seat on the fence when it comes to the subway, a car originally intended to replace the Mini designed by Issigonis. Matthew Lynch, who owns this magnificent example Applejack Green since the beginning of 2018, said: "A lot of people come to say," Wow, I got one as my first car "or" I learned to drive in "one" – and then the opposite reaction complete; & # 39; C & # 39; was a [expletive] Lynch confirms that his car is one of the few remaining parts of the first year of production. It's also, apparently, "the only one left in Applejack Green". Lynch also notes that the subway "has earned a reputation for being a retiree's caddy that was just rusting", which contrasts sharply with the anticipation created by the British car's "line of advertising for beat the world "at its launch in the late 1980s. Of course, the same year also saw the Morris Ital go wild on an anxious public with indifference because it was a play of museum compared to the Metro looking to the future. Not even TV advertising slightly desperate (not to mention jingo) could not soothe the feeling of excitement of this product potentially better than the world.

The standard entry-level version meant a dramatic lack of comfort, such as a rear wiper, while the seats were vinyl rather than the fabric of the next L version. More

The memory of a Metro Standard recorded in the W must be assailed by the memories of 1981 – the last days of the three-channel television and a time when social aspirations aspired to a Sony C7 video recorder Betamax and where the supermini of BL was really fashionable. Car the magazine felt that this represented "a very big step forward in expanding the acceptability of the small car", Metros appeared under the name of Panda Cars in an extremely depressing soap opera Juliette Bravo, and of course the future Princess Diana drove an L.

Margaret Thatcher arrived in a subway to open the Intentional Automobile Show in Birmingham in October 1980, when the model was launched. Credit: Graham Turner / Hulton Archive More

The range was redone in 1984, but at that time, the market was dominated by the Fiat Uno and the Peugeot 205. In Standard version, the Lynch metro is inevitably less luxurious. the Vanden Plas we presented last year; even a rear wiper and cloth trim were the preserve of the L and the top. In the early 1980s, the level of equipment was as limited as that of the race. For £ 3,156, you purchased electric window washers, a plumb mirror and 'made in a nice embossed vinyl' seats. The story continues

Only 10 of these poverty specification versions are known to survive – and Lynch's fascination with the metro goes back to 2012. "One of my very good friends had two versions of the MG of 1983, and he let me try one. Being an impressionable teenager, I thought it was a great little car and I wanted one since. "

The 1.0-liter A-Series engine has been coupled to a four-speed gearboxMore

In addition to the distinctive paint finish, Lynch particularly loves the drivetrain, although customers begin to complain about the lack of fifth gear (and that the venerable push-A Series engine has been around since 1951), he "loves the humming of the first report. Even if 25 years after the disappearance of the name of Metro, Lynch estimates that the attitudes vis-à-vis the subway are changing now. Most people have good comments about the car in person, especially on the forecourt. The example of the Applejack Green is "a permanent fixture with the MG ZT260 for the summer". And who could stand up to a car equipped with "seat belt wear warning lights and brakes on a 1981 car, well ahead of its time"?For tips and tricks, visit our Tips section, or sign up for our newsletter right hereFind a carStories of more classic cars at Telegraph Cars