An Interesting Car from the 1980s with a strange history… What started as a standard Austin Metro was fettled with by Frazer who teamed up with Aston Martins company Tickford, to produce one of the most ‘out-there’ Metro’s ever known!
You could order the interior in ‘standard’ Connolly Leather of any colour, just about everywhere, dashboard, steering wheel, headlining, parcel shelf, you name it and some of the cars were. Also, the floors were finished in Wilton Carpeting throughout, this really was a special car from an era of when velour seats were classed as luxury.
However, most of the luxury items became an option on later cars. In the original brochure price list, most items from the unique wheels to the leather trimmings were all options. The Air Conditioning was, remote tailgate release, alarm, electric steel or glass sunroof, cruise control, rear spoiler, electric door mirrors and the choice of either wool or leather headlining and sun-visors. The dashboard was a special feature, with a binnacle of dials and a ‘stack’ stereo system, which was quite powerful in its day.
The initial cars started with a base 1300 Metro. Although you could later have a choice between MG & MG Turbo cars, later on, to give more power.
The car we owned in the late 1980s was highly specced, with leather headlining, parcel shelf, glass sunroof and all the other tricks including cruise control! It was an amazing car in its day, an original real head-turner. If you know of the car or its destiny then do get in touch…
These cars were also marketed in the states with a sole importer, the adeptly positioned Ray Denwood of Wiltshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills California, for c$30,000! At least the image was right, however, just 3 in LHD form were sold. One has recently returned to the UK.
In total 26 Full Spec Cars were built in all guises. The main colour choice seemed to be Silver, which was the base colour. Some were red, blue, green, brown. Any colour was an option at the time for £1,600. All cars were numbered on the small Frazer badge on the boot.
This build number doesn’t include the aftermarket body-kit finishes which were later available.
Of the number plates I’ve tracked down, there’s an odd sorting of colours and finishes. And the list isn’t complete yet;
FNG138Y / NUK1X / TRH656W / 717VZO / DUR220Y / WMJ141X / A228VDA………..
Here’s an original advert for an Arum White car at an official Aston Martin Dealer in April 1984. There’s a Blue with a red leather car, thought to be No17, this was an original Aston Martin show car. I’ve got an advert somewhere when this came up for sale… I’ll find it soon!
Of Course, the Tickford Owners Club is a great source for all things Tickford and well worth a visit here
Keep watching…. more to follow!