Frazer Metro Tickford
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 2
Frazer Cars of Northamptonshire took the humble British Leyland Metro as the basis of a compact luxury car and used Tickford, the coach building arm of the Aston Martin company, to carry out the work on the basis of a 1.3S model with automatic or manual transmission.
From the exterior, the car was recognizable by a large front bumper assembly, which incorporated a spoiler and contained four built-in fog lamps. The extremities of the bumper flowed into wheelarch extensions, and a running-board moulding linked the front and rear wheelarches, which were also extended by means of plastic mouldings. At the rear, a large bumper assembly incorporated two rear fog lamps.
There was a new three-blade grille, and the body colour harmonized with that of the lower-body plastic mouldings. Specially designed alloy wheels carried 175/50 VR 13 Pirelli P7 tyres. Inside the car there were fully reclining seats trimmed in leather and cloth in colours to match the body.
The fascia panel, which was also trimmed in leather, was completely redesigned, with the original instruments complemented by side panels angled towards the driver, holding additional guages and controls such as a voltmeter, oil pressure guage, electric window lift and rear-view mirror switches, and a cruise control, among others.
Sound equipment comprised a radio-cassette player, equalizer, and three-way speakers. Above the driver and passenger was an opening glass sunroof. Engine modifications had been carried out by Aston Martin, and included a cylinder head with larger valves, a new camshaft, and a twin-choke Weber carburetter.
The modifications resulted in an increase of power to 60 kW (approx. 80 bp) and the car has a top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph). Zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) is achieved in 11 seconds. It may not have had the street cred of a Peugeot 205 GTi, but it was unquestionably a British Hot Hatch.