I cannot understand the mindset of anyone willing to pay 5 figures for a Geo Metro in *any* condition. It's not like these were well-loved cars, high quality cars or even rare cars. These were cheap, bland appliances. Whatever it sells for, it will neither be a great investment for the buyer or seller. That $11K spent to purchase this vehicle would have netted far more if invested in the stock market (not even accounting for carrying costs such as insurance, etc.). And there's no way the auction winner is going to get any reasonable rate of return, either. Which leaves just one option: someone buying it for the love of the vehicle. But who is that? It's not exactly going to enlist a gasp of excitement when the garage door opens to reveal this special "barn find". 😄
I'm guessing one of the active bidders represents the GM auto museum. 🙂
This will go high! Small cars are becoming rare, and the competition for them is on the rise. The only thing holding this one down is the color. Any color at all other than white would have been a bonus. I' ve been looking for nice Metro's for some time now, and I'm not alone.
I had a co-worker that had one of these and he loved it! Drove it long enough for it to need an engine overhaul and he opined that doing it was “one step above a lawn mower motor rebuild “. His wife wrecked the car (and survived!) at around the ten year mark. He pined for the longest time over the loss. Great mileage, on regular gas with simplicity in design. For him, it was the perfect car.
Where I live out in the country, I like most drive faster than this thing would top out at. Cute but a death machine waiting to get ran over or pushed off the road. Remember Homer Simpson was after Ned Flanders and his kids on foot and was gaining on their Geo Metro. The kids were yelling hurry dad he is gaining on us and Ned told the kids he had it floored.
This car with it's 1liter clatter box was about as durable as an ice cube sliding on 120F asphalt. Daihatsu's 1liter in my opinion is the best gasoline 3 cylinder ever produced. Even though the power numbers are almost the same, the Charade could get there much quicker and a whole lot smoother. To see the difference in the engine builds between the two just open up the rocker covers and look at the cam and valve trains. Just by that alone one can see the difference of design quality. That and fuel induction. The Charade's multipoint plenum injection compared to the Geo's single throttle body injection. I purchased a Charade in 1990 and I'm still driving it virtualy trouble free but to be forthright it did recently blow a head gasket. It took me a couple of days and $50 bucks to repair to get me behind the wheel again. No complaints.
Well, the fuel pump went from age and non-use, which isn't a big surprise really. Things like that need to be run to prevent seals from drying up and such. I want a used Metro, but I don't want to preserve it! I want the drivetrain for a Morganesque three wheeler build... Still, I could see someone paying what would be a high amount for this car. In another 20 years it will be the only under 1000 mile example out there... a preserved piece of history. Close to $20K though ($18.5K 11/03/21 with one day to go)? That's a good bit higher than I expected. $12-15K maybe...
Well haters, the jokes are funny but I put 286K on one and it was still running well when the New England metal cancer kept it from passing inspection. Nothing ever went wrong with it that I didn't inflict on it myself. At $18K it's not much more than a new Chevy Spark (the cheapest new car according to a quick Google search) and it comes without all the maddening technology. In my state, a buyer would save even more; the sales tax would be based on the book value!