1993 Geo Metro Convertible Is Our Bring a Trailer Auction Pick of the Day

  • Bring a Trailer offers an automobile for you if you’re looking for a truly horrible car from the 1990s with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine and 13-inch tyres.
  • The little Metro was a product of General Motors’ long-defunct Geo brand, and it even sported the Chevrolet badge at one point.
  • The high offer is currently $5100, with bidding set to expire on Friday, April 8. The successful bidder may be able to negotiate a lower price.
1993 Geo Metro Convertible

Everyone went crazy over a three-cylinder Toyota last week. Show off your inner freak for a three-cylinder Geo this week. It’s magenta, it’s bad, and, like most wonderful terrible vehicles, it’s now fetching real money on Bring a Trailer, which is owned by Hearst Autos, along with Car and Driver. This 1993 Metro’s listing will expire in three days, after which you will most likely be unable to find another three-cylinder convertible with 13-inch tyres and 36,000 kilometres for several months.

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In the automotive news cycle, the 1993 Geo Metro Convertible comes and goes. Last November, a 400-mile Chevy-branded Metro—the very last two-door hatch before manufacture abruptly halted in 2001—sold for more than $18,000 on BaT. The winning bidder is betting on a bright future, considering we bought four at once for $4500 just a few years ago. When gas prices hit historic highs in 2008, Metros were selling for over $7000 (we tested one in 1992 that was priced at $8670). The ability of the little cars to achieve 50 miles per gallon was due to physics, not any technological brilliance at the Suzuki factory that produced them (and the Swift) from 1989 to 2001. Efficiency is the only result when a motorised device weighing less than a tonne cuts through the air with the engine displacement of two water bottles.

1993 Geo Metro Convertible Is Our Bring a Trailer Auction Pick of the Day

Although this magenta Metro LSi appears to have been resprayed (the hood is brilliant red), the vendor and many Metro fans argue that this was a factory feature. A driver’s side airbag, air conditioning, a scrunchy black soft top, windows that slide up and down, and superb Geo hubcaps round out the package. Electronic fuel injection and OBD-I sensors maintain the 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine’s 55 horsepower and 58 pound-feet of torque in good form. Except for the JVC stereo, everything appears to be original. Following its purchase in California, the magenta Metro spent the next 13 years or so in Las Vegas before moving to Oklahoma and eventually Colorado. In the BaT comments, it’s a reasonable question to ask how baby Geo made it to Pennsylvania in one piece.

1993 Geo Metro Convertible Is Our Bring a Trailer Auction Pick of the Day

We don’t have to inquire because we’ve driven a lot of 1993 Geo Metro Convertible. Don’t complain about new cars being expensive; the Metro LSi convertible we drove for our January 1991 issue cost $11,106, which is more than $23,000 in today’s money. Also, don’t yell at your own car if it’s taking too long. A Metro reached 60 mph in 13.1 seconds during a 12-car mega test in 1992. We tested a Chevrolet-branded 1998 Metro against the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight in 2009, and it took 2.8 seconds longer.

“It takes 20.3 seconds to cover a quarter-mile, about double the average amount of time that Americans will listen to Kenny G before changing channels,” John Phillips noted. The Metro now has “all the structural integrity of hollandaise sauce on fillet d’eel” after the roof was removed. Phillips was aiming for accuracy rather than hilarity this time.

The pink Metro’s next owner will be without power steering and service records. The original owner’s manuals, all of the original keys, a Sharpie-marked CD, and a brochure advertising the Geo Satisfaction System are all in their place. The auction will close on April 8th. Combine with caution and delight.

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