An icon of 1980s motorsport has surfaced in Tasmania, to be auctioned complete with its mid-mounted V6 engine.
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A 1985 MG Metro 6R4 Group B rally car driven by Jimmy McRae – father of legendary rally driver Colin McRae – has surfaced at an auction house in Tasmania.

Originally built as a demonstration vehicle for media events, the Rothmans MG Metro 6R4 is an icon of 1980s Group B rallying, complete with its mid-mounted V6 engine fitted behind the front seats, and powering all four wheels.

Developed by the Williams F1 team, the MG Metro 6R4 was unique in Group B in that it used a non-turbo V6 putting out around 300kW, rather than using turbochargers as favoured by competitors such as Audi and Lancia.

Group B is one of the most notorious eras of motorsports due to the high number of fatalities, largely owing to regulations that encouraged some of the fastest and most powerful rally cars ever seen.

This particular MG Metro 6R4 was one of two purchased by Prodrive for the 1986 season of the World Rally Championship. One was built into a rally car for Jimmy McRae, while this vehicle was built as the team's demo car.

It eventually ended up in the hands of an Australian collector who raced the car at the World Time Attack in Sydney. Unfortunately the engine suffered an oil leak, causing a fire.

The rally car was rebuilt by SR Automotive in Queensland. In the video below from fullBOOST, Stewart Reid from SR Automotive goes through the history of the vehicle in detail, including the story of the light pod which came from Colin McRae's own MG Metro 6R4.

The 1985 MG Metro 6R4 Group B rally car is being auctioned by Pickles Hobart.