In 2011, Aston Martin amazed everyone by marketing the Cygnet, a Toyota IQ whose front had been modified according to the stylistic codes of the brand, and whose interior had received a luxury treatment. Sold four times more expensive than the Japanese, it was then presented as an “urban mobility solution”. It was not, however, the British manufacturer’s first foray into the city car world, since he had already tried it in 1982 with Frazer-Tickford.
By this time, Aston Martin had absorbed the coachbuilder Tickford and partnered with the British Leyland automotive group to develop an exclusive version of the Austin Metro. The car received a specific body kit, leather and Alcantara interior, cruise control, special paint and its 1.3 engine (that of the Mini) was reworked to develop 80 hp.
Sold at the time more expensive than a Porsche 944, the car was of course a commercial flop and was produced only 26 copies. With only 15,000 km on the odometer, one of them was offered for auction by H&H Auctions. Estimated between 41,600 and 53,500 €, it unfortunately did not find a buyer despite its rarity.