993 Geo Metro Convertible is brought by us to an auction of the day’s selection trailer

Some buyers will soon be asking for this 55-horsepower gem from the pinnacle of GM’s subcompact car production.

If you’re looking for a really terrible car from the ’90s with a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine and 13-inch tires, then Bring a trailer will have a car for you.

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

The tiny subway is a product of General Motors’ long-established Geo brand and also once wore the Chevrolet badge.

• With the bid closing on Friday, April 8, the high offer is now $5100. There may be a bargain price for the winning bidder.

UPDATE: The pink subway costs $11,671.

Last week, people had to rub in front of a three-cylinder Toyota. This week, let’s reveal your inner weirdness with the three-pillar Geo. It’s bright red, it’s terrible, and like most other great terrible cars, it’s now commanding the actual amount of money on the Introductory Car Carry — which, like The Car and The Driver, is part of Hearst Autos. The list for this 1993 Metro will end in three days, after which it’s unlikely you’ll be able to afford a similar three-cylinder convertible with 13-inch tires and travel 36,000 miles in a matter of months.

Geo Metro tends to come and go in the automotive news cycle. A 400-mile Chevy-branded subway — the last two-door trapdoor before production quickly ended in 2001 — sold on BaT last November for more than $18,000.

Considering we bought all four at once for $4500 just a few years ago, the top bidder is betting on a bright future. When gas prices skyrocketed to then-record levels in 2008, Metros were sold for more than $7000 (we tested one in 1992 listed at $8,670). The ability to reach more than 50 miles per gallon of small cars is the product of physics, not any technical genius at the Suzuki plant that built them (and Swift) from 1989 to 2001. When an engine object weighing less than a ton cuts through the air with the engine displacement of two water bottles, performance is the only result.

This bright red Metro LSi appears to have been repainted – it’s bright red under the hood – but sellers and many Metro enthusiasts insist this is a feature of the plant. There are also driver-side airbags, air conditioners, rough black soft hoods,

windows can roll up and down, and the Geo center cover is completely intact. The 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine has an electronic gasoline injection system and OBD-I sensor to keep all 55 horsepower and 58 pound-feet of torque in a clean state. Everything looks original except for the JVC stereo. After being acquired in California, magenta Metro lived a quiet life in Las Vegas for about 13 years until moving to Oklahoma and then Colorado. How Geo got to Pennsylvania in one paragraph is a good question to ask in BaT’s comments section.

We don’t need to ask, as we already run many supermarkets. The Metro LSi convertible we tested for the January 1991 issue cost a staggering $11,106 — that’s more than $23,000 modern — so don’t complain about expensive new cars. And don’t scold your car for slowing down. In a major test with 12 cars in 1992, a subway reached speeds of 60 mph in 13.1 seconds. In 2009, a 1998 Chevrolet-branded Metro that we drove as a control object against the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight needed an extra 2.8 seconds. John Phillips wrote: “It takes 20.3 seconds to complete a quarter of a mile, almost double the average amount of time that Americans would listen to Kenny G before switching channels.” The removal of the roof to ensure Metro has “all the structural integrity of hollandaise sauce on the eel tenderloin.” For the first time, Phillips shot for accuracy, not humor.

Magenta Metro’s next owner will miss out on the power steering system and service records. Instead it’s the original owner’s manual, all the original keys, some CDs written in the Sharpie marker, and a brochure on the Geographic Satisfaction System. The auction ends on Friday, April 8. Be careful and enjoy.

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