This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Mini Metro and an online exhibition has been created by the British Motor Museum to celebrate a car that divided opinion.


Originally under the Austin marque, the first model was designed in just over six weeks. The cheapest model was £3,095, undercutting its main rival, the Ford Fiesta, by £65. Seventeen years later, now badged as the Rover 100, Metro number 2,078,219 became the final car to emerge from the production line.


40 years on from its launch and online fans are growing - fuelled by family nostalgia.


Cat Griffin, curator at the British Motor Museum, said: "We've got a loads of cars in our collection here and we like to celebrate the ordinary as being extraordinary, just as much as the super cars."


"Sometimes you'll have a great moment in the museum where someone who actually worked on the car can find their name here on it. And it's those little connections of people learning to drive in the Metro, people's first car being the Metro - and that's what they connect with." The last Metro ever built at the Longbridge factory in Birmingham was R100 END, and the signatures on its paintwork are from the people who helped to produce it.


There appears to be an emotional Mini Metro renaissance with about 300 cars at the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire - but only one is adorned with 1,000 signatures.