For sale: The Geo Metro Gnome


Happy New Year, Hoons! By now, most regular readers have shaken off the hangover from the bizarre Hooniversal Car of the Year results and are ready to move on to a fresh calendar (possibly the Hooniverse calendar). Naturally, there must be no better way to ring in 2014 than with the purchase of one of the most incredible crapcans ever built. The builders/owners/four-time race winners of the Honda CBR-powered Geo Metro known as the “Geo Metro Gnome” have listed it for sale on the 24 Hours of LeMons Forums.

[Source: 24 Hours of LeMons Forum]

Read a bit more after the jump.

“What’s it like to pilot one of the most effective machines in the History on LeMons?  A car so magnificent that some of the greatest LeMons minds have sought to capture it’s essence in their imitations.  The Gnome denies all but it’s master it’s essence and here is your chance to become that person and move forward with a plan for total DOMINATION of this the sport of kings.

Imagine.  The sun drops low as it presides over a perfect race wherein your cut-like-a-diamond sequential dog box is busting 12 grand upshifts as your highly tuned, aero equipped, race car slices through a pack of lesser competitors.  Popping mad downshifts you sail past the velvet ropes that demarcate the braking zones reserved for LeMons royalty.  Just the crackle of your exhaust sends Fox bodied fools back to the Broke Dick corral for more pulleys and flows while BMW E3x drivers who dare entertain the concept to keeping up are left slack jawed as you rip turn one of T-Hill with nary a lift, the Gnome’s air hungry ITB’s held agape by their demanding master’s right foot as the tires become one with the pave’.  That’s right, WFO is a lifestyle and this car is your ticket to the executive washroom.  Come up on traffic at closing speeds so shocking, that other racers surrender en mass, fingers probing the air in a point-by motion that really says ‘be gentle’.  Bulging eyes usually reserved for those in mental health facilities are clearly visible through your visor as you wipe off would be hangers-on by shooting nearly invisible gaps in traffic; maneuvers that lay waste to Issac Newton’s best work.  Clear track, the tach winds up and the engine reports with an exhaust note so sharp and shrill  that corner workers are rendered sightless, unable to say if an errant pass under yellow might or might not have occurred.  Advantage: Geo.  Feel the rush of success as rounding the last turn of many turns, the radio crackles with the familiar words: ‘You! Just! Took! The CHECKER!’.


1990 Geo Metro with a Honda CBR1000RR motorcycle engine in passenger seat area driving rear wheel via chain.  Dynos out to 140hp at the wheels.  Weighs about 1800lbs at the green flag. 4 wheel independent suspension.  4 wheel disk brakes.  12 gallon fuel cell that’s good for two hours at race pace. 4 tires last 2 full race weekends.  Very effective aero package.  Car is currently running and has a motor/trans that’s never been raced.

What is a car like this worth?  $500 of course.  But then there is a discussion about all the rest.  Spares. Safety. Wheels Tires. Brakes. Build cost?  Who can say.  Let’s start at $4500 all in. If you really really really think your are the person to become part of the Gnome legacy email Alex at and we’ll talk about it.  I will provide a buyer some tech support to make sure they get to enjoy the car properly.”


But that’s all elementary. If you’ve ever wanted a tin-top racer that performs like a “real racecar,” then the Metro Gnome is your dog. The price does sound like a lot for a crapcan, sure, but this is one of the most unique and original racecars ever built, engineered on a shoestring budget and built in a garage, just the way so many great and innovative racecars have been throughout history. The Metro Gnome drives like, looks like, and—most importantly—sounds like far more than the sum of its parts. Some of the team members work in film, so they have produced some great of my favorite crapcan video:


And this one (which may look better here):



[Photos: Murilee Martin]


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12 responses to “For sale: The Geo Metro Gnome”

  1. Eric Rood Avatar
    Eric Rood

    And, of course, its owners posted that the car was sold at the very moment this post went live.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      That's okay. I, for one, have no desire to own "a tin-top racer that performs like a 'real racecar.'"
      I'll stick with what I know.

  2. LTDScott Avatar

    The price is pretty damn reasonable considering all of the work that has been done to it. Also, I'm 98% sure that this car was advertised for sale (as a street car) for $2500 before it became a LeMons racer: powered-me…
    Obviously the link and images are long gone, but I remember when this car debuted as a LeMons racer I was convinced it was the same car I saw on Jalopnik and called them out on the purchase price, but nobody listened.
    That was back when I cared a lot more about rules and competitors, etc. Now I race for the fun of it. It was also long before I spent $300 for a clear piece of plastic to put on our race car that does nothing but kill our aerodynamics and melt if you leave it in the sun too long.

    1. LTDScott Avatar

      I found my complaint post, and it appears I was right:
      So yeah, $4500 ain't so bad when you consider the cost of all of the racing equipment (cage, seat, etc) and spares.

      1. Eric Rood Avatar
        Eric Rood

        Ace detective work!

    2. Eric Rood Avatar
      Eric Rood

      The video still works. Interesting. Did you ever ask them if it was the same car? It sure looks pretty similar to the early incarnations of the front-drive Metro Gnome, though the one in that old video looks like it might have had a slightly different intake setup, which is totally alterable.
      Good pic(s) of the early Metro Gnome here (which should be required LeMons/Hoon reading, even if it's not on Hooniverse):

      1. LTDScott Avatar

        I forgot that they relocated the engine from the front to the passenger side, so yeah, even more work put into it since it was originally sold.

  3. lowflyin Avatar

    The Metro-Gnome was one of the first videos I watched upon learning of the 24 hours of LeMons.The Metro-Gnome was one of the first videos I watched upon learning of the 24 hours of LeMons.
    I'm slightly jealous of the new owners.
    Who am I kidding? I am extremely jealous!
    Treat her well!

  4. Irishzombieman☆ Avatar

    Saw this last night. My head almost popped.
    As a long-time Geo owner, this car inspires me. The driver I talked to at Buttonwillow described it as the biggest piece of crap he'd ever raced. He also said it was the fastest piece of crap he'd ever raced.

  5. GnomeFabTech Avatar

    Thanks for all the kind words!! The new buyer is a LeMons vet with a good team and knows motorcycles well. The Gnome will be back soon and probably faster than ever.

    1. vwminispeedster Avatar

      Stick a 5 liter with pulley'n'flows in the back seat and it will DOMINATE!!!!!

  6. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    I'm so glad they upgraded to disk brakes. I bid $499.99.

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