HIGHLIGHTS

  • Huge history file back to 1988
  • Original and unrestored condition
  • MOT September 2024
  • Tax, MOT and ULEZ exempt from next year

THE APPEAL

Marking its 40th anniversary this year, the ‘Miracle Maestro’ was one Austin-Rover’s great white hope. A car that the manufacturer hoped would put it back on an even keel with the likes of VW, Ford and GM by replacing the aged Allegro with a thoroughly modern hatchback for the thrusting 1980s. 

And it got most of the formula right. The Maestro was styled to look strikingly modern for its era – its trademark scalloped sides marking it out as bit different from its rivals – while the interior featured a one-piece dash moulding, lots of square edges and chunky controls, along with modern fonts and graphics. Posh models even had digital dials and a voice synthesiser.

This one is a bit further down the trim tree – a humble 1.3L and a very early car, which next year will become tax, MOT and ULEZ exempt. The vendor acquired it from a probate sale this year, with the car having been owned by father and son since 1988, when it was just four years old. 

It comes with 35 years of invoices and paperwork and has clearly been thoroughly well-loved and had money spent on it when required.





 THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK

  • UK V5C 
  • Will be supplied with fresh MOT valid until September 2024
  • Massive folder of bills and service history going right back to 1988
  • Every MOT certificate from 1988 onwards
  • Handbook
  • Original used car sales invoice from 1988, showing a purchase price of £2,950 and a Ford Escort Mk 2 being traded in
  • Over 80 invoices and receipts documenting work carried out over the past 35 years
  • Copies of old V5s and a letter from the second owner’s son to the DVLC notifying them of his father’s death and him taking ownership
  • Maestro and Montego Owners Club documents
  • More recent correspondence following death of the previous owner and transfer of ownership into his estate
  • Remarkable amount of service history and a car with a genuine story to tell
  • Collection of jazz music cassette tapes included with the car as they came with it!




THE INTERIOR

  • Smart brown dashboard in very good condition
  • Chocolate brown cloth seats in great condition
  • Original Phillips radio-cassette in full working order
  • Good carpets, door cards and headlining
  • Original jack and tools
  • Spacious, tidy luggage area
  • All controls and switches work as intended
  • One piece of plastic pillar trim missing




THE EXTERIOR 

  • Cashmere Gold metallic paint
  • Completely original and with no major paintwork or accident repairs
  • Good tyres all-round
  • Generally smart paint finish – polishes up well with no lacquer peel
  • Rear strut towers welded several years ago to a high standard
  • Appears very solid underneath
  • Some rust bubbles on front wheel arches, door bottoms and rear arch lower parts – nothing structural
  • Some stone chips and general marks to body commensurate with the car being 39 years old and unrestored, but still presents well and is remarkably straight and tidy for an early Maestro
  • All lights and trim in good order
  • Supplying used dealer number plates
  • Always been based in London and garaged for most of its life, which has led to the car surviving remarkably well

THE MECHANICS 

  • 1,275cc 4cyl OHV Austin-Rover A-Series A+ engine
  • Four-speed manual gearbox
  • Drives really well – accelerates smoothly through the rev range, engages all gears smoothly
  • Brakes, suspension and steering all work well – vendor drove the car home 70 miles from collection with no issues at all
  • Recent exhaust




SUMMARY

What you’re looking at here is the very definition of a survivor – most Maestros have long since disappeared, but this one is still going strong and has been loved and cared for by father-and-son for the past 35 years, maintained regularly and always kept in good running order. 

It’s a very tidy and presentable car, solid and strong, and with a few minor cosmetic improvements will be a fabulous example. As it stands it’s an eminently usable and likeable retro car with a new MOT and a fantastic history file – with tax, MOT and ULEZ exemption imminent, it’s great option for an oddball daily driver, or as a car to preserve as a piece of British motoring and social history.  

So many people have owned one or had a family member with a Maestro, and it’s a fantastic slice of Eighties nostalgia…

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1984
  • Make Austin
  • Model Maestro 1.3L
  • Colour Gold
  • Odometer 99,000 Miles
  • Engine size 1275
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Chatteris
  • Location Cambridgeshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
2 bids
  • Ta•••• £1,500 16/09/23
  • Ja•••• £1,000 15/09/23
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