Maestro/Montego

The Metro started BL on its road to recovery, but if it was going to be a long term thing, then it needed to be followed up by equally popular mid-sized counterparts. However, the Maestro and Montego failed to capitalise on the lead pulled out by the impressive new supermini.

The cars : Maestro/Montego development story

The cars : Maestro/Montego development story

The Metro started BL on its road to recovery, but if it was going to be a long term thing, then it needed to be followed up by equally popular mid-sized counterparts. However, the Maestro and Montego failed to capitalise on the lead pulled out by the impressive new supermini. Back from the brink? IN […]

Concepts and prototypes : Longbridge LC10 proposals

Concepts and prototypes : Longbridge LC10 proposals

LC10 was a conventional family hatchback in every sense of the word, and followed industry standard thinking in terms of mechanical layout. However, because of internal politics, lack of resources and the fact that the Metro had to come first, the Maestro seven years to get into production. Longbridge proposal

Concepts and prototypes : Meet the LC family

Concepts and prototypes : Meet the LC family

Sometime in 1979, the Austin-Morris product planners would have met with BL’s upper management to explain the LM10 strategy. This model set perfectly demonstrates how the Montego saloon and estate were developed from the Maestro, and more intriguingly, how an upper middle market hatchback was also planned. The modular model is comprised of a centre […]

Concepts and prototypes : LM10 and LM11 facelifts

Concepts and prototypes : LM10 and LM11 facelifts

You’ve seen the photoshops and the styling proposals, but here for the first time are the images that all Maestro and Montego fans have been waiting for. Thanks to Roy Axe, we get our first glimpse of the improved versions of the two cars that failed to sell in the numbers anticipated by their management. […]

Concepts and prototypes : AR7 Maestro facelift

Concepts and prototypes : AR7 Maestro facelift

The industry norm for the mid-1980s was for a car design to last about three-to-four years before it received its first facelift. In the case of the Maestro, the first facelift was planned for even before the original hit the streets. With thanks to Stephen Harper we now know just how radically they were thinking […]

Concepts and prototypes : LM11 saloon and LM11E estate

Concepts and prototypes : LM11 saloon and LM11E estate

Part of a three-pronged attack on the medium car sector, the LM11 was to be BL’s new mid-sized saloon, based heavily on the upcomng LM10 (nee LC10). LM11 was originally planned to sit closer to the LM10, performing a similar role to the hatchback that the VW Jetta does to the Golf, or the Orion […]

Blog : Happy 30th birthday, Montego

Blog : Happy 30th birthday, Montego

Keith Adams Oh, how time flies! The cold realisation that today marks the 30th Anniversary of the launch of the Austin Montego hits home just how time’s moved on – and how, if events had been kinder, the company which made this car might well still be with us. Indeed, in a way, it feels apt that we’re […]

Blog : 30 years of the Maestro

Blog : 30 years of the Maestro

Keith Adams Last month, we celebrated the 30th birthday of the Peugeot 205, and most of us ended up marvelling at how the French got it right first time; how well the baby Pug has aged, and how quickly three decades seem to have passed. March 2013 sees the Maestro cross the same landmark, and […]

From the archive : January 1983

From the archive : January 1983

Thirty years ago, British Leyland was on the cusp of launching its most important car in a decade – the Austin Maestro. And the company management was already beginning the important task of briefing the press… The Times, January 1983 BL’s hopes riding on Maestro in the medium car market On the road special report […]

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Concepts : Montego ‘Lifestyle’ estate

Concepts : Montego ‘Lifestyle’ estate

Rover Special Products was one busy department during the early 1990s, and proof positive is this design sketch from Steve Harper. Keith Adams Jacked-up Monty As we know, Rover Special Products was a hot-house within the Rover Group, tasked with devising niche vehicles that could bring additional profit and glamour to the company’s model range […]

News : Yema F12 takes Maestro platform further…

News : Yema F12 takes Maestro platform further…

Yema, the current owner of the long-lived Maestro/Montego platform and tooling in China, has released its third SUV model, the F12. It’s a facelift of a facelift of a facelift, and features body styling redolent of the early 2000s Subaru Forester, with a new nose that’s clearly inspired by the Kia Sportage. Currently, only one […]

Events : ‘Comps’ Maestro to Le Mans 24 Hour

Events : ‘Comps’ Maestro to Le Mans 24 Hour

Keith Adams Friend of AROnline and all-round good-egg, James Agger, is taking his latest purchase to this year’s Le Mans 24 Hour, and is hoping to raise some money for BEN, and a few smiles along the way. The car he’s picked up is an original ex-Rodacar Ledbury-built Maestro, with that ideal LHD set-up, and […]

Technician’s Update: Monte’s back from the dead!

Technician’s Update: Monte’s back from the dead!

Even small but reputable garages can muck up even the simple and routine tasks, but this one caused much head scratching for all involved… Words & Pictures Mike Humble / MMOC  A great car just dying to get out? In the past, I may have made the odd pithy remark about the Maestro and Montego, […]

Unsung Heroes : MG Maestro 2.0 EFi

Unsung Heroes : MG Maestro 2.0 EFi

Another view through rose tinted spectacles at some once common automotive sights here in the UK. This time, our very own Austin Rover features here with their own slant on the ‘Hot Hatch’  The MG Maestro EFi, but the car hardly made a flying start as Mike Humble explains. Gone but not forgotten Whatever people say […]

Chinese Maestro : Lubao CA6410

Chinese Maestro : Lubao CA6410

The aquisition of production rights for the Maestro by Etsong intended to signal the beginning of a new venture. However, it was the First Auto Works (FAW), who took over the Etsong project. This was not their first ex-BMC>Rover product… Etsong, first Following the ill-fated Bulgarian adventure, the Maestro/Montego found a new home in China. […]

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Not their finest hour : Austin Maestro 1.3HLE

Not their finest hour : Austin Maestro 1.3HLE

AROnline takes a look back at some of the memorable automotive blunders in more recent times from both our own, and rival makes. This time Mike Humble offers you a treat from our very own Austin Rover. Pray silence please for the Maestro HLE… The miracle Maestro? Now don’t get me wrong, but the Maestro is by no […]

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Unsung Heroes : Austin Maestro 1.3

Unsung Heroes : Austin Maestro 1.3

Anyone who knows Keith Adams might be a little surprised at this choice of Unsung Hero, especially considering the chequered history he has with A-Series Maestros. But despite the dramas, there’s no doubting that Spen King’s post-Allegro Volkswagen Golf remix was far more worthy than the sum of its parts. The unfulfilled symphony If we […]

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Unsung Heroes: Montego Turbo Diesel

Unsung Heroes: Montego Turbo Diesel

Mike Humble takes a sideways look at one of the sheds that littered the highways and by-ways of the UK. The Montego might have been a little tired by 1989, but the addition of a turbodiesel breathed new life into it. And for Mike Humble, that record breaking economy and unburstability should be celebrated. New […]

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Video : MG Maestro Rallysprint 1983

Video : MG Maestro Rallysprint 1983

Keith Adams The Austin Rover Rallysprint was a legendary annual motor sport event that ran throughout the early 1980s, and saw rally drivers pitched against their F1 counterparts to see which discipline bred the best drivers. In 1983, an all-star grid was assembled that included Nigel Mansell, Jimmy McRae, John Watson, Pentti Arikkala, Derek Warwick, […]

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Yema SQJ6450

Yet another rebirth of the Maestro… It’s true what they say: you cannot keep a good one down. However, the current custodians of the Maestro/Montego line have seen fit to give the old girl a thorough going over. Words: Alexander Boucke Re-re-birth! The Chengdu-based Sichuan Auto Industry Group Company Ltd. has revived the old Maestro […]

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Jiefang (Liberation) CA 6440 UA

Erik van Ingen Schenau captured the van version of the Chinese Maestro in the wild. Somehow, the full-depth bumper really suits it… Erik found these Maestro vans, relating the tale thus: “In June 2004, at the Asia Village Auto Market in Beijing (this is the largest dealer exhibit of new cars in China), I found […]

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