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 […]

Blog : 30 years of the Maestro

Nicolette Mackenzie

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

Maestro Scoop 1981

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 […]

Concepts : Montego ‘Lifestyle’ estate

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…

Yema F12: Maestro meets Kia?

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

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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!

The Montego 1.6 Estate - A Mechanics dream - but sometimes a nightmare!

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

The MG Maestro had some pretty serious exposure at the beginning of its life.

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

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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. […]

Not their finest hour : Austin Maestro 1.3HLE

Looking resplendant in it's shade of prosthetic limb (rattan) beige - The early Meastro 1.3 HLE

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 […]

Unsung Heroes : Austin Maestro 1.3

Podgy steering aside, the Maestro 1.3L was actually quite a good drive...

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 […]