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.
THIS hand-built prototype was an early mule for the LC10 project. A-Series powered and demonstrating obvious space efficiency, it was true to the form. Styled by Steve Ferrada, this prototype bore no resemblance to the final product – although there were rumours that Bertone was involved…
This version of LC10 appears to have Spen King's fingerprints all over it. Even before the Ian Beech styling had been implemented, you can see some of the final product in this, especially around the front.
Rear end is very minimalist indeed.
Offset pedals and a minimalist dash could have you believing this was an Issigonis design. Look closely and you can see quite a bit from the BL parts bin, but one can't help but notice that there is a Maestro "vibe" here... look at the positioning and angle of the stereo slot - it is almost identical to that used in the 1983 production car.
There is acres of room in this prototype - almost as much in the SD1. The thin seats were obviously development only, but they did create interior space unmatched in a car of its size, even today.
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