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.
CAR magazine’s scoop photos
Ian Beech, of the David Bache studio in Solihull produced this design in the closing months of 1975 - these pictures derived from photos of the full-scale model appeared in CAR magazine in September 1981 - as can now be seen, are obviously airbrushed and coloured versions of original photos which were sourced from within the company. Compare the above rear three-quarter image with the original print from the factory (below)... Needless to say, company management was extremely unhappy with the situation.
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