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.
The Harris Mann proposal was available in three and five-door versions, and according to people close to the project, it matured into a very nice looking car. It is probably fair to say that politics led to the decision to go with the Beech design, as David Bache was Director of Design for Leyland Cars, when ADO99 was conceived, Solihull was his “home”, and it was here that the Maestro took shape.
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