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.
Body in white
The long-awaited picture of the three-door Maestro proposal. (Photo supplied by Richard Bremner)
Stephen Harper styling sketches
With all-new pressings from the A-pillar back, the Maestro suddenly starts looking exciting. Note the duo-tone paint that predicted the 'Roverisation' of the range from 1987.
All of these images were created in 1983 by Stephen Harper. As can be seen, it’s entirely possible to create a very different looking Maestro, although admittedly, these schemes would require rarther a lot of re-engineering. Interestingly, they all feature front bumpers that look remarkably like the 1988 Turbo version later produced by Tickford…
The high performance Turbo version featured bold side graphics and large wheels...
It looks even sleeker with a Renault 11-style glassback rear window.
Without the rear bustle, there's an almost VAG-look about the Maestro three-door in this form.
A great rendering of how the three-door Maestro may well have looked had they pushed the ‘go’ button.
And how it might have looked in production... (Image: Mark Mastrototaro)
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