A Maestro pick-up has surfaced at a scrapyard in Bonnybrigg, Scotland, but is it a rare survivor of a known conversion, or simply a home-converted 700 van?
The truck, which is in very poor condition, is located at AllParts Auto Salvage in the Falkirk town and has already had several parts removed.
There was never an official Maestro pick-up, but there was a known conversion produced from 1985 by Austin-Rover Main Dealer BMG (Bletchley Motor Group), based on the outskirts of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.
Using a Maestro van as a base, BMG cut away the roof and blanked off the rear bulkhead with double diaphragm steel and a strengthening rib, leaving a 17.5-inch deep load bay based around the original van floor.
The tailgate was the same as that used by the Ital pick-up, modified to fit the Maestro Van door aperture – called the Maestro Camion, BMG offered the truck as a £450 conversion, complete with 12-month warranty. The story was covered in April 1985 by Commercial Motor magazine, and can be viewed in full here.
There was at least one Maestro pick-up known to exist in Scotland, as it was spotted by a reader on the maestro.org.uk forum in 2009, complete with Central Garage, Aberdeen livery.
It’s impossible to tell from the pictures, though, if this is a genuine Camion, or a home conversion.
While the pick-up is probably way beyond salavation (unless you’re really, really brave), you can view the sales link here…