News : Maestro pick-up surfaces (or is it?)

Carole Nash Classic Insurance Specialists

Craig Cheetham

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?

Rare Camion, or home-made lash-up?
Rare Camion, or home-made lash-up?

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.

Body is rough, but cabin looks reasonable...
Body is rough, but cabin looks reasonable…

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.

How Commercial Motor covered the story in 1985
How Commercial Motor covered the story in 1985. Photo: Commercial Motor

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.

As spotted in 2009 Photo: Maestro.org.uk
As spotted in 2009 – could this be the same truck?  Photo: Maestro.org.uk

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

 

Craig Cheetham

A serial impulsive car purchaser, Craig has had his name on over 200 V5s over the past 20 years. 10 per cent of those have been either 800s or Austin Allegros, with between 10 and 20 cars usually owned at any one time. Started out as a local newspaper journalist then worked for car mags including Auto Express, Classic Car Weekly and Land Rover Owner. Worked inside the car industry for a decade as an employee of General Motors, now works for a news distribution agency. Home based, which is dangerously convenient for further irrational heap purchases. Lover of all makes of car since childhood, with a particular leaning towards Austin-Rover... Father of three boys, so hoping to spread the car love. Other passions include rugby union, travelling and eating out.

4 Comments

  1. Just in case anyone is going to view this it is in Bonnybridge near Falkirk. Easily confused with Bonnyrigg which is near Edinburgh.

  2. The Maestro pickup is known as the Camion. I think there was also a Metro pickup, either A+ or K=series, also known as the Camion, can anyone else recall or show light on this?

  3. Yes I was involved in the conversion of 3 Maestro van pick ups at long bridge.
    These never went into production .they were used solely for running around the long bridge plant.

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