Concepts and prototypes : LC10 Car magazine scoop

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.
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.

Keith Adams

3 Comments

  1. Yes, I remember these photographs accompanied an article where car where adamant that the Maestro WILL have hydrogas suspension and gearbox in the sump. Then as now, dont you just love motoring journalists?

  2. And a 1.7 O Series engine as well.

    But, as long as we keep buying the reports, they’ll keep making it up. AutoExpress do very well out of this to a his very day!

    • I’ve also got a copy of CAR from 1986 that with absolute authority and certainty states that all new European Fords from the 1988 Fiesta (it was actually 1989) onward will be rebadged Mazdas. I guess motoring journalists are first and foremost journalists so any old shite will do to get copy on the editors desk before lunch time. Right, I’m off to prepare for the coldest, warmest, snowiest, wettest, stormiest winter in 1000 years.

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