The Austin Montego was launched in 1984 amid high hopes from its maker. It was built until 1994, the Austin, MG and (Rover) Montego should be considered a commercial failure in comparison with its predecessor, the Morris Marina and Ital.
Considering the Montego is so closely based on the Austin Maestro, its styling is far more mainstream thanks to some very clever design tweaks. Hardly handsome, but certainly a departure. Built to capture the hearts and minds of the UK’s company car drivers, the Montego performed exceedingly well considering its less-than-inspired underpinnings.
Wide range of engines (from 1.3- to 2.0-litres) and trim levels make this a car for all people, and as it’s currently unloved, it’s a bargain buy. Seven-seat Countryman estate is a cheap and very stylish people carrier – just make sure those sills aren’t too rusty and the engine is leak-free.