5 WAYS TO MAKE IT BET­TER

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

BE SEEN, BE SAFE 1

As with most clas­sics, the Mae­stro’s rear lights are quite low-set, which can be a prob­lem in mod­ern traf­fic. A high-level brake light at the top of the rear win­dow will help to re­duce the risk of a rear-end shunt.

POSH IT UP 2

The leather in posher Mae­stros wasn’t of the best qual­ity, but if you want to im­prove the am­bi­ence of your cabin, it’s pos­si­ble to trans­plant a set of seats and trim pan­els. Elec­tric win­dows are also eas­ily fit­ted.

FIT SEXIER WHEELS 3

A lot of Mae­stros had steel wheels, which are eas­ily re­placed by al­loys from a posher Mae­stro or you could fit a set of MGF rims, which bolt straight on.

UP­GRADE ITS EN­GINE 4

This isn’t the sort of thing you do on a whim, be­cause you also need to up­rate the brakes and sus­pen­sion. But it’s pos­si­ble to fit the 2.0-litre 16-valve T-se­ries en­gine, with or with­out a turbo.

SWAP THE GEAR­BOX 5

Many 1.3-litre Mae­stros were fit­ted with a four-speed gear­box. How­ever, big­ger en­gines came with a five-speed trans­mis­sion and this will go straight onto an A-Se­ries car, al­though you’ll have to swap the link­age to make it work.

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