5 WAYS TO MAKE IT BETTER
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.