ENGINE 1275cc/4-cyl/OHV POWER 68bhp@5800rpm TORQUE 75lb ft@3500rpm MAXIMUM SPEED 97mph 0-60MPH 12.9sec FUEL CONSUMPTION 28-30mpg TRANSMISSION FWD, four-speed manual MoT 12 months ODOMETER 37,416 miles
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
This Maestro would make for a dependable, yet cheap-torun Eighties classic. The engine starts well and although the gearchanges are initially notchy, it becomes easier to swap between ratios as the the car warms up. The 1.3L keeps pace with modern traffic and, being a fairly lightweight vehicle, the steering doesn’t feel overly heavy. Its long-travel suspension soaks up most imperfections in the road and makes for a surprisingly comfortable ride. There’s a high biting point on the clutch, but overall it’s an entirely competent vehicle free of worrying mechanical woes.
This Maestro is surprisingly solid with the bodywork in good condition overall. The multicoloured paintwork and plastic trim is still bright and fresh with no scratches or paintchips to be found. Some minor rust has begun to bubble through on the lower grey section of both the driver and passenger doors, but the bottom edges are completely free from degradation. The sills and underside are clean, although a close inspection will reveal a repair to the inner doorframe on the driver’s side. The thin red and black coachlines remain complete down the sides of the Maestro, though the Austin wheel trims are slightly scuffed and the indicator light covers would benefit from some reconditioning work.
HOW’S THE INTERIOR?
The interior is in highly original condition, from the brown dashboard and yellow gauge needles to the beige cloth seats, detailed with red, brown and light blue stitching. The doorcards and carpets are in excellent condition and behind the steering wheel all the gauges work. The passenger sunvisor has incurred damage, with a tear to the cloth revealing the yellow foam inside. The headlining has not worn well and is sagging over the rear seats. The boot is clean, with a grey carpet covering spare wheel and tools.
UNDER THE BONNET
Opening the Maestro’s bonnet reveals a clean and tidy engine bay within which sits the A-series engine. It runs free from leaks or concerning noises and all of fluids sit at their maximum levels. The wiring is impeccably neat and the electronics are in good health too. This 1.3L has only seen two previous owners, each of which has ensured that it’s properly and regularly serviced. Its history also includes an original Maestro handbook, plus a UK dealer list.
THE CCW VIEW
It’s refreshing to find an Austin Maestro that has been well looked after and maintained throughout its life. Although the headlining is in need of replacement, this 1.3L provides a very original package that should offer many years of cheap but reliable motoring with a retro twist.
Sagging headlining lets down nicely preserved cabin.
A-series starts easily, runs well and is free from leaks.