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Top 10: Endangered cars from the 1990s

Cast your mind back to the 1990s, a time when Ant and Dec were still called PJ and Duncan, Chris Evans was far too down with the kids to be associated with Radio 2 and some people were wearing those odd Global Hypercolour t-shirts.

It was also a time when you could still buy a Rover, an MG and if you really wanted, a Daewoo. That'll be the Daewoo. Sadly (or perhaps not) many cars from that era are fast disappearing, so which are the most endangered?

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MG Maestro

5 still registered in the UK - 0 licenced, 5 SORN

The 1980s were not kind to MG. The once treasured brand was reduced to producing rebadged versions of the likes of the woeful Maestro. A long way from the heady days of the MGB. And by the 1990s, the MG Maestro was at the end of its life with imminent arrival of the Rover 200 GTI. It was axed in 1992.

That goes a long way to explaining why there are only five still left in the UK - all of which are SORN'd. Despite the MG Maestro Turbo having genuine hot hatch credentials with a 2.0-litre engine producing 152bhp, a top speed of 128mph and a Tickford designed body kit, it couldn't disguise how dated the Maestro underpinnings were. Despite that the standard Maestro actually soldiered on until the mid 1990s by which time it was pretty much an antique.


hipfar    on 7 June 2016

Just a question, there are only 6 Mazda 626 2.5gt V6 abs left in the uk, how come these are not listed? lovely car, superb to drive, very reliable, spacious but never mentioned!

john444    on 24 March 2017

I know Maestros were rubbish and hated by everyone at the time, but I judge as is, not as the herd tells me to judge. Mine was superb, great performance against its contemporaries, beautiful interior, and great road holding. You probably think I'm insane if you've read this far, but having been a petrol head all my life, and having owned many great cars (including three Elans, two BMW's etc.) I stand by the evidence of my own experience.

paul jenkins    on 12 June 2017

we used a diesel maestro as a taxi it was noisy but incredibly economical on fuel

   on 15 January 2019

l had a lovely red MG Maestro 2.0 Efi..... It was great for leaving behind BMW's & other so called fast cars at the lights...Only real problem was the plastic panel parts inside....

Frederik Moorman van Kappen    on 29 February 2020

In the Netherlands I once owned a blue Maestro Mayfair, I loved the plastic wood door cappings, luxurious upholstery and matte metal door mirrors. Compared to contemporary VW Golf cars, I noticed how cavernous they were and how little passenger space they offered. I had the 1600 s engine which had adequate grunt. After losing this car in a traffic accident I looked for another one and came across a white mg maestro 1600. What a delightful car: gurgling webers, close ratio gearbox, excellent sports seats. And, let's not forget the digital dashboard and speaking board computer.
I still miss it and if I ever come across a LHD example, it will be mine!

So quit the Maestro bashing, compared to a VW Golf I couldn't find one point in which the VW was better than the Maestro.
Thank you British Leyland.

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