Austin Maestro (1983 – 1994) Review

Austin Maestro (1983 – 1994) At A Glance


+Spacious and economical

-Rusty and generally undesirable, only the tidiest examples are worth having

Following hard on the heels of the Metro, the Maestrowas supposed to return BL to profitability in the 1980s. In reality, it hit the market five years too late, and lacked the showroom appeal of the sharp-suited Ford Escort Mk3 and Vauxhall Astra.

The Maestro racked up even poorer sales figures than the Allegro despite being considerably more capable. Engines and (VW-sourced) gearboxes were a disappointment, and non-structual rust continues to be a real problem.

Talking-dash Vanden Plas is interesting, as is the ultra-economical HLE version – and probably the ones to have in coming years..