Austin Montego (1984 – 1994) Review

Austin Montego (1984 – 1994) At A Glance


+Roomy, comfortable and swift in both 1.6- and 2.0-litre form

-Zero image, and loved by a handful of enthusiasts

Considering the Montego is so closely based on the Maestro, it looks refreshingly different. Hardly handsome, but certainly a departure. Built to capture the hearts and minds of the UK's company car drivers, the Montego performed exceedingly well considering its less-than-inspired underpinnings.

Wide range of engines (from 1.3- to 2.0-litres) and trim levels make this a car for all people, and as it's currently unloved, it's a bargain buy. Seven-seat Countryman estate is a cheap and very stylish people carrier – just make sure those sills aren't too rusty and the engine is leak-free.

Ask Honest John

How much is an Austin Montego worth now?

"I’ve just inherited a Austin Montego in British racing green with 37,000 miles on the clock. It's in good condition and I'd like to know how much it’s worth? "
I dearly wish I could offer you an Antiques Roadshow moment where I tell you it's worth a lot of money, but sadly I can't. The Montego is an unloved and often underappreciated classic. Depending on the condition, it will be worth anywhere from £500 to £1250.
Answered by Keith Moody

How much would an Austin Montego be worth?

"Near where I live, in Italy, there is a Montego parked on a driveway, doing nothing like it has been doing for the past 10 or 12 years. Is it the only one left in the world? What could it be worth?"
It might well be rare, but sadly it's unlikely to be worth anymore than a UK Montego in the same spec and condition. Tanya Field, Maestro & Montego Owners' Club chairman, said, 'People often confuse rare and valuable and for most BLARG cars.'
Answered by Keith Moody
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