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Top 10: Car-derived commercials

Creating a van or pick-up from a passenger-carrying car isn’t exactly a new concept. In fact, it’s probably as old as the motor car itself. For obvious reasons, however, such vehicles tend to be relatively rare in terms of their survival rate; after all, a commercial vehicle bought to work hard for a living is unlikely to last as long as a privately owned car that’s cared for, serviced and probably even washed and polished from time to time.

No wonder the most popular car-derived classic commercials have seen hefty increases in values over the last few years. Here we pay tribute to ten of the best. Which one would you choose?

By Paul Guinness, Contributor

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Austin Maestro Van

Effectively replacing the old Ital-based vans was the Maestro, available with either the 2.0-litre ex-Perkins diesel engine (in turbocharged or normally-aspirated guises) or the good old 1275cc A-series lump. Either way, the long-running Maestro managed to give its Escort arch rival a run for its money thanks to an 86 cubic feet load area and payload of up to 700kg.

Good ones are getting scarcer now – and whilst it’s still possible to pick up a sound but tatty Maestro Van for just a few hundred pounds, we’ve seen low-mileage examples in immaculate order going for £3000-plus.

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