1999 Rover Maestro
Fun road/rally car for that International challenge; LHD
In production from 1982 until 1995 the MG and Austin Maestros were very good cars. After Longbridge production ceased, it was not the end of the story however. The factory continued to produce the car in CKD (Completely Knocked Down) form, supplying a number of businesses around the world, local garage Parkway of Ledbury perhaps being the best known 'assembler'.
This 1999 left hooker was however a Bulgarian-built car, produced by a company called Rodacar. It carried on using the indestructable 1,275cc A+ A-Series engine, but this time coupled to a VW five-speed box. It was originally black and according to the V5C, has enjoyed 10 UK owners and has been here since registered new in November 1999.
The MOT, which incidently shows no advisories and expires in April 2023 indicates 106,000 miles, but a look at the speedo will tell you that this is KMs and as far as we know is probably right so its more like 66,000 miles. The MOT history also shows that it has done nothing for 10 years so is now looking for some excitement.
A past owner entered the 2009 Staples to Naples Banger Rally, the car having lived in Spain from 2007 to 2008. He pimped the car to look (a bit) like a Paddy Hopkirk BMC rally car (we can't remember those having 'I say, Ding Dong' stickers on the side) and it provided 4,800kms of unbridled fun with no problems whatsoever.
There are a few things to sort......the driver's door only opens from the inside, but it starts instantly (well it is an A-series) and has been driving nicely around the site. If you are planning an International venture, you could do a lot worse than chosing this robust, spacious and comfortable machine which is simple enough to fix when the going gets tough.
On offer at No Reserve, it could well provide the most fun/£ in the sale....
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Reg No: N809DRP
Chassis Number: SAXXCHWD8AV802161
Engine Number: 12A2AK8732667
Engine Size: 1300CC
Docs: V5C, MOT April 2023, 3 old MOT's.
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