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Austin Maestro

Austin Maestro

Take yourself back to February 1983, you are a leading journalist and sitting on your desk is a parcel, you open it up to find this ring binder inside......

Austin Rover Group Maestro Launch Catalogue















Not for Publication until 1st March 1983


Innovation, advanced technology, aerodynamic style, versatile packaging and exceptionally low running costs are the hall­marks of the Austin Rover Group's exciting new Maestro, a compact, five-door, front-wheel-drive hatchback which, by virtue of a specification which transcends the traditional sector split, will forge a broad arrow into the medium sector market.

Maestro's seven model range, from a 1.3 litre standard model to a sporting 110 mph plus MG 1600, is designed to capture sales from both the lower medium and upper medium sized cars in the middle ground of the new car market, a section which accounts for 60 per cent of all new car sales in the UK.

Maestro's advanced specification and wide appeal will push the Austin Rover Group firmly into contention in the medium sector and is essential to the company's forward profitability plan, promising a favourable increase in market share.

Outstanding technological features incorporated in Maestro include:

  • Microprocessor controlled Engine Management package incorporating electronic fuel control and breakerless ignition
  • Solid state electronic instrumentation
  • Voice synthesis
  • Body colour, integrated moulded bumpers

 Austin Maestro Press Information

  • Flush glazing
  • Homofocal headlamps
  • White light front indicator lamps
  • Low rolling resistance economy tyres
  • Aerodynamically efficient shape

This remarkable combination of advanced features helps to position the Austin Rover Group firmly amongst industry leaders in technology.

Maestro the Computerised Car

Electronic Engine Management on Maestro's carburetter engines gives the efficiency benefits of electronic fuel injection with­out the cost.

An on-board microprocessor avoids fuel wastage by controlling an automatic choke to meter the exact engine condition and control the mixture accordingly, by cutting off fuel on de­celeration and, by means of an electronic idle speed control, by reducing engine idle speed.

High energy breakerless ignition is included in the management package for improved efficiency and for consistency in service.

This unique Engine Management system is fitted to all Maestros except the high performance MG.

Austin Maestro Press Information

Maestro the Talking Car 

Maestro is the first European built volume production car to offer voice synthesis as standard equipment.

Maestro actually talks to the driver, asking him or her politely, in a calm, female voice, to "Please fasten your seatbelt", or to warn of abnormal running conditions like "Handbrake on".

The 32-word voice synthesis unit supplements the electronic instrument pack and trip computer of the Vanden Plas and MG Maestro by monitoring selected operating functions and providing audible warnings when necessary. It is available as an option on some other models.

The advanced, solid state electronic instrument system has no moving parts-other than for the mileage recorder and has a processing capacity about twice that of an advanced home computer system.

Vacuum fluorescent displays are used for speed, engine revs, temperature and fuel tank contents.

The display can be converted to and from mph to kph by the push of a button.

Then move forward to September 2021

Oxford Diecast announces that the new 1:76 scale Maestro will join the range.

  Oxford Diecast Austin Maestro 76MST001 Design Cell

 A car much requested with over 600,000 manufactured.

Oxford Diecast Austin Maestro CAD 1:76 Scale

 Oxford Diecast Austin Maestro CAD

Early CAD Data for the Austin Maestro

We estimate first shots will be around late 2021 - I will keep you updated as we progress, until then it's back to 1983!!!


Back to 1983 Launch Pictures

Austin Maestro Launch Picture 1983 - Oxford Diecast Blog from Taff

Austin Maestro Launch Picture 1983 - Oxford Diecast Blog from Taff

Austin Maestro Launch Picture 1983 - Oxford Diecast Blog from Taff

Austin Maestro Launch Picture 1983 - Oxford Diecast Blog from Taff

Austin Maestro Launch Picture 1983 - Oxford Diecast Blog from Taff



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Ashley Lovering - October 9, 2021

Hi Taff’. Remember driving the Montego the council owned … a roomy car but not in the same league as the Peugeot 405.
Regards Ash

Peter Bate - October 9, 2021

My brother bought a red one in 1988. He lived in Brighton but travelled to Tunbridge Wells mon-fri. Some 6ths after purchase and just in time for winter the heater packed up! I don’t think he ever got it fixed but had the car 3yrs with no other problems….! He got it the day before I went to visit and after we had had visited a birthday party near Dorking I got to drive it on the M25 in thick fog.Not a bad machine to drive but to me the best ever model for driving was the Sierra closely followed by the early Mondeo in my humble and unasked for opinion!

Nigel Wright - October 9, 2021

Hi Taff.
Great news that the Maestro is on the way. I had a 1985 C-registration MG 2.0 Efi in Moonraker Blue, which I adored. Fast, spacious, comfortable, economical and reliable. I sold it to my aunt in1989 and she ran it until 2006. Like many others, I hope MG versions and a 1:43 model will eventually appear.

Jos Sint Nicolaas - October 9, 2021

Excellent choice. I drove at that time a red Maestro 1.3L After 4 years I bought a white 1.6HLS. With both cars I had never any problems. I always said: “Proud to drive British in Opel and VW country” (the Netherlands)
I can’t wait to buy these models.
Kind regards

Jim - October 9, 2021

Great choice! I’ll be acquiring one. I had an ‘88 1.6L 5-speed while I was at university and about 6 months after. Very quick in a straight line but jellified with even a 2 degree adjustment to the helm, and the 3rd braking session for the Milton Keynes roundabouts could be exciting due to brake fade. Popped a freeze plug out of the block (wasn’t plated properly and rotted out!) but that and permanent rocker cover leaks aside, it served me well.

John Walker - October 9, 2021

Drove these as the rural ‘panda’ car back in the mid 80’s. I loved it, mind you the alternative was a 998cc very basic Metro!

William Alexander - October 9, 2021

I bought a new MG Maestro- black- and it was a lovely car to drive: the main problem was with the Webber (?) carburettors flooding- if I remember correctly. BL seemingly couldn’t afford an injection system that worked, and obviously lacked the finance to develop their own. What a difference injection would have made! At that time I wanted to buy British and the Maestro was the size of car I needed- up from the 1100 I had. Eventually I sold it to a film stunt driver, and it met a grisly end!

David - October 9, 2021


A great model choice, I hope the Oxford range will eventually include the MG 1600 and also a variety of colours. My Dad had an A reg Black MG 1600, would love it to be reincarnated as an Oxford model; A889GPC.

I’m hoping for the Metro in the A and K series variations, in not just the halo top models.

Anthony Wilkinson - October 9, 2021

I had a new MG Maestro 2.0i in 1987 (E reg) keep it 3.5 years, never missed a beat, only needed its annual service. Quicker and more reliable than a friends Golf GTi
MG 2.0i version in Diamond White please.

John Finney - October 9, 2021

Hi Taff
I had one of these brand new immediately after the lauch. It was a very spacious car and compared with what was generally available very wide. We went to Cornwall on holiday and visited Looe. Whilst we were there a fire broke out on the Main St., we were directed by the police down some side roads until we reached a very narrow bit. The Maestro would not go through, it’s wing mirrors although turned in were touching the walls on either side of the road!. They than had to redo very the traffic whilst we reversed out and found another route.

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