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1300cc Maestro ‘The odd ball’!

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  • [For Sale] 1300cc Maestro ‘The odd ball’!

    This is the final Maestro/Montego from the estate of the late Rob Woodgate that is now up for sale. If you are a member of the owners club then you’ll probably know about the ‘Odd Ball’ Maestro that Rob owned and displayed at shows in the south east area.
    The British Motor Industry Heritage team have confirmed this car was built on the 28th February 1983, despatched on the 8th March 1983 and is documented as a 1.3L. However, it is badged as a base 1.3 and just to add another twist, apparently it hass built to City specification which didn't come out until 1985!
    Further ‘Odd ball’ items are listed below:
    • The front seats have no headrests or rake adjustment.
    • The ignition switch is nonstandard and does not include a column lock.
    • The lights are controlled by a rocker switch in a different position to standard on the steering column cowling (see photo)
    • There is no centre console and only a driver’s door mirror.
    • There is a blanking plate where the radio should be and the aerial point is blanked off.
    • There are no cappings above the door cards.
    • The steering wheel rim appears thinner than other models
    • The gear stick is bent near the top unlike other models which are straight
    • The roof lining is PVC and suspended on wires which was only fitted to a small number of very early cars
    Also the thickness of the metal which the car is constructed from is of a heavier gauge than any other Maestro the family have had or seen.
    This car was saved from becoming a banger racer in January 2016 by Rob. It was covered in green mould outside and had sodden carpets with white mould on the seats.
    There were a few places on both sills that required small plates welded in. The doors, wings and bonnet were, and still are, all solid. It was understood to have been standing for about 6 years and as one can expect the tyres fitted at the time were perished so a new set were required.
    The carburettor was cleaned out and tappets adjusted to get it running. The brakes were cleaned and adjusted. One front light lens was replaced and faulty bulbs attended to. There were no front seat belts so a second-hand set were fitted and it went off for an MOT and passed.
    Following the MOT the car was driven back home where it underwent a full interior strip down to allow carpets and other surfaces to dry out and be cleaned, including the roof lining.
    The exterior had its bumpers and lights removed to allow a full clean and detailing. The rear bumper required some reshaping. Both bumpers were resprayed along with some small areas of bodywork.
    Where possible all original parts have been reused, this included refurbishing the brown door rubbers.
    Unfortunately, the family are unable to keep this individual car and knowing how much Rob enjoyed and cherished it, it is hoped that it can be sold to another Maestro enthusiast, who understands its place in Maestro history. It has an MOT until April 2022, which has 3 minor advisories, and is ready to drive home.
    11 more hi-res photos of the car are available on request to interested parties, in addition to the 5 shown below.

    Offers are invited in the region of 2600 and any questions you may have will be answered by the family. The heritage certificate will, of course come with the car.

    Posted on behalf of Jason Woodgate
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