Beauty I can see Neil but the brains I really don't get at all
That Marina Advert stirs yet more memories for me. The HTV West logo at the beginning was the logo of our local ITV telly when I was a kid..
The Maxi and Allaggro got the E-Series motors which were worse. The O-Series engine was not really so bad and saw life as you say in Maestro and Montwontgo. I believe it was modified to become the T-series after that.
Yes, that's it Mike, the block and bottom end was the basis of the T series. Used right up quite late wasn't it? Didn’t the hot Rover 220 Tomcat have that engine?
The E series was a real old boat anchor. I have a book going into the history of the Austin Maxi where it speaks a lot about the problems they had developing the E series; it was allegedly always under-powered and inefficient. The gearbox had issues too with a mainshaft retaining nut that came loose for a pastime and caused havoc and requiring a gearbox strip to resolve.
The Maxi was a crying shame really, a brilliant concept flawed by a bad engine, a poor cable gear change (in the early ones) and BL build quality. It should, like the Marina and Allaggro, been a world-beater and could so easily have been.