1978 Rover - Austin Maxi HL from UK and Ireland - Comments

17th Jan 2001, 12:13

I have what I think must be one the lowest mileage Maxi's left, it has covered less than 15,000 miles and has been stored under cover sinced purchased new. It has only been used for towing a caravan for two or three years and I must say it is the best towing vehicle ever made. Unfortunately I am now having to consider selling the Maxi.

18th May 2001, 16:18

Austin Maxi, 1100, 1300, 1800, Princess, Ambassador etc. etc. Happy memories but don't buy one as a British collectors car our kid unless it's dirt cheap. Suspension units fail on these models and break your heart and pocket. Engine and gearbox share the same oil too on many versions so gears self destruct. Go for a Minor, or A30/A40, or an Oxford or A60 Cambridge (not twin carb. variants) if bodywork not held together with bathroom sealant. Triumphs also a good collectors buy, 6 cylinder models very tasty and satisfying.

14th Sep 2001, 05:24

I have a 1971 Maxi 1750, it has only done 42000 miles from new and has always been in a garage. It's one of the best cars I have ever driven, it handles much better than most modern hatchbacks. My dad also has two himself, this is what is left of the 5 he had at one time.

27th Feb 2004, 18:35

I had a 1979 HL (later single carb version) as my first car 14 years ago. I got it cheap, didn't spend too much on it (in other words the hydra-gas units were OK on mine) kept it for a year and sold it for nearly what I paid.

At the time all my mates were driving Minis and Fiestas so they were always wanting to travel in mine with the space and cruising ability. Probably the best thing to come out of the BL stable through the 70s, but then that doesn't say much, does it?!

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