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1985 MG Maestro 2.0 EFI

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  • Mileage36,086
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine2.0L
  • LocationStoney Stanton, Leicestershire


1985 MG Maestro 2.0 EFI

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Darren Rungasamy
Automotive Editor

This can only be considered a unicorn in MG Maestro circles - a one owner 36,000-mile car.

Memories have a funny way of recalling information, especially cars. Most of us will have a particular recollection of car, which for better or for worse will often stay with us. The MG Maestro could well be one of those cars. In a somewhat typical British Leyland fashion, the original MG Maestro had a rotten start, not helped by cash strapped Austin-Rover installing the troublesome 1.6 engine resulting in a disappointing flat fanfare.

However, 18 months after the original, the boffins at Austin Rover installed an excellent new 2.0-litre fuel-injected engine in the MG Maestro. Once matched up with a Honda gearbox, anti-roll bars and uprated brakes, the potential in the car was unleashed. It was the start of several hot MG Maestros, and for the MG brand, it looked like there was justification for a song and a bit of a dance but sadly the damage was done and the MG Maestro 2.0 EFI never really got to go to the Hot Hatch ball.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Adam after meeting Steve the owner's nephew, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

This MG is a glowing testament to the car's owner, there's no doubt that this has to be one of the best original examples currently for sale - if ever!

The original owner, Ronald, represents exactly everything you'd would wish for in an owner, retaining the original brochure, sales invoice, business card and even key fobs from the sales manager when he purchased the car in 1985. On top of that, he had managed to keep the car away from the dozens of hazards that befell the majority of MG Maestros.

Sadly Ronald passed away recently, but it now means that this car becomes his legacy and held as a tribute to his fastidious approach to motoring. It also offers a genuinely rare opportunity to own one of the best-unrestored examples currently available.

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From the day the MG left the showroom, it has been treated as one of the family - this is a very rare find.

Wheels and Tyres

The alloys are in good condition, with small signs of road use.

The tyres show well above legal tread but the mixed brands suggest they are not all recent items.


A genuine example, which is not thought to have received any repair work in its life.

The body is as good as one can expect, with minor signs of wear and use.

No evidence of rust at all, with no patches or welding. It's worth watching the video to appreciate how unique this original car is. The under-bonnet area, as well as the internal sections of the bodywork, are like new.


It retains it's deep lustre and catches the light without any serious flaws with no signs of age fade.

There are a few imperfections, but the effort to get this car 100% perfect is very achievable.

Glass and Trim

The glass is without significant scratches, with all the original pieces on the car.

There may be minor signs of age on the glass rubbers.

Some of the bumper and external side trim have minor marks but again in keeping with the age of the car, to be expected.

All light lenses are good.


The interior is like stepping into a Habitat store, lashes of grey with red detailing - an aesthetic to its uniqueness and bold graphic statement.

Seats and Carpets

The level of wear is consistent with a car that has only covered 36K in 35 years.

The carpet and seats are in very good condition, with the headlining, door cards and back seats reflecting the extraordinary care taken by the owner.


The dashboard, as expected is in excellent condition, with minor age-related wear. There are no cracks or scratches.

There are a couple of aftermarket items that have been fitted, including a thermometer and compass.

The car comes with its factory fitted stereo.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel has worn well, with just a few minor marks but is in remarkable condition.

The gear stick, pedals and switch-gear are in good condition too.


Worthy of the MG name, the Maestro 2.0 EFi was an able performer and finally placed the MG badge into respectability.

Engine and Gearbox

The engine runs well upon start up, with the engine coming up to temperature with no issues.

There are no unfamiliar noises or knocks and the gearbox feels like new.

The engine is in excellent overall condition, with no smoke from the exhaust.

Suspension and Brakes

The MG Maestro benefits from uprated suspension and brakes, given the care and love that this car has received, it's unlikely that they have been tested to their limit.

Please see the mechanical gallery and video to observe the excellent overall condition of those items.

The Drive

The clutch feels really nice with no judder, the biting point is exactly halfway.

The MG Maestro has superb manners in all driving conditions, this example as one should expect retains those qualities.

Electrics and Other

The brake light stayed on with the handbrake applied - it goes out when you release the brake and no lights are shown on the dashboard.

Please view the mechanical video for more details.

All aspects of the electrics are working as they should.

History and Paperwork

Any self-respecting MG Maestro fan should be desperate to buy this car and continue Ron's legacy - you know who you are, so don't regret not bidding.

The low mileage can easily be correlated by the low number of stamps in the service book. The owner would have also kept on top of any repair issues, and according to evidence of his notes seemed to be confident of being able to maintain the car himself.

The car was taken for an MOT in May 2020 and the previous paperwork highlights its 100% MOT pass rate, with just one fail in 2008 - a defective tyre.

The original sales invoice is included with the car that appears to also include the dealer fitment of a sunroof and security glass etching.

When do you ever find a car that has all dealer items included, i.e. original invoice / key fobs / front and rear number plates and even the rear window sticker - well never. In over £3m worth of sales recently we have not seen a modern classic car as original as this.

We have actioned our usual checks;
- Photo ID with authorisation to sell
- V5C
- HPi clear

Service History
Date Type Mileage
23.05.1985 Service Delivery
09.07.1985 Service 1,032
16.08.1988 Service 12,061
21.05.1998 Service 21,670
02.06.2006 MOT 28,994
23.05.2007 MOT 30,096
21.05.2008 MOT 30,622
21.05.2009 MOT 31,112
26.05.2010 MOT 31,727
25.05.2011 MOT 32,223
30.05.2012 MOT 32,866
07.05.2013 MOT 33,196
30.05.2014 MOT 33.804
28.05.2015 MOT 34,424
24.05.2016 MOT 34,958
26.05.2017 MOT 35,241
24.05.2018 MOT 35,555
25.05.2019 MOT 35,820
26.05.2020 MOT 35,973
Key Details
  • ModelMaestro 2.0 EFi
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date / Number24.05.85 / B566 AFC
  • CC1998
  • Mileage36,086
  • HistoryExcellent
  • ColourRed
  • Interior ColourGrey
  • Interior TrimCloth
  • Chassis #SAXXCTWU7AM00319758
  • Engine #20HA50AA0103632
  • RestoredNo
  • MOTYes - exp: 25.05.2021
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers1 Owner
  • # of Keys2
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • OwnedSince New
  • Key FeatureOriginality

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I think its an 1984 Model Year car as it seems to have the older wheels on it and no PAS or Factory Sunroof

David Shortland
David Shortland

Hi is this a no reserve auction ?


Has it got Power Steering and under the bonnet near the bonnet catch has that been touched up with a paint brush?

Steve Martin
Steve Martin

No the car does not have power steering.
I’ve just checked under the bonnet. It looks like a sealant which was probably applied when the car was manufactured.


If I win the auction can I pick up the car this coming Saturday

Steve Martin
Steve Martin

Yes that would be ok for me


Vehicle Location

Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire

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