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Maestro pickup

6th April 1985, Page 24
6th April 1985
Page 24
Page 24, 6th April 1985 — Maestro pickup
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AUSTIN ROVER main dealer Bletchley Motor Group has made up for the lack of any factory-built Maestro pickups, by offering its own pickup conversion based on the conventional front-wheel drive Maestro van.

The main van roof and sidewails behind the driving compartment are cut away leaving a body depth of around 444mm (17.5in) and the original Maestro van floor.

The cab is blanked off by a double diaphragm steel bulkhead with wrap-around strengthening rib anchored to the rear of both door frames.

Steel inner body panels with side caps are welded to the original frame, and bolster support bars are fitted as standard to supply extra load restraining protection.

A tailgate derived from the discontinued ltal pickup is used in the aperture left by the removal of the rear doors. The rear tail light clusters remain in their original position, but are blanked off with alloy access covers for protection.

All panels are treated against corrosion and external paintwork is matched up to the original Maestro van colour scheme. The Camion pickup has a loadbed length of 1,712mm (67.4in), and an internal width between wheel arches of 1,021mm (40.2in).

The tailgate aperture measures 1,209mm {47.6in), and the unladen loading height is 551mm (21.7in).

BMG's Camion pickup conversion is available on all Maestro van models with the Maestro 500 van-based pick-up retaining its 500kg (9.85cwt) payload, while the Maestro 700 van conversion keeps its 700kg (13.8cwt) carrying capacity.

The original van suspension remains unaltered on all models.

A 12-month guarantee is offered with all Camion pickups, with the conversion adding around £450 to the list price of all van models.


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