It was well-named for its space, but has the Maxi shaken off its reputation for poor build? RICHARD GUNN investigates
AUSTIN MAXI REVIEW
The Maxi should be more highly regarded. It was Sir Alec Issigonis’s final design and the last car developed by the British Motor Corporation – although its launch timing also made it the first flowering from the new British Leyland morass. But lack of glamour – much more a workhorse rather than a charismatic machine – and poor build quality destroyed its reputation. Those that have survived are generally the good ones now.